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F1 2013 announced, goes back to the '80s with Classic Edition

Codemasters have announced the next entry in their ever-increasing garage full of racers. Which of their roster is getting a new model? I'll give you a clue: the year is 2013, and the last released Formula 1 game from the company was F1 2012. You don't have to be as fast as Nigel Mansell to work this out. This time, as well as featuring an updated line-up of cars, tracks and drivers, F1 2013 will also look back to the championship's history with its '80s and '90s-set Classic Edition.

Great, the '80s and '90s are classic now? Well I feel old. Luckily, that means I get to nod sagely about how the drivers of the past didn't have all this new-fangled technology to rely on - instead getting by with their wits and the grit of their moustache. Which is bollocks, obviously - technology is amazing. But if nothing else, it's a markedly different challenge, and one that will hopefully do a lot to set this version of the annual racer apart from its previous iteration. Not that it's a standard upgrade: Codemasters tease it as a "limited edition, premium package", although are yet to reveal pricing details.

If you want to see more of the game in action, here's a lap of Silverstone, with a man talking in what might as well be an alien language:

You can see the full feature list of both Classic and Regular Editions over at the Codemasters announcement page . F1 2013 is due out this Autumn.

Phil Savage

Phil has been writing for PC Gamer for nearly a decade, starting out as a freelance writer covering everything from free games to MMOs. He eventually joined full-time as a news writer, before moving to the magazine to review immersive sims, RPGs and Hitman games. Now he leads PC Gamer's UK team, but still sometimes finds the time to write about his ongoing obsessions with Destiny 2, GTA Online and Apex Legends. When he's not levelling up battle passes, he's checking out the latest tactics game or dipping back into Guild Wars 2. He's largely responsible for the whole Tub Geralt thing, but still isn't sorry.