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I’ll be very honest, I haven’t recently posted F1 23 news or previews I have had access to. I’ve felt a little negative about the franchise and whether my feelings towards it are deserved or not, I know exactly what caused me to feel that way.

I asked Codemasters the following:

My only questions remain to be about F1 2021 no longer being available. It is currently not possible for new users to play Braking Point 1.

Do the developers have any comment on the lack of consumer support there, or whether there are plans to bring older content like the 2010-2021 cars or Braking Point from the Codemasters F1 franchise into the EA Sports releases?

Here is an article I published last night that touches on this issue:

How IndyCar Licensing Has Been Broken Since 1994


“nobody can buy F1 2010 – F1 2021 and experience the evolution of the Codemasters F1 franchise or indeed Formula One itself during that snapshot of time anymore”

“we’re going to end up in 10 or 20 years unable to give any new sim racers or racing fans an education on any car without an electric engine unless it’s in a museum.”

I’d welcome any feedback on this issue specifically.

The response, quoted fully below, points out that F1 2021 is still playable for new players, but only via an EA Play subscription. There’s no other option or reaction offered. The response was disappointing and ultimately taints my feelings on whether F1 23 will be supported by the developers for any longer than a year before being removed from sale after two as well. Having set this site up to be an archive of sim racing, F1 2021 ultimately sold for less time than NASCAR Racing 2003 Season and it’s not like there are physical copies of the PC release out there for people to sell to each other or eventually upload to archive.org.

I’ll get there, I’ll report F1 23 news. But the “meh” is strong with this one for me right now.

Their response:

F1 2021 is still available via EA Play for all subscribers across PlayStation, Xbox and PC (Steam and EA app). Players can access the entire game alongside a vast back catalogue of titles and other benefits for a monthly subscription starting at $4.99.

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Yeah, EA Play was the first thing I checked when I learned that F1 2021 is no longer available. And guess what? It's not there*. So their statement is a lie.

* by "there" I mean in the EA App on PC

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