The gaming options for race fans are widening. A new version of the mobile game Motorsport Manager takes it onto PC for the first time and will give players the chance to run their own virtual single-seater team, handling all aspects of the squad from building windtunnels and junior driver programmes, to hiring drivers and dealing with the media.
It will be released on PC, Mac and Linux this September, it was announced today.
The game, which has been downloaded more than 1.4 million times on Android and iOS devices, is an all-new project from Guildford-based developers Playsport Games.
The player will also have full control over the design and manufacturing processes of the car their team will use from a factory and team base they will have to maintain.
The game will also allow players to vote on new rules – it’s unclear if the full frustration of the F1 Commission process will be included – while dealing with budgets, hiring engineers and then running the squad through all the usual aspects of a race weekend.
Christian West, the founder and CTO of Playsport Games, explained that the original hand-held game was designed specifically for motorsport supporters and added that the larger version would add even more detail to satisfy fans of the sport.
He said: “As motorsport fans, we’ve been waiting to play a game like this for a long time. That was how the original Motorsport Manager for mobile devices came about.
“We wanted to take that experience to the next level by building an all new version of Motorsport Manager for PC with massively enhanced gameplay and unparalleled depth and detail; right down to the effects of tyre degradation from how much rubber has been laid down from the previous session.
“With the help of SEGA, we’re hugely confident of delivering a management experience that fans of motorsport will absolutely love.”
John Clark, SEGA Europe’s vice president of commercial publishing, described how his division had been impressed by the growth of Playsport Games.
He said: “Playsport Games’ growth as a studio has been rapid since the launch of Motorsport Manager for mobile devices in 2014, with Christian West growing the company from a one-man operation to a team that is now 14-strong, in just two years.
“The announcement of Motorsport Manager for PC underlines the ambition of Playsport Games to deliver a best-in-class experience and also SEGA’s continuing commitment to work with new studios and nurture new franchises that befit our mantra of uncompromising quality.
“SEGA has great traditions in motorsport, and we are very excited to be part of a game that allows players to experience the world of racing like never before.”
Judging by the level of detail the developers have explained, this game will look intriguing to any in-depth motorsport fan.
Motorsport Manager does not hold the F1 licenses from FOM; so don’t expect to be engineering your own Red Bull seat swap situation. But that should not be held against the game, which is backed by SEGA, publisher of the uber-successful Football Manager series, and it looks like it could offer players the depth the console F1 games are often said to lack.
We hope to be able to bring you a review of the game later in the season.
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