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Racy: F1 2016 Teases Multiplayer Championship Mode

Changing the formula (one)

Upcoming racer F1 2016 [official site] will be getting a new Multiplayer Championship mode, which will allow up to 22 players to race over the course of a whole season, overtaking each other and hitting the pit stop and generally having a great time, while you get repeatedly lapped by all your best friends. Because you are rubbish.

In the new mode you'll be able to race together as drivers of the same team, or take on other teams in ongoing leagues. You can save the state of your championships so that everyone can take a breather, of course, and play out the tournament over many weeks.

Codemasters have also been showing off the ten-year Career mode. In this, players will go through the long and winding career of a single driver as he joins an official team, picks his team mate and attempts to conquer the revered sport of Cars Wot Go Fast. They've just released a shiny new trailer to show you what it’s all about.

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Vroooom! As your career goes on you’ll choose how to upgrade your car and chat to the research and development hombre about what needs to be improved. Taking part in this engineer’s practice sessions will also unlock some improvements. Or you could just check in with your agent – another character – and demand to be placed on another team, you treacherous race snake.

We've already heard how the game will have formation laps, as well as manual race starts which challenge you to release the clutch at the perfect moment or face an embarrassing mis-start thanks to the car’s anti-stall. I have no idea what anti-stall is but it sounds bad and I don’t know why. Isn’t stalling crap? Why do we want something which is ‘anti’ it? Please explain this to me, F1 fans. I am very ignorant.

Anyway, it looks like more and more sports games are beginning to inject personal drama into their usual kickabouts and runarounds, which is an interesting twist in a genre that is usually resistant to radical changes. FIFA 17 also announced at E3 that it was getting a story mode, accompanied by a trailer that was so serious, it could have easily been promoting the next GTA.

F1 2016 is coming out on August 19.

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