Formula One 2001 (video game)
|Formula One 2001|
|Developer(s)||Studio 33 (PS)|
SCE Studio Liverpool (PS2)
|Publisher(s)||Sony Computer Entertainment|
|Platform(s)||PlayStation, PlayStation 2|
Formula One 2001 is a racing video game for PlayStation, and PlayStation 2 developed by Studio 33 (PS) and SCE Studio Liverpool (PS2) and published by Sony Computer Entertainment. The PlayStation 2 version was the first game to support the Logitech GT Force racing wheel.
Formula One 2001 was the last simulation Formula One game to appear on the original PlayStation. It was also the last game in the series released in North America before the 2005 release of F1 Grand Prix for the PlayStation Portable.
A new mode—"Challenge" mode—was introduced. In Challenge mode, players were given a lap around Spa-Francorchamps in Jenson Button's Benetton B201. Players who achieved a fast lap time were given a verification code, and the opportunity to post their winning times on the Internet to compare their times to other people's if they have an account.
In some editions, a DVD was given for free. The DVD offers a commentated review of the 1999 season, race by race, with the option to toggle between viewing the main stream, an on-board car camera, view the pitlane or see on-screen data such as lap times and positions. These features were used in the former pay-per-view F1 Digital+'s interactive coverage.
Formula One 2001 was developed by Studio 33 for the PlayStation while Sony Studio Liverpool developed the PlayStation 2 version. Formula One 2001 was created with the help of Benetton, Jaguar, Jordan and Arrows. Many of the employees from former franchise owner Psygnosis aided in the development. At the peak of development, the game was worked upon by 25 people with a majority of them being programmers and artists.
The game's engine was based upon a Research and Development project that began two years before the release of the game. This was to develop the physics, collision and A.I. for the game. Sony had an extensive reference library for the tracks including aerial photographs, close-ups of the tracks and over 200 hours of race footage from F1 Digital+. The PlayStation 2 graphical capabilities allowed the team to include more detail such as trackside details which were previously omitted and unique cockpit camera angles.
Studio Liverpool managed to contact Formula One Administration who provided audio samples for all the cars. However, some of the audio samples provided were believed to be unsuitable. To rectify this, the developers spoke to Jordan and Prost and Sound Engineer Michael de Belle visited the garages to record the engine noises from the cars. The original PlayStation's central processing unit was used for sound processing.
At the 2001 United States Grand Prix, Sony held a variety of sport promotions with Jenson Button and a multi-million advertising campaign. The advertising efforts in the United States included a national television campaign via network, cable and syndication sports programming. Promotions in print spreads and online advertising were also used.
A Formula One 2001 American Challenge was held on 29 September 2001 in Castleton, Indiana. The event saw a time trial competition using the game and was played by Jenson Button against consumer Chris Ohanian. Ohanian made it into the final round by scoring one of the top 2 times but in the final, he was defeated by Button who set a lap time of 1:15.6 compared to Ohanian's 1:16.0.
The game features all the drivers and tracks from the 2001 season, although Tarso Marques' name is never mentioned by Murray Walker. Instead on the PS1 version, Murray Walker calls him 'Minardi', however on the PS2 version nothing is mentioned. Depending on which version the player has, some of the replacement drivers that appeared in the real F1 season are in the game, however drivers such as Ricardo Zonta, Alex Yoong and Tomáš Enge are not featured.
In the European version of the game, released earlier in the year, Jean Alesi can be seen driving for the Prost Grand Prix team while German driver Heinz-Harald Frentzen drives for the Jordan Grand Prix. In the American version, released on September of the same year, both drivers have switched roles as they also did in real life. On top of this, in the European version Luciano Burti drives for Jaguar Racing, whilst Gastón Mazzacane drives for the Prost Grand Prix. In the American version however, Luciano Burti drives for the Prost Grand Prix, whilst Pedro de la Rosa drives for Jaguar Racing as they both did in real life from the Spanish Grand Prix.
All alcohol and tobacco sponsors are censored.
- Ferrari's Marlboro is completely censored.
- Williams's Veltins is replaced by the normal colour of the car.
- Jaguar's Beck's is replaced with "Best's".
- McLaren's West is replaced by "Mika" and "David" (as in real life).
- Benetton's Mild Seven is replaced by "Benetton" (on the engine cover) and "Renault Sport" (on the rear wing) (as in real life).
- Jordan's Benson & Hedges is replaced by "Bitten Heroes".
- BAR's Lucky Strike is replaced by "Look Alike" (with the logo blocked out on the nose and sides of the car).
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