|F1 2013 (video game)|
Publisher: Codemasters, Namco Bandai (Console version, UK Only)
Developer: Codemasters Birmingham
Platforms: PC, PS3, Xbox 360
Release Date: EU: 4th October 2013, NA: 8th October 2013
F1 2013 is the newest entry into the award winning Formula One racing series as part of an exclusive multi-year deal with Formula One World Championship Limited, this brand new entry into the Formula One Simulation Racing video game genre is also going to be released at retail as a Standard, Classic and Premium edition format.
The game is being developed by Codemasters Birmingham (creators of other successful racing simulation games such as Colin McRae Rally and Dirt and the F1 racing series). F1 2013 is the fifth Formula One game developed my Codemasters since the studio filed to renew the video game license. The game was officially announced on July 15th 2013 and is slated for a fixed market release on October 2013 for the Sony PlayStation 3, Microsoft Windows and Xbox 360. No news has been given yet regarding the possibility of the game getting a next generation console port.
F1 2013 has dropped the need for an online pass for gaming, in a statement to GameStop, Codemasters have said ”we have taken the decision not to include a VIP Pass activation system in either F1 2013 and F1 2013: Classic Edition. Players will not be required to activate multi-player functionality via a VIP Pass code and we have no plans to replace the pass with an alternative paid-for activation system in the game when it launches this October.”
F1 2013 is going to be built and developed using the Ego Engine. Specifically it will be using the version 3.0 build of the engine which has only seen service on one other game, “Grid 2″ which is also another racing title from Codemasters.
F1 2013 will be featuring all of the eleven teams alongside their twenty two drivers twenty two drivers that have been competing in the 2013 Forumla One season. The game will also include all of the nineteen circuits.
The single player component of the game will see the return of racing events, along with customized racing experience (weather, time of day and conditions etc), this can be furthered by entering into a full seasonal Grand Prix wherein the player will take part in a series of racing events where the player will climb the ranks of the racers around him and seize glory for themselves. Racing will be “always on”, meaning that players can save their progress at any time. This includes in the middle of a race, or part way through a semi completed campaign Grand Prix.
Codemasters also revealed the the full list of classic content that is set to be featured in both the F1 2013: Classic Edtion and the Premium Limited Edition.
F1 2013 will include the full default game which is the current 2013 season whereas the Classic Edtion will contain content from the 1980s, which is playable in the new game mode F1 Classics. Players can also purchase the F1 2013: Premium Edition, which is a a premium version of the game featuring custom made bespoke box art and expanding the game with 1990s Content and Classic Track Packs.
The contents of the Classic Edition is as follows:
- Circuit De Jerez – Host of the Spanish Grand Prix
- Brands Hatch – A legendary track that is the former home of the British Grand Prix
- The Classic Edition includes drivers from that time period.
- Imola– former host of the San Marino Grand Prix
- Estoril – former home of the Portuguese Grand Prix
1980s Cars & Drivers:
1980 Williams FW07B
Original Driver: Alan Jones
Team Legend: Alain Prost
1986 Team Lotus 98T
Team Legend: Mario Andretti
Team Legend: Emerson Fittipaldi
1988 Ferrari F1-87/88C
Original Driver: Gerhard Berger
Team Legend: Michael Schumacher
1988 Team Lotus 100T
Original Driver: Satoru Nakajima
Team Legend: Mika Hakkinen
1988 Williams FW12
Original Driver: Nigel Mansell
Team Legend: Damon Hill
1992 Ferrari F92 A
Original Driver: Jean Alesi
Team Legend: TBC
1992 Williams FW14B
Original Driver: Nigel Mansell
Team Legend: David Coulthard
1996 Ferrari F310
Original Driver: Michael Schumacher
Team Legend: Gerhard Berger
1996 Williams FW18
Original Driver: Damon Hill
Original Driver: Jacques Villeneuve
1999 Ferrari F399
Original Driver: Eddie Irvine
Team Legend: Jody Scheckter
1999 Williams FW21
Original Driver: TBC
Team Legend: Alain Prost
The F1 Classics will bring back the well known commentator Murray Walker. The F1 Classics will actually be fabricated racing series that will allow the players to race cars, drivers and circuits from different timelines in Formula One’s racing history.
This classical teams will be represented by the respective drivers from that era who raced in each team’s specific car. A good example given is Nigel Mansell who won the Formula One championship in 1992 driving the Williams FW14B from 1992. The Classic Edition will also feature Split Screen racing and online multi-player competitive racing.
Classic content is also available in a range of other game modes, including split-screen and online multiplayer modes. A slight cosmetic change can also be seen, as the player changes the decade of the vehicle design, the HUD (heads up display) will change accordingly to reflect the design of the era. Tweaks have been made to Racenet to help ensure a better online racing experience, as well as full 22 car grid races. Players will also be able to drive modern F1 cars on older circuits and vice versa.
Note: This wiki will be updated once we have more information about the game.