A few months after its release, Frontier is already ending support for F1 Manager 2022, the racing game management simulator.
Frontier’s first steps into motorsport simulation with F1 Manager 2022 is an impressive deep game, which leaves us give Lewis Hamilton the win he deservesbut it turns out it won’t get much support after release.
Just two months after the release of F1 Manager 2022, Frontier said in a reddit post that the “next update for F1 Manager 2022 will be the last major update addressing player-reported feedback or proposed changes and additions. Any possible updates that follow will be minor patches that will not noticeably affect gameplay.”
Frontier says it listens to “important reports and requests” from the community; however, these updates will be seen in upcoming releases and not in F1 Manager 2022.
Frontier tried to reassure fans by telling them that the interaction between developers and the community would not end there and that they will always take advice and criticism that the community sends at them. However, this did not seem to alleviate the complaints.
A major criticism of F1 Manager 2022 is that there are frustrating bugs, such as an overtaking problem, and there are also issues with the Drag Reduction System, the feature that allows cars to drive significantly faster on track straights.
Other issues players pointed out in the comments below the Reddit announcement included the inability to deploy their car when under a safety car, mid-season driver enrollment issues, and AI drivers struggling to maneuver the car. track development over a season.
Each of these issues is quite fundamental to a racing game and so it’s frustrating that they won’t be added to F1 Manager until a future iteration.
A season ahead
Fans are understandably less than amused by the whole situation, feeling shortchanged and abandoned, many headed to the comment section to voice their opinion.
Much of the frustration comes as the development team continues to work on F1 Manager 2023. It appears that while the team recognizes the issues in the game, it will only address them in future releases.
F1 Manager 2022 is Frontier Developments’ first foray into an annual release cycle, with previous games, such as Elite Dangerous and Planet Coaster, being some releases supported long after launch. It is the nature of this release style, as with FIFA and Madden, that the team has to move to the new title and leave the old release behind.
One knock-on effect of that style of release is that the series can stagnate, with only minor updates between releases – like FIFA. The demand to keep up with the new sporting season and the pressure to tick this box means they can’t spend time adapting and improving F1 Manager 2022. However, for some players this could have put them out of the series for good.