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F1 23 gets first Replay and lots of new challenges

EA Sports and Codemasters announce next wave of content
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Just a day after the release of patch 1.08 for F1 23 developer Codemasters and publisher EA Sports have announced the next big wave of content coming to their racing sim on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S. Launching on July 25, 2023, are the first F1 Replay, an app enabling players to coordinate for competitions, and updated driver ratings reflecting the performance of Formula 1’s athletes up to this point in the season.

F1 Replay allows players to jump into a cockpit of their choice for any race of the current season with their actual starting grids, challenging them to rewrite history. Bahrain’s season opener is the first Grand Prix available in this way with one race from the calendar being added weekly from now on.

For those seeking more difficulty, a series of Pro Challenges is on the way as well: At the end of August 2023 players will be able to measure their skill directly against that of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in a ghost lap time trial – the world champion been rather critical of the series in the past, but as an EA Sports ambassador he probably couldn’t say no to this one.

Max Verstappen wearing an EA Sports-branded helmet.

Max Verstappen himself will be your opponent in F1 23's first Pro Challenge.

“We are really excited to provide fans with new racing challenges, including the opportunity to test their skills against in-game ghost laps of real-world F1 drivers, starting with the current Championship leader,” said Lee Mather, Senior Creative Director at Codemasters, in a press release. “Our new ‘Pro Challenge’ will become a key feature in ‘F1 World’ hub awarding racers both glory and exclusive items.”

The F1 World hub will feature other challenging scenarios as well, which will be released throughout July and August 2023 and cast players in the roles of George Russell, Fernando Alonso, Valtteri Bottas, and Oscar Piastri.

Finally, EA has launched a new Racenet app for iOS and Android devices that enables players to freely manage custom multiplayer championships – the game calls them Leagues – from anywhere, making it easier to coordinate with everyone involved and schedule races. That last part is no longer strictly necessary, though, since on-demand league racing and AI vehicles have been added as well.