Codemasters has released F1 23 update 1.18 (PS5 update version 1.018) on Monday, December 11th, 2023. This patch brings a variety of improvements and bug fixes to the Formula One racing simulation game. While official patch notes have not yet been provided, analysis of the update and community discussion boards reveal insights into what this title update contains.
F1 23 Update 1.18 (PS5 Update Version 1.018) Patch Notes Details: Bringing Improvements and Fixes
Codemasters has released a new update for their Formula One racing simulation game F1 23. Version 1.18 for PS5 (1.018 for other platforms) brings a variety of fixes and improvements to the game, though no official patch notes have been provided yet. If you’re interested in checking out all the details in the patch notes, simply click here for the complete information.
Driver Rating Updates
With the 2023 F1 season now completed, Codemasters has updated driver ratings to reflect performance over the past year. Most notably, Max Verstappen retains his top position with an increased 96 rating, following his second consecutive Driver’s Championship title. His teammate Sergio Perez also sees a boost up to 87. For Mercedes, Lewis Hamilton holds at 92, while George Russell moves up to match Perez at 87. Check the in-game Driver Ratings Hub for a full breakdown of attributes for all drivers.
Oscar Piastri’s Breakout Rookie Performance
Arguably the biggest mover in ratings for 2023 is Alpine’s Oscar Piastri. In his rookie year, Piastri overcame a slow start to demonstrate blistering pace in the second half of the season. Back-to-back podiums in Japan and Qatar rocketed his ratings up to 85 overall. Specifically, his Pace increased by 2 points, while Racecraft and Experience each improved by 1 point. While a couple difficult races to close out 2023 brought fluctuations, Piastri ends as one of the top rising talents in the paddock.
Leclerc and Sainz Hampered by Reliability Issues
For Ferrari, Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz jostled all season near the front of the grid, but repeatedly saw strong results undone by mechanical failures. Leclerc managed to take 5 podiums alongside 206 championship points to land 5th overall. His consistency and recovery drives were rewarded with a 1 point boost to Pace and 90 overall rating. Sainz claimed victories in Singapore plus 200 points and 7th in the championship. Despite seeing Racecraft and Pace improve, a final race DNF brought his rating down 1 point to 90. Both drivers will be pushing for better reliability and ultimate victory when 2024 arrives.
Investigating Lingering Issues
While update 1.18 does not come with official patch notes, known issues have been reported that Codemasters continues investigating. This includes problems with F1 lap times incorrectly showing on F2 time trial leaderboards. Also being looked into is a bug with 100% tire wear immediately at race start following an F2 sprint event. The development team has hinted the next patch will likely arrive in January 2024. This means the current update may not yet resolve these problems. Users have taken to community forums to share their experiences and provide debugging details around such issues.
What’s Next for F1 2023?
The F1 2023 game got praised for its look, better handling, and new features like F1 Life. Codemasters keeps improving it with updates like 1.18. They’re taking lessons into the next version in 2024. Just like real F1 focuses on tiny improvements, Codemasters keeps tweaking long after launch.
The updates show their commitment to making the best virtual F1 experience. Fans have high expectations, but Codemasters is up for the challenge.
F1 game fans can expect regular updates, even if they don’t satisfy everyone. Codemasters has the responsibility of pushing the limits in a genre that doesn’t change much. These updates may not please everyone, but they show what to expect from official F1 games. Codemasters earns support by staying true to the real F1 spirit. More improvements are likely in future updates.