F1 gaming fans, rejoice!
Codemasters has announced the next installment to its annual series of Formula 1-based racing titles: F1 2013 breaks out of the garage and races to the store shelves this fall.
The newest game in Codemasters’ F1 series promises to be the biggest yet. Not only will it present the current 2013 Formula 1 season with all of the teams, drivers, and race circuits, it will also feature a brand new gameplay mode the company calls F1 Classics. This new gameplay mode will allow fans “to race classic cars on iconic circuits against legendary drivers” for the first time ever in Codemasters’ F1 games series.
There will be two versions of the game released; the standard edition is F1 2013, which will include the new F1 Classics mode with 1980s cars from Lotus, Williams, and Ferrari. Players can play as legendary F1 Drivers World Champions Mario Andretti, Emerson Fittipaldi, and Nigel Mansell, as well as 10-time Grand Prix winner Gerhard Berger; more drivers are yet to be announced. In addition, it’s been confirmed that classic tracks such as Brands Hatch in Great Britain and Jerez in Spain will be included.
The more premium F1 2013: Classic Edition includes all of this plus a 1990s car and drivers pack. Included in the 1990s cars are Williams and Ferrari racers from that decade; as far as drivers are concerned, players can choose from among Grand Prix winners David Coulthard and Eddie Irvine as well as 1-time World Champion Jacques Villeneuve, 4-time World Champion Alain Prost, and others yet to be formally announced. The Classic Edition will also feature Imola, former home of the San Marino Grand Prix (pre-1995 modifications, perhaps?) and Estoril in Portugal.
Nigel Mansell (Williams, 1988)
Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) & Kimi Räikkönen (Lotus)
Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull), Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) & Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus)
The extra material in F1 2013: Classic Edition will be made available as optional DLC shortly after release.
Codemasters released a teaser trailer of the upcoming game, featuring the iconic voice of former BBC F1 commentator Murray Walker. You can have a look at it here.
The company has not disclosed the definitive release date or pricing information, but is taking pre-orders now. The game, as with its predecessors, will be available for PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.