The first F1 game was developed by EA in the 2000s and continued under the company until 2003. After that, there was no new F1 from EA for six years, until Codemasters continued the F1 series in 2006. After that, Codemaster was responsible for all the F1 games until 2020.
Codemasters managed to make 13 F1 games under their name until EA acquired the company and claimed rights to the developed F1 games. EA has only made one F1 game after accruing Codemasters and that is F1 2021.
After this acquisition, all Codemasters games, along with F1 2019 and F1 2020, were made available on EA Play. EA naturally took over the rights of all the previous F1 games, but the IPs were still available on all major storefronts, including Steam, Playstation Store, and Xbox Store.
However, just recently, a user on the NeoGaf forum noticed that all the previous F1 games, except for F1 2016 have been delisted from Steam and the Playstation Store.
ArtHands observed that F1 Race Stars, F1 2012, F1 2014, F1 2015, F1 2016, F1 2017, and F1 2018 have all been “delisted from Steam, also seems to be gone from PS store.” After heading over to the marketplaces ourselves, we noticed that all the F1 games were truly delisted.
Another point to ponder is that the Xbox store still has some of the mentioned games for Xbox One. So far, there has been no official word on this from EA on the matter, but it can be revealed soon. The whole scenario can also be a mishap from EA, but then again, the US-based company removed it from two substantial marketplaces, so it might be unlikely.
All we can do is wait for EA to acknowledge the removed F1 games and talk about a potential solution about playing those classic titles again.
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