A few months after its release, Frontier is already ending support for F1 Manager 2022, its racing game management simulator.
Frontier’s first steps into motorsport simulation with F1 Manager 2022 is an impressively deep game, allowing us to give Lewis Hamilton the victory he deservesbut it turns out there won’t be much post-launch support.
Just two months after the release of F1 Manager 2022, Frontier said in a Reddit post that the “next F1 Manager 2022 update will be the last significant update that addresses player-reported feedback or suggested changes and additions. Any potential updates after this would be minor fixes that would not visibly affect gameplay.”
Frontier says it is listening 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 interactions between the developers and the community would not end there and that they would always accept advice and criticism that the community sent. However, this did not seem to quell the complaints.
One of the main criticisms leveled at F1 Manager 2022 is that there are frustrating bugs such as an overtaking issue, and there are also issues with the Drag Reduction System, the feature that allows cars to go significantly faster on straight sections of the track.
Other issues players pointed out in the comments under the Reddit announcement were the inability to unlock your car when under a safety car, issues with mid-season driver sign-up, and AI drivers struggling to keep up with the car’s development over time. over a season.
Each of these issues is critical to a racing game, and so it’s frustrating that they won’t be added until a future iteration of F1 Manager.
One season ahead
Fans are understandably less than amused by the whole situation, feeling cheated and abandoned, many have taken to the comments section to speak their minds.
Much of the frustration is because the development team is working on F1 Manager 2023. It appears that while the team acknowledges the game’s issues, 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 one-time releases that received support long after launch. It’s the nature of this style of release, like in FIFA and Madden, that the team has to move on to the new title, leaving the old one behind.
One consequence of this style of release is that the series can become stagnant, with only minor updates between releases – like in FIFA. The demand to keep up with the new sports season and the pressure to tick that box will mean they won’t be able to spend time tweaking F1 Manager 2022 and making it better. However, for some players, this may have shut them off from the series forever.