F1 2018 racing out in August

Codemasters today announced that F1 2018, the latest annual sequel in their series of competitive pootling games based piss-takingly loosely on the popular Top Gear segment ‘Star in a Reasonably Priced Car’, will launch on August 24th. This year’s game will bring an old feature back to Career mode, add more classic cars, and… other stuff. Codies aren’t saying yet. They’re not even showing screenshots yet. But I will go out on a limb and guess that it’s broadly the same as last year’s game, looking a little fancier, updating liveries and tracks, and tweaking some bits. You know, annual sequel stuff.

“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,” Codies’ F1 franchise director Paul Jeal said in today’s announcement.

“We are also adding more classic cars, again listening to our fans as to which of the historical F1 cars they would most like to virtually drive next. Outside of those headline additions there are many other great enhancements to be revealed before the game launches.”

And that’s as specific as they get.

F1 2018 is coming to Windows via Steam on August 24. The series does usually get Mac ports from Feral Interactive, and last year’s launched alongside the Windows version, though neither Codies nor Feral have confirmed any such thing for F1 2018 so far. F1’s Mac announcements tend to come a few months after the initial announcement, mind, so don’t rule it out.


  1. Faldrath says:

    I’d be somewhat more hopeful for bigger changes, given the takeover of F1 by Liberty Media and their interest in promoting e-sports and F1 for a younger audience, which is something Bernie Ecclestone never cared about. I guess we’ll see. Maybe that will happen only in 2019.

  2. orangiey says:

    Love F1 but will only buy this if it supports VR (like all the other modern racing games!) – a massive omission in the 2017 version IMO.

    • BillyBumbler says:

      There’s really no excuse for them to not include a VR mode. So many racing games have it now, and VR is one component that really adds to immersion.

  3. lglethal says:

    “Star in a reasonably priced car!” I just laughed so hard that people on the bus started looking at me like I was some kind of weirdo.

    Thanks Alice. Please never change your writing style – it’s bloody brilliant! :)

    • Grizzly says:

      Incidently, it’s “Star in a reasonably fast car” now that the show has new presenters :P

      (And yet there’s not a single Toyota GT86 to be found in the entire series, ffs codies)

  4. xvre says:

    I’m loving the career mode in F1 2017, having picked it up recently in a sale, so I hope the improve on it.

    What many people are asking is how they will choose to handle the inclusion of the Halo device in this year’s cars. Will it be rendered fully, optional, translucent?

  5. Jokerme says:

    They haven’t added anything more than 10$ worth of DLC content in years. This is probably the same. I don’t know how they manage to sell enough copies to make one every year.

  6. misiek says:

    This year the biggest “improvement” must be the elimination of grid girls and replacing them with children. You know, the “important” feature that makes the game “inclusive” and save for everyone.