F1 2000 Trivia
CheatsThe publisher (EA Sports) made the development team take all cheats out of the game. So as far as it is known, no cheats made it into the final retail product.
The following cheat modes were incorporated in development versions:
- Helicopter mode - The car model was replaced with that of a helicopter.
- Tank mode - You could run over other cars and they would become flat
- Missile - You could fire missiles from the front of your car. If a missile hit another car its engine would blow up.
- Sliding Tiles - From the front end you could access a sliding puzzle making use of the 'movie' squares. The 'movie' squares were put into a random order, then you had to slide them back into the correct place
- Produceroids - A simple game of Asteroids using the producer's head instead of asteroids and a F1 car instead of a space ship. The heads shouted "On me 'ead" when you ran over them.
DevelopmentWhilst in development, the PlayStation project was known as Fulcrum.
NamingEA Sports' titles usually have the second year of the fiscal season in sports which are played from autumn to spring. F1 2000 was an exception to this "rule", as it was released in March 2000. F1 Championship Season 2000 is the transitional title which brought the system of naming by the F1 season that had just ended, and had the words "Championship Season" added to differentiate from its predecessor. It was also EA Sports' first F1 game that was released after the covered season. The following title, F1 2001, marked the way future F1-licensed titles would be named by for Electronic Arts and, eventually, Codemasters. Interestingly, this led to EA Sports' F1 titles have the same logo type as their other sports games, despite the year offset.
Information also contributed by Bob Shand