Codemasters have pulled back the curtain on F1 2017. Here’s the new trailer, and full details of the game’s new features and enhancements.
The big-ticket item for this year’s F1 extravaganza is an expanded career mode. Players can now improve their skills, and develop their cars over multiple seasons. Driver appearance can also be customised from a range of helmets, including community created variants. And, for the first time, female drivers have been added to the lineup of driver avatars.
F1 2017 also sees an improved Research & Development system – with 115 upgrades available – plus new engine and gearbox management features. Fun for some, I’m sure.
In addition to the game’s 20 official 2017 circuits, the Britain, Bahrain, USA, and Japan tracks are also available with shortened track layouts. You can also take to the streets at night on the world-famous Monaco circuit.
Lee Mather, creative director for F1 2017, said in a press statement:
“We cannot wait for fans to play F1 2017. This is the biggest F1 game we have ever created. Not only do we have the addition of classic cars and a greatly expanded career mode but we have made a number of improvements to the online experience, including introducing spectator spots which should be great for league play.
The game’s Championship mode can be played using both modern and classic cars. Mather adds:
“We also think that Championships is going to be a real hit with fans as it offers new ways to play the game with different rule sets and structures compared to the normal World Championship. It really adds to the variety in the game.”
F1 2017 has a roster of 12 classic cars, including the 1991 McLaren MP4/6, the 2004 Ferrari F2004, and, my personal favourite, the 1998 McLaren MP4-13.
F1 2017 Classic Cars
- 1995 Ferrari 412 T2
- 2002 Ferrari F2002
- 2004 Ferrari F2004
- 2007 Ferrari F2007
- 1988 McLaren MP4/4 – (DLC for F1 2017 Special Edition)
- 1991 McLaren MP4/6
- 1998 McLaren MP4-13
- 2008 McLaren MP4 -23
- 1992 Williams FW14B
- 1996 Williams FW18
- 2006 Renault R26
- 2010 Red Bull Racing RB6
The game also expands the franchise’s multiplayer options, with the ability to race either modern or classic cars online with a full grid of 20 players. There are also two dedicated spectator spots, an improved online stats dashboard, and a new levelling system to enjoy.
F1 2017 hits PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC on August 25th, 2017. Pre-order and Day One copies will get access to the 1988 McLaren MP4/4, as part of the F1 2017 Special Edition. The car will also become available as paid DLC at a later date.