So, we’re about a week away from the launch of F1 2019 (a little less if you’ve pre-ordered the Legends Edition). One feature of the new version that I’ve been particularly interested in since the release announcement are the changes being introduced to the game’s League system.
Codemaster released a blog and a livestream detailing the new League system tools yesterday, and I’m thinking that we definitely need to set up a MEW F1 League using it. So that’s what I’m going to do.
The Time Trial competitions we have are fun, and I definitely think we need to try keep those going as much as possible. Also, without cross-platform play, they are still the only reasonably fair way for PC drivers and Console drivers to compete on a sort of level basis. Let’s not stop those. In fact, if you are a F1 2017 or F1 2018 owner regardless of platform and you haven’t joined the Official MEW Race of Geeks that @Snowbeast runs for us, go do that now! Like right now. I’ll wait right here…
Right, done? Good. Back to The MEW F1 2019 League (PC Edition) then.
I’m guessing (hoping?!) that most MEWbs who are going to pick up F1 2019 are going to do the sensible thing and get it on PC via Steam. The price of the Legends version on Xbox (R1350!) is what the Steam version (R379) and a decent controller would cost you.
If you are getting the game on PC and do want to be added to the League, please say so with a Yes vote in the poll just so I can get an idea of how much interest there is. (And if you aren’t getting the game, or don’t want to join the League please don’t vote to confuse me. I’m old. It’s too easy. And cruel. The poll needs at least two options.)
- YES - I’m interested in joining a MEW F1 2019 PC league
- NO - I’m a dumbass and like being mean to the aged
Some basics about F1 2019 Leagues:
Leagues are made up of any number of Seasons. A Season is made up of between 5 and 25 Race Events. Each Race Event can have up to a maximum of 20 competitors in it. Race attendance and performance do impact your Super License which is important if you want to take part in Public Leagues, do ESport Qualifiers and for Online Matchmaking. Your Super Licence shows information like your profile name and your key ratings: Skill Rating, Safety Rating, Attendance Rating and driver level.
A League can be set up to have its Events (Races) either Scheduled (events start on specific days and at specific times) or On-demand (events can be started at any time). AI Drivers can be used to fill empty spots in a race, and AI Substitutes can be used for League members who cannot make an event that cannot be rescheduled. Both AI Drivers and AI Subs can have their driver skill level adjusted.
I think to start with we should do a small 5 round on-demand season so that we can schedule the races when it suits most (and maybe even run 2 or 3 events in a single online session?), with as straightforward a set of league rules as possible. A 15 car field so that there’s at least some AI around to keep it interesting (unless we actually get 15+ MEW members signing up ), using the default 2019 spec car (customization and I assume tuning are avaialble) so that everyone has the same base to start from, allow Assists, but keep damage and tyre wear on, 10% race lengths, and short practice and qualifying sessions, to keep the races and season going reasonably quickly.
Very open to questions, suggestions and requests for rules, format, etc. We’ve got more than enough time to set things up however we want.