Codemasters: “GT5 Won’t Affect Our Game”

Codemasters when it comes to driving simulations/arcade they are one of the best, with their recent release DiRT2 gaining mass appeal. Codemasters latest project comes in the form of another racer, F1 2010, acquiring the license for the high speed motorsport Codemasters looks set to bring the arcade/sim driving style to the series.

Showed off at E3, F1 has a host of features such as a dynamic weather system that uniquely changes races in an instant. Speaking to CVG, Codemasters CEO Rod Cousens pouts his chest and says that the upcoming racing simulator Gran Turismo 5 won’t hurt the sales of F1 2010. Also saying that F1 2010 had “sex appeal” for fans of motor racing games and that it could hold its own against Sony’s exclusive.

“F1 2010 is much more than a traditional F1 racing game, so we’re not going to compromise it,” he said. “There’s been a delay in F1 enthusiasts having a game out there on next -gen systems. We’re coming in and showing what that experience can be. They will not be disappointed.”

“We expect great things of it – and I think it will exceed 1.5 to two million units in Europe. The buzz for the sport is everywhere right now.”

“We respect Gran Turismo, we respect all of the good racing games out there, and there is clearly an advantage to having a first party or platform holder standing behind you. It would be non-nonsensical of me to suggest otherwise.”

“Sony’s ambitions probably far exceed the numbers I’ve given you. But I believe where we are in Formula One, we will attract those consumers and I’m not sure they’ll want to buy any other racing game.”

So this looks set to be a tug of war between Lewis Hamilton and Kazunori Yamauchi. F1 2010 is set to launch on 24th September 2010 and Gran Turismo 5 is set to launch November 2nd 2010.

For the latest F1 gameplay video from E3, check it out below.