F1 2018‘s career mode is going to put a much larger emphasis on dealing with the media, according to a new developer diary released by Codemasters.
The way in which players choose to deal with Claire, the new reporter character in the game, will shape the way in which they are seen in the sport and will directly affect how their career progresses. As an example, the answers that players give can increase/decrease the motivation within departments, altering the cost and reliability of upgrades.
“The media are going to play a huge part in the player’s career,” F1 2018’s game director, Lee Mather said. “It’s super important for a driver to not just be skilled on track. It’s all about being the complete package. The player is going to need to consider how their answers impact the morale of their team and also how other teams in the paddock perceive them.
“Certain teams may like to see a driver who is a great sportsman: demure and calm in front of the press, even under high-pressure situations, while others may want a driver who is more of a showman who can create buzz.”
As players progress in their career and become better known within the sport they will gain access to new answers to questions and new locations for interviews.
Along with the interview and media improvements, this year’s career mode also lets players approach rival teams about moving to them and switch teams mid-season.
F1 2018 launches August 28th, 2018 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.