Codemasters announces F1 2017 game release date, classic cars

Codemasters has announced the first details and information about the up-coming F1 2017 game, including its release date and the return of classic cars.

The racing title will be available to buy worldwide for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC on August 25 2017.

For the first time since F1 2013, classic cars will feature in the game. Alongside being able to drive the historic cars in multiplayer and time trials, they will also be incorporated into the career mode.

This will be through invitational events that happen during the “even deeper” new career mode. 11 classic cars will be included in the game, including the Williams FW14B and Ferrari F2002.

The McLaren MP4/4 from 1988 is the 12th historic F1 car and will be included in pre-order and ‘Day One’ copies, and will then be available to purchase later on.

Codemasters says there will also be four alternative track layouts in F1 2017, and promises “numerous multiplayer enhancements, and a brand new ‘Championships’ game mode”.

Of course, it will also feature the new 2017 regulations, cars, liveries and drivers.

Its predecessor, F1 2016, was well received by fans and critics, especially with its more immersive and detailed career mode, handling improvements and visuals.

“After an extremely successful year with the highly acclaimed F1 2016, we are delighted to be announcing F1 2017 and re-introducing classic F1 cars back to the series” said Paul Jeal, Codemasters game director.

“Classics were incredibly well received when we included them in F1 2013, and in F1 2017 they are back and better than ever.

“With so many great cars to choose from, it was hard to decide on the final twelve, but we are delighted with our selection of some of the most successful and iconic fan favourites from the past 30 years.”