F1 2013 announced with blistering debut screens, gameplay trailers and box art

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Codemasters has this week officially taken the wraps off of the publisher’s next Formula One racer, F1 2013, alongside a massive mound of screenshots, videos, details on a new ‘Classic’ edition, and a very interesting feature list.

F1 2013 – Screenshots

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Releasing later this year on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC, F1 2013’s biggest new feature will be the addition of the ‘F1 Classics’ gameplay mode, which will allow fans to jump into the cockpits of classic F1 cars from the 1980s (like those from Williams, Lotus and Ferrari), race on iconic circuits (such as Brands Hatch and Jerez) and go head-to-head with the by-gone legends of the motorsport (including Mario Andretti, Nigel Mansell, Emerson Fittipaldi and Gerhard Berger).

F1 2013 will be available in two flavours, both as the regular version of the game and a special ‘F1 2013: Classic’ edition (at selected retailers) which will feature additional content including new game modes, circuits, classic cars and legendary racers like David Coulthard, Jacques Villeneuve, Eddie Irvine and Alain Prost. These extras will also become available as downloadable content following release.

F1 2013 – Classic Edition Teaser Trailer

In this year’s campaign, however, F1 2013 will for the first time let you race as Lewis Hamilton in his Mercedes and Sergio Perez in the McLaren-Mercedes, with all of the new drivers, cars, tracks, rules and tyre changes available to investigate, with a remodelled handling system to “authentically reflect the challenge and exhilaration of racing 2013’s stunning roster of Formula One cars.”

Split-screen and online multiplayer, game enhancements as well as “new and returning game modes” are all also promised for F1 2013, making it “the most complete Formula One experience in videogame history.”

F1 2013 – Box Art

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Codemasters is also keen to let players socialise in the publishers free online community hub, RaceNet, which is fully integrated into F1 2013. When F1 2012 released, RaceNet was only in beta but has seen 36  million races take place with registered members, but F1 2013 will take advantage of the full and official version of the social online system to connect players together and provide in-depth visual stats on your performance. You can even access RaceNet (for free) via PC, mobile or mobile application, which will be handy for those wanting the full experience.

No exact release date has been attached to F1 2013, but the current series’ traditional launch month has been September so you can probably expect it again then this year across Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC. While current generation systems are the focus for Codemasters, creative director Stephen Hood says that PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of the series are coming in the future.

You can enjoy two in-game videos from F1 2013 below featuring hot laps around two classic courses:

F1 2013 Nürburgring Hotlap

F1 2013 Silverstone Hotlap

Are you looking forward to F1 2013, or are you still happy with previous editions of the series? I would get it just to hear Murray Walker introduce F1 Classics (yes, Walker is back for a short commentary stint!).

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