F1 2013 revealed, to also feature classic drivers, cars and tracks

Date Posted Author
16th July 2013 Matt Bailey

Back when we spoke two of the team from Codemasters Birmingham at Gamescom 2011 they talked about classic cars and how they really wanted to bring them into the series. "Things like classic cars we definitely want to do; I think that's likely to happen." Well, it has happened, with the announcement of F1 2013 which will feature a new mode called "F1 Classics". Commentating legend Murray Walker will introduce the section will will see a selection of 1980s and 1990s drivers, cars and tracks in the game.

F1 2013 will, of course, also feature all the updates you'd expect for the 2013 season, including driver changes such as Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes AMG, all the rookies at the various teams, and possibly McLarens struggling to compete with Force Indias. There's no new tracks this year in the sport, but there are rules changes to deal with, and then there's the tyres - although how that plays out will depend on Pirelli's efforts in future races. Codemasters are also promising enhancements to the handling, as well as the return of split-screen and online multiplayer, and some of the other modes too, but they haven't revealed all just yet. The Young Drivers' Test - coincidentally taking place in Silverstone this week - will also have an expanded presence this time around, but again details are light on this at the moment.

The old (Williams 1988)...

The old (Williams 1988)...

Codemasters have been more willing to talk about their headline feature, the classic content. There will actually be two versions of the game; F1 2013 and F1 2013: Classic Edition, the latter acting as a Limited Edition bundled with two extra classic content packs on top of the one in regular version. Everyone will get the 1980s content, which includes some rather iconic cars from the likes of Williams, Lotus and Ferrari, as well as drivers including Mario Andretti, Nigel Mansell, Emerson Fittipaldi and Gerhard Berger. The tracks in this pack will be Brands Hatch and Jerez, and you can play this classic content in other modes too, including online racers, although the main classics mode will act as a sort of exhibition competition between those legendary racers.

In the additional content, which will be available separately as DLC post-release, is content from the 1990s, which includes drivers such as David Coulthard, Jacques Villeneuve, Eddie Irvine and Alain Prost, and cars from Williams and Ferrari. McLaren are notably absent at the moment, so hopefully the licensing difficulties can be overcome to resolve that, particularly for Prost's 1980s championship winning cars. Imola is one of the tracks set to be featured in the tracks pack.

...and the new.

...and the new.

In addition to those features, Codemasters are also looking to expand the scope of RaceNet, their online community, in F1 2012. It played a part in last year's edition, but it's full set of features only launched with GRID 2 earlier this year, and now they hope to include regular in-game challenges, community-wide challenges, stats on the website, etc. And one more thing; you'll be able to stop and save progress mid-race, making those 100% length races more desirable.

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