The team behind EA SPORTS F1 22 has released a video of the game in action at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, highlighting the updated track model ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix this weekend.
The video shows the 2022 Alpine A521 F1 car of Fernando Alonso completing a hot lap. Of particular note is the reprofiled Turn 10 and 11, aka La Caixa, complex – a first for the games series.
Sausage kerbs around the circuit have also been updated, with off-track areas between Turns 10 and 14 receiving extra attention.
The Barcelona track first altered its layout before the onset of the 2021 season, and F1 2021 developer Codemasters faced criticism for not including the changes. The criticism was brought into stark focus by MotoGP 21 including the reprofiled corners – despite being released nearly three months earlier.
As well as alterations to the Spanish GP track layout, F1 22 will also feature remodelled versions of Australia’s Albert Park Circuit and Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Circuit.
Developers used LIDAR data to bring the amended venues to life, with the Turns 8 and 9 chicane disappearing at Albert Park and more chicane deletions occurring at Turns 9 and 11 at Yas Marina.
Not only will F1 22 feature new track configurations, but it is also set to showcase VR for the first time in series history, albeit on PC only for the time being. Sprint events are also added, with Immersive and Broadcast play modes said to significantly alter gameplay.