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F1 2011 release date nailed, game confirmed for NGP

Codemasters racer will be here on September 23; co-op confirmed

Codemasters has officially confirmed the F1 2011 release date, and announced that the game is being created for four platforms.

The UK developer's new racing game will hit stores on September 23 for PS3 and Xbox 360, with Sony NGP and Nintendo 3DS SKUs also in development and due at a later date. However, there has been no mention of a PC version from the publisher - a format on which F1 2010 won many fans.

The confirmed date chimes with a report from respected trade publication MCV from earlier in the year.

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Codemasters claims: "In F1 2011 players will be challenged to 'be the driver, live the life, go compete,' with wide-ranging technical and gameplay advancements on and off track and vastly extended competitive and co-operative multiplayer components."

F1 2011 has been shortlisted as one of CVG's Most Anticipated games of E3 2011. The title's predecessor has sold more than 2.3 million units globally to date.

Meanwhile, THQ Partners has announced that it is to will distribute four of Codemasters' video games in North America during 2011: Bodycount, Dirt 3, Operation Flashpoint: Red River and F1.

"The THQ Partners initiative truly resonated with us," said Rod Cousens, CEO of Codemasters. "THQ stands as a publishing force in North America and provides us the mindshare, commitment and resources of their organization to successfully drive Codemasters products in this very important market."

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