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'F1 Online: The Game' hitting web browsers next year

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F1 Online: The Game, a racing and management title playable in a web browser, has been announced for early next year.

The free-to-play game allows players to race on iconic tracks such as Monaco and Silverstone from a top down perspective across a number of online game modes.

As well as embarking upon a full 2011 FIA Formula One Championship, players can race in individual Grand Prix events complete with practice and qualifying rounds, as well as a range of challenges and time trials.

Progress across each mode will be tracked through leaderboards and shared across social networking sites.

A management mode will also be available, allowing players to create their own racing team with its own unique name and livery, as well as control its commercial interests, production and research development.

"Formula One is a proven major games brand that resonates with players on a global level and is recognised as one of the biggest sports licenses in video games," said Codemasters Online vice president David Solari.

"As the worldwide gaming market evolves, 2012 is the perfect time to extend this series to the free-to-play market.

"With a bespoke design for accessible browser play, F1 Online: The Game is a perfect complementary experience to the HD series and will appeal to a broad spectrum of Formula One's millions of fans worldwide."

Developed by Codemasters using the Unity game engine, F1 Online: The Game will make use of the full Formula 1 licence and uses track data and assets from F1 2011, releasing later this year.

F1 Online: The Game will be available in the first quarter of 2012. Players can register their interest at F1OnlineTheGame.com or facebook.com/F1OnlineTheGame.

View the first screenshots for F1 Online: The Game below:

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