Codemasters and Koch Media have announced that F1 2017 is to include the return of classic F1 cars, an even deeper career mode, lots of upgrades to the multiplayer, and a brand new “Championships,” mode.
They’ve released a new trailer to celebrate, showing off three of the historic F1 cars that will feature in the game – the 1988 McLaren MP4/4, as driven by Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna, the 1992 Williams FW14B that was raced by Nigel Mansell and Riccardo Patrese, and the 2002 Ferrari F2002 of Rubens Barrichello and Michael Schumacher.
“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, Game Director at Codemasters. “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.”
“For the first time ever F1 2017 fully integrates the classic experience into the main career mode,” said Lee Mather, Creative Director at Codemasters. “As part of your career you will be invited to race in modern day, invitational events in the different classic F1 cars throughout the season. We’re also adding to the variety in F1 2017 with the inclusion of four alternative circuit layouts, as well as numerous new gameplay types. The classic cars will also be available to play in a range of other game modes, including online multiplayer modes and time trial.”
There’s a ton of new changes to both gameplay and design, with new car designs and lap record breaking performance levels. There’s also increased performance from the competition, as Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport’s Lewis Hamilton and Scuderia Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel battle it out at the top of the Championship, and Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen continuing to excite fans around the world.
Plus, if you preorder the Day One edition of the game, you’ll get access to the iconic 1988 McLaren MP4/4, as part of the “F1 2017 Special Edition.” Luckily, the McLaren MP4/4 car will be available for purchase at a later date. The eleven other classic cars are available in all editions of the game.
F1 2017 will release on PS4, Xbox One, and PC worldwide on August 25, 2017.