If you’re a Formula One fan with an Xbox console and an active Xbox Game Pass subscription, we have some good news for you. Frontier Developments’ F1 Manager 2023 is joining the service in a matter of days. Although, if you’re a fan of the series, there’s also some troubling news when it comes to its’ future; Frontier Developments is announcing layoffs and the performance of its management sim (and wider portfolio of games) seems to be the reason.
We know Frontier Developments’ F1 Manager 2023 might not be the first game you think of when you throw together a list of the best racing games out there – on account of it being a management sim – however, it really is one of the best sports games of the year if you’re a Formula One fan. From October 19, if you’re someone who wants to try your hand at being a Team Principal in the world’s fastest motorsport, this is one of the best Xbox Game Pass games for you.
Although, the promise of more players through Xbox Game Pass isn’t enough to stave off Frontier Developments’ “organizational review” – as reported by VGC.
Through a message shared with the London Stock Exchange, Frontier Developments’ review is expected to result in a hiring freeze, redundencies, and spending cuts – all of which should conclude in early 2024. This, notably, is before the next F1 Manager game is expected to launch – quite a bit before, in fact. We don’t know anything about the future of the franchise yet, but this could mean the next iteration of the game (if it does arrive) isn’t much of an improvement on F1 Manager 2023.
Frontier Developments’ “period of disappointing financial performance” is the reason for layoffs, with reports stating that the developer’s stock prime has dropped 80% since the start of the year – a staggering amount in any industry.
If you want to know whether you should give the current F1 Manager a go on Xbox Game Pass, which could actually bolster Frontier Developments’ chances of making another one, you can read our F1 Manager 2023 review right here. A recent update also adds difficulty levels to career mode, so this really is the perfect time for newcomers to kick off their F1 Manager experience.
If you’re looking for something else, or the latest deals on Game Pass, you can check out all the October 2023 Xbox Game Pass games right here. There’s always something new to play, so it’s well worth checking out whether you’re looking forward to F1 Manager 2023 or not.
F1 Manager 2023 isn’t the biggest game out there, but with all the Xbox Game Pass games available nowadays, you really should consider picking up one of the best Xbox expansion cards when you can. You can also pick up one of the best Xbox headsets, if you want to fully embrace the pitwall fantasy on offer in F1 Manager 2023 – the real race audio does make a huge difference when you’re playing.
Whether this is the only game you’re interested in or not, though, there are a lot of new Xbox games on the way that are well worth your time. So, securing more storage space is a must.