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'F1' won't see a yearly release on Wii U, says Codemasters

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F1 will not see a yearly release on Wii U, according to Codemasters.

Game director Paul Jeal said that due to the system's audience, the publisher would probably release F1 Race Stars first and consider a different strategy rather than a traditional annual release for the core F1 games.

The latest screenshots of F1 2012 from gamescom 2012

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Black Nintendo Wii U

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"We have the license for a bit longer now so we can do a bit more forward planning," Jeal told Digital Spy.

"Rod [Cousens] - our CEO who's here [at gamescom] - he's constantly thinking, 'What about this or what about that?', so he needs to put a business case for it.

"I definitely think it would be something a little more suited to Race Stars first. Let them do the hard work of getting it working on the tech first!"

When asked whether that would be due to the audience, Jeal responded: "I think so, yeah.

"I also think it's looking at the Wii SKU that we did. It did really well but there's still questions with sales numbers... whether it is something that annually we could revisit year-on-year [and] would sell the same number of units year on year.

"[For] something like football, you need the newest content and there's lots of changes, but with F1 the changes with the teams and drivers are really quite minimal, so instantly you're quite stretched for new content.

"I think when you bring this over to the Wii where the audience is perhaps a bit more more casual and they're less likely to buy it year-on-year, you have to look at a slightly different strategy."

> Read our full F1 2012 interview with Codemasters

F1 2012 will feature all the latest teams, drivers and circuits, including the debut of the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas and the return of Germany's Hockenheim circuit, as well as localised weather.

Codemasters recently revealed a sequel to the BAFTA-winning GRID.

The publisher is also working on free browser game F1 Online, which entered open beta on August 15.

F1 2012 will be available on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC on September 21 in the UK, across Europe on September 20 and in North America on September 18.

> Read our review of F1 2011 (PS3)
> F1 2012 to offer improved controls on a gamepad

Watch the Champion's Mode trailer for F1 2012 below:

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