Historic Racing Scenarios Planned for F1 2013?

Published on April 22nd, 2013

Senior games designer Ross Gowing hints at design focus of future Codemasters racer.

will boast historical racing content from Formula One’s past if recent comments from Codemasters are to be taken at face value.

Historic Racing Scenarios Planned for F1 2013?

F1 2012 was a solid racer, but lacked that spark a yearly series needs to prompt fans to reinvest. Could historical racing scenarios bring back this series from the brink of stagnation?

We asked GRID 2′s senior games designer Ross Gowing what he thought about the prospect of adding historical racing content to video games, like that shown in the award-winning documentary Senna and Rod Howard’s Rush, a biopic which details the rivalry between Nicki Laudi and James Hunt during F1′s 1976 season, and he had this to say.

“Not specifically on GRID 2, but another Codemasters title may have an announcement that would interest you later in the year,” he remarked.

Now we know what you’re thinking, really is that it? Is that the only comment you have to go on? Yes, but think about Ross’ comments for just a moment.

Last year Codemasters only released three games, two based on Formula One (F1 Race Stars and F1 2012) and DiRT 3. This year Codemasters’ slate is officially only GRID 2, but with F1 2010, F1 2011, and F1 2012 released over previous years it would be an easy to assume that the UK developer’s next game will be F1 2013, which we suspect will be out this September.

Historic Racing Scenarios Planned for F1 2013?

Senna versus Mansell is one of many driver battles that deserve highlighting, but ow would Codies do them justice? World Copyright – LAT Photographic via Wikimedia.

Not only that but the creative director of Codemasters F1 series, Steve Hood, has previously spoken of his desire to get historical content into the officially licensed racer, and it appears this year the developer may have pulled it off.

“When you talk about historical stuff, we really want it!” explained an extremely passionate Hood to GamerZines, way back in 2011.

“I want to be able to race the ’92 Monaco race with Senna versus Mansell as a particular scenario – it would be awesome!”

Hood even previously revealed to us how Codemasters Birmingham could potentially build historical racing content into their modern yearly-iterated F1 series, via a selection of standalone scenarios a kin to Champions Mode as seen in last year’s game.

“I think it’s more likely for the first instance to get individual cars and build scenarios around them, rather than building the entire field in a season.”

F1 2013 is a couple of months away from being officially unveiled, if previous years are anything to go by, but if Codemasters really are going for a more historical take on the world’s most glamorous motorsport then consider us well and truly onboard.

If you’d like to find out more about Codemasters’ next big racing game GRID 2, check out an in-depth multiplayer preview in the latest issue of FirstLook Magazine.


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    1. Posted by Nassos on May 23rd, 2013, 00:19

      Recently I was thinking something similar to NBA 2K Series but with F1 cars. We all know that a historical F1 game would be awesome with the graphics of today! Go Codemasters!

    2. Posted by Tom Supertramp on May 29th, 2013, 14:50

      What Codemasters should do is the Gran Turismo of Formula 1 games. Think about having every F1 season since 1950 with every team, cars and drivers. And for the career mode you could choose to start at any year and play something like 10 to 15 seasons, then you retire. That would be the ultimate F1 game!!!

    3. Posted by Scott grey on June 3rd, 2013, 16:03

      I think what I would love to see on formulas ,2013 is commentating on the races from Martin brundle nd David croft like sky F1 when ur doing the career nd trying to win the championship should be commentating on everything throughout the season I cant understand why it hasn’t been on already it would b amazing nd fifa football games had commentating for years now so F1 should have it this year for sure

    4. Posted by Jonathan on June 27th, 2013, 21:30

      Would be cool to have historic events in the game, however Im just wondering how they will manage to keep the authenticity, such as the 1992 Monaco race. The track was quite different to what it is now. So they will have to do their research.

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