F1 2013 Launching with Classic Edition

We all knew that Codemasters was going to release a 2013 edition of their F1 game series this year. That wasn’t going to be a surprise. What was a surprise is the new Classic Edition of the game that will launch this fall that will provide something special for longtime Formula One fans.

In addition to the standard edition game which will be Codemasters’ simulation of the 2013 Formula One season, the game will have a new F1 Classics mode hosted by the legendary Murray Walker.

As the name implies, you will get to race in some of the great F1 cars of the past against heroes from the old days on some of the most popular tracks that Formula One no longer visits.

The full lineup of classic drivers, cars and tracks hasn’t been announced by Codemasters but we have some names and locations. Representing the 1980s are five cars and drivers including Mario Andretti, Nigel Mansell and, for some reason, Gerhard Berger. The 1990s drivers include 1997 World Drivers’ Champion Jacques Villeneuve, David Coulthard, Eddie Irvine and “The Professor” Alain Prost. Returning tracks include Estoril, Imola, Jerez and Brands Hatch.

On the 2013 side of things, Codemasters is promising a revised handling model as a result of the new tyres and rules changes. The Young Drivers Test mode has been expanded. A new Scenario Mode will be added but that hasn’t been fleshed out yet. To top it all off, F1 2013 will be getting mid-session saves. All racing games with long race lengths need that.

So if Codemasters is putting this much effort into F1 2013, what will they have in store for F1 Race Stars 2? Probably nothing but it would be nice if they took a second crack at it and put some effort into fleshing it out.

About Steve Murray

Steve is the founder and editor of The Lowdown Blog and et geekera. On The Lowdown Blog, he often writes about motorsports, hockey, politics and pop culture. Over on et geekera, Steve writes about geek interests and lifestyle. Steve is on Twitter at @TheSteveMurray.

Posted on July 16, 2013, in Games and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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