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F1 2018 game: release date revealed in time for Spa

Published: 16 May 2018

► Out on 25 August 2018
► Classic cars return
► Deeper career mode

It looks like we’re in the midst of a classic F1 championship this year. In 2018, Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton and Daniel Ricciardo have all won races – and with performance between the cars varying race by race, it’s impossible to pick a favourite.

It’s going to be an exciting year of racing, and now the imminent launch of the F1 2018 game means you’ll be able to play along, too.

F1 2018 game: release date and platforms

Earlier this week, Codemasters revealed that F1 2018, the new official game of the Formula One world championship, will be released on Friday 24 August – just in time for the Belgian round of the season at the legendary Spa-Francorchamps circuit. Just like last time, it’ll be available on both the Xbox One and PS4 as well as for PCs via DVD and Steam, and Codemasters says it’ll be optimised for the 4K-capable Xbox One X and PS4 Pro consoles, too.

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F1 2018 game: gameplay features

Codemasters has been pretty tight-lipped about any other features, though we can expect F1 2018 to feature an even deeper career mode, and hopefully some more polished graphics that take advantage of the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X's processing power. Of course, the contemporary cars in this year’s game will have the mandatory Halo device installed, so they'll divide opinion regardless. 

Expect multiplayer modes to be developed and expanded too, especially given Codemasters and the FIA’s new eSports-focused partnership. Much like Gran Turismo, a new emphasis on eSports could allow for more car personalisation, player ratings and competitive matchmaking. Hopefully the single player mode won’t suffer though.

Because this is the official game of the 2018 season, players will also be able to race on the reintroduced Paul Ricard circuit in France, and the German GP at the Hockenheimring too – which also returns after a one-year absence. 

And as for the new F1 2018 logo? We’d rather not comment...

F1 2018 game: classic cars too

One of the best things about the F1 2017 game was the reintroduction of classic F1 cars. Thanks to new downforce and grip-inducing rules, players were able to experience the performance increases of the 2017 cars – but also compare them to different eras of F1 regulations as well. From the dominant 1998 McLaren to Mansell’s epic, active-suspension geared Williams, F1 2017 let you drive the rich history of the sport – and Codemasters says F1 2018 will build on that experience.

‘We are also adding more classic cars,’ said Paul Jeal, F1 Franchise Director at Codemasters. ‘Again listening to our fans as to which of the historical F1 cars they would most like to virtually drive next.’ Expect to vote for your favourite classic F1 cars in a Twitter poll soon.

F1 2018 game: what else to expect?

Jeal adds that once again Codemasters has listened to fans, and ‘career mode has been further expanded to immerse players even deeper into the world of F1 than before, with the return of a highly requested feature back into the franchise.’ We’re not sure what that feature is, although driver interviews appears to be a likely contender.

Apart from that, we don’t know much about the new F1 2018 game, but we’ll update this article when we know more.

By Curtis Moldrich

CAR magazine's new online editor and tech lover