Planet Zoo and Jurassic World Evolution studio Frontier Developments has secured the rights to make a series of Formula One management games.
Frontier has signed a multi-year exclusive licence with Formula One which will see it develop and publish management games annually, starting with the 2022 F1 season.
The licence provides Frontier with the rights for four F1 seasons (2022 to 2025), subject to the achievement of certain financial performance thresholds.
Frontier has exclusive rights to develop and publish F1 management games worldwide for PC and console platforms, together with the rights for streaming services.
In a statement published on Tuesday, the British developer said the F1 partnership creates “an exciting opportunity to bring together Frontier’s experience and capability, including its powerful and versatile Cobra game engine, to the management-rich environment of the globally popular and ever-changing world of F1.”
David Braben, Frontier’s Chief Executive, said:
“We are delighted to announce this multi-year licence deal with F1. F1 is one of the most popular global sporting franchises in the world, and we believe the combination of the F1 brand together with our extensive experience in management games will deliver fantastic game experiences to a wide and varied audience around the world.
“We have achieved great success with our own IP and are proven development and publishing partners for the highest profile third party IP. Both original and licensed IP will continue to be important as we grow and nurture our portfolio.”
Frontier has a long history of creating management sims, most recently with Planet Zoo and Jurassic World Evolution, and previously with the popular Zoo Tycoon series.
The rights for F1 racing sim games remains with Codemasters, which recently extended its licensing deal to 2025.
The agreement represents Codemasters‘ longest extension so far and the firm has a further option for the 2026 and 2027 seasons.