What you need to know
- F1 2019 is set to launch on June 25 in early access.
- Available on Xbox One, PC and PS4.
- F2 will be added as a free update later this year.
Codemasters' F1 franchise has been getting stronger and stronger every year, but the yearly update cycle hasn't always brought much new to the table. For 2019 that's changing, because despite an earlier release than previous years, it's a big update.
The first trailer has now been released showcasing not only some of the new but some of the old that we'll be treated to in the form of the classic racers available.
The full list of classic cars available in F1 2019 makes for exciting reading for fans of the sport:
- 2010 Red Bull RB6
- 2009 Brawn BGP 001
- 2008 McLaren MP4 –23
- 2007 Ferrari F2007
- 2006 Renault R26
- 2004 Ferrari F2004
- 2003 Williams FW25
- 1998 McLaren MP4-13
- 1996 Williams FW18
- 1992 Williams FW14
- 1991 McLaren MP4/6
- 1988 McLaren MP4/4
- 1982 McLaren MP4/1B
- 1979 Ferrari 312 T4
- 1978 Lotus 79
- 1976 Ferrari 312 T2
- 1976 McLaren M23D
- 1972 Lotus 72D
- 1990 Ferrari F1-90 (Legends Edition)
- 1990 McLaren MP4/5B (Legends Edition)
- 2010 Ferrari F10 (Legends Edition)
- 2010 McLaren MP4-25 (Legends Edition)
- 2010 Ferrari F10 (Anniversary Edition)
- 2010 McLaren MP4-25 (Anniversary Edition)
Many are returning from F1 2018 and you'll need to pick up the Legends Edition to get not only the full roster, but also three days early access to the game, currently slated to begin on June 25.
F1 2019 is set to make a pretty significant step forward over the current game, not least in its visuals. Codemasters has given it a thorough going over, with enhancements to the environments and particularly details such as night races, with a more realistic feel to the in-game lighting.
It also for the first time features more than just F1. Joining the party this year is the supporting F2 class, albeit not for launch. This will be made available as a free update "during the season," so as yet there's no telling when that may be.
F1 2019 also makes some important improvements to the multiplayer experience, allowing players to complete weekly challenges, or even create their own tournaments with their own customized car regulations.
Early Access for Legends Edition owners is set to begin on June 25, with everyone else being able to play from June 28. U.S. pre-orders aren't currently available, but if you're in Europe you can grab it right now ahead of launch. F1 2019 is also Xbox One X enhanced, and supports both 4K and HDR.
This is going to be good.
F1 2019 isn't just another yearly update, with improved visuals, the addition of the F2 class and more customizable multiplayer experience, it's shaping up to be a truly epic experience.
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