Since 2010, the Birmingham studio of Codemasters have been making annual releases in the F1 video game series and is based on the respective years Formula One world championship. With the company renewing their license to develop the official Formula One titles they have once again returned to bring us F1 2013 on the Playstation 3, Xbox360 and Windows PC platforms. Alongside the team at the Australian and New Zealand publisher Namco Bandai Games Australia, they have confirmed that racing game fans will be able to pick up the title from the 3rd October 2013.
Of course this announcement doesn’t end with just that and to mark the occasion Codemasters has released a hot lap video using work-in-progress in-game footage featuring the Hungaroring circuit which is set to stage the “FORMULA 1 MAGYAR NAGYDÍJ 2013” to be held this weekend. The video shows Toro Rosso–Ferrari’s Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo taking on the famous circuit and is narrated by Anthony Davidson, former Formula One driver and Technical Consultant on F1 2013, who describes how drivers should attack each corner and carry as much speed as possible through the tight and twisty track in the battle for points this weekend.
F1 2013 will feature a new gameplay mode called F1 Classics giving fans the chance to race classic cars on iconic circuits against legendary drivers for the first time in Codemasters’ award-winning series. Introduced by legendary broadcaster Murray Walker, F1 Classics features a new fictional racing series allowing players to race cars, drivers and circuits from the 1980s. Classic content is also available in a range of other game modes, including split-screen and online multiplayer modes.
Quite a number of game franchises who rely on annual installments I find become redundant after so many years. Given how many releases have been released in the series so far will F1 2013 become another addition to that statistic?