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F1 24 release date leak puts it in pole position for May launch

Reliable leaker billbil-kun has dropped the deets on when the F1 24 release date will supposedly arrive on PS5 and Xbox, and it's not as far away as you think.

F1 24 release date leak: Lando Norris in his orange racing wear

The F1 24 release date will arrive on Friday, May 31, 2024 for PS5 and Xbox, according to a fresh report from reliable leaker ‘billbil-kun’. This would see it come out a few weeks earlier than the series’ usual release window. There’s also news on F1 24 early access, the available editions, and even how much it will set you back this year.

According to the leak, F1 24 should once again arrive with Standard and Champions editions. F1 23 came with in-game racing items designed by Max Verstappen, four My Team racing icons, an F1 World bumper pack, 18,000 PitCoins, and Dual Entitlement. As such expect similar goodies in what should be one of 2024’s best racing games.

Similarly to last year, the Standard Edition will reportedly set you back $69.99 / £59.99 while the Champions Edition will see you shell out $89.99 / £79.99. Pre-orders will, apparently, open up just after the game is officially announced – billbil-kun’s estimate is February 27 for said unveiling. If you get your order in early enough you’ll snag yourself a livery pack, though the leaker doesn’t have concrete info on what it will look like.

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When it comes to early access for F1 24, Champions Edition owners will be able to get three days’ early access from May 28 according to the report. Meanwhile, EA Play subscribers can try it out for no extra cost thanks to a ten-hour trial that will also be accessible from May 28. Remember, as EA Play is included, Xbox Game Pass subscribers will also be able to access this too.

As for what to expect in F1 24, there shouldn’t be too many changes from last year’s game. After all, no driver transfers have taken place (Lewis Hamilton heads to Ferrari next year), no new drivers have entered the grid, and the circuits are all known quantities. As such, the impetus is going to be on Codemasters to continue making improvements to existing modes and systems in one of its best sports games, including F1 World which was introduced in F1 23.

Aside from that, the only real change to note will be the drivers on the cover. Though billbil-kun doesn’t know who’ll grace PS5 and Xbox boxes this year, we can make a few predictions. Firstly, Max Verstappen’s return should be a given considering his ridiculous 2023 season. We’d also love to see F1 legend Fernando Alonso back on the box after his excellent outing last year. Finally, we wouldn’t be surprised to see Hamilton grace the cover for the last time in Mercedes colors.

Should the leak materialize, the latest installment in Codemaster’s long-running racing series will still arrive a hot minute after the onset of the new F1 season. With pre-season testing kicking off on February 21 in Sakhir ahead of the Bahrain GP, we’ll be waiting for the best part of three months for F1 24. Granted, the game’s release schedule has been improving year-on-year – F1 23 arrived on June 16, 2023, while F1 22 kicked off on June 28, 2022 – but we’re still hoping for a more dramatic shift.

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