With Lewis Hamilton dethroned and Nico Rosberg triumphant, if 2016 gave us anything good it was an exhilarating Formula One season. Codemasters excelled themselves too with F1 2016, an immersive and well-built game with in-depth career mode and improved racing engines.
It’ll be a little while to wait till the F1 2017 game, but here is everything that’s known about it so far.
F1 2017 UK release date: When is F1 2017 coming out?
With no official release date yet, this one is a tad hard to predict. Whereas other game franchises have clear patterns every year, the F1 series is harder to guess. F1 2016 came out on 19 August 2016, F1 2015 on July 10 2015 and F1 2014 on 2 October 2014 – so F1 2017 will be late 2017.
Expect to be battling for pole position in the second half of the actual Formula 1 season. The iOS and Android version is a simplified but much cheaper edition of the game launched on 11 November 2016, so we’d expect the 2017 equivalent to be out around then a year on.
F1 2017 price: How much will F1 2017 cost?
The RRP for F1 2016 is £43.99 (odd), so expect F1 2017 to cost about the same, around £45. That’ll be for the PS4, Xbox One and PC versions of the game.
F1 2017: What platforms will F1 2017 be on?
It’s very likely that we’ll see F1 2017 on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC. Then of course, should Xbox Project Scorpio be out by then it could feature for that console. F1 2015 and F1 2016 were not released for PS3 or Xbox 360, so F1 2017 definitely won’t be on either of those consoles.
Codemasters has cited the need for the newest generation of console power for the series, hence why the older consoles don’t get versions. You may well need to upgrade console if you’re dying to play F1 2017.
F1 2017: Gameplay
Nothing is yet known for sure about changes to the gameplay of F1 2017, but F1 2016 was a stunning driving sim.
F1 2016 was a huge update to the series, with a new 10-season Career mode and a new street circuit in Baku, Azerbaijan.
The game is incredibly life-like, and deals with everything that goes on behind the scenes from the re-introduction of the Safety Car and Virtual Safety Car to the points-based car upgrade system, track acclimatisation tests, customisable avatars and hospitality areas that act as your game hub and allow you to progress both on and off the track.
Game designer Lee Mather said: “F1 2016 is a massive step forward for the franchise. The new career mode sits at the heart of the game and allows gamers to create their own legend over a career that can span for up to a massive ten seasons. Beyond improving upon the fastest and most thrilling on-track racing experience in gaming, F1 2016 uniquely offers the drama and vehicle development that goes on behind the scenes. A rich car upgrade system is fully integrated into a new and deep practice development programme which mirrors the tests carried out by the teams in real life.”
Fingers crossed for the same levels of updates for F1 2017.