F1 2016 is a racing simulation game developed by Codemasters Birmingham, who were also the creators behind titles such as Dirt Rally. The game was published by its parent company Codemasters for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, macOS, iOS, Android and tvOS platforms, and was originally released for these platforms on 19 August 2016. F1 2016 is based on the competitive racing sports season of the same name, and hence heavily derives elements from it, some of which include players of the seasons and familiar cars and racing tracks. The game is the eighth in the Formula 1 series of video games made by Codemasters and was distributed to North America by Square Enix, while the Japanese version of the game was distributed by Ubisoft.
In F1 2016, players assume the role of one of the racers of the 2016 season of Formula 1 racing, however, the racer’s face is never shown on-screen, much like other racing games of its genre, but is unique because in other games not even the body of the racer is shown. They choose from one of the varieties of F1 racing cars available in the gallery, each with different stats of speed, steering controls, and brake effectiveness. Much like real-time strategy games, players have to utilize the most out of these cars, complementing their strengths and overcoming their weaknesses.
F1 2016 introduces back the Career mode and Safety Car, both features which were absent in its predecessor, F1 2015. In Career mode, players can choose to play for a variety of teams, and it is up to them to choose which one to play for. They can choose to play straight off for the hotshot companies like Mercedes and Ferrari or play from the bottom and get the satisfaction of rising up to the top by playing for teams like McLaren-Honda and Renault. F1 2016 has 10 seasons in career mode instead of 5 like the previous games, therefore increasing gameplay value to almost twice of that provided by its predecessor.
In Career mode, the player is given the options to choose their own avatar and car number, as well as the option to choose their desired helmet, playing for any team they want. Each team has varied objectives they want you to fulfill, and doing these tasks properly increases the player stats. Depending on the player stats, players might receive objectives from other teams mid-season. Players can also access the room used by their team and change the time of the day, increasing the sense of immersion and putting the player in control of everything.
F1 2016 also has a multiplayer feature in which players can race against each other with up to 22 players allowed in a single race, featuring exotic ones like the Baku City Circuit. Players that come in either first, second or third are declared the winners.
A main sequel to the game, titled F1 2017 is set to be released for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Microsoft Windows platforms on 25 August 25, 2017.