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Sony confirms Driveclub delay

Sony confirms Driveclub delay

Fri 18 Oct 2013 9:16am GMT / 5:16am EDT / 2:16am PDT
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Evolution Studios' launch title now due "early 2014"

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Sony has confirmed rumoured news that Evolution Studios' Driveclub, previously a PS4 launch title, has been delayed until early 2014.

A post on the PlayStation blog explained the move, citing a need to allow the team "more time in order to deliver on their vision".

"This decision also affects PlayStation Plus members' Instant Game Collection for launch," the post continues. "To be clear, Driveclub PlayStation Plus Edition will still be part of the Instant Game Collection when it is released.

"We understand that the delay is disappointing news, but can assure you that the reason we have made this decision is to ensure that when Driveclub launches, it will realize the next gen racing vision. And PlayStation 4 gamers will have no shortage of titles to play this year. At launch alone, we have Killzone Shadow Fall, Knack, Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag, FIFA 14, Call of Duty: Ghosts, Battlefield 4, to name but a few, as well as the incredible list of Indie games coming to PS4. A broad portfolio of games will be available on PS4 before the end of the year, and with games such as Infamous Second Son, The Order 1886, Destiny, Watch Dogs and now Driveclub coming next year, the strength of the software line-up on PS4 is unprecedented."

Driveclub is the second major next-gen release to be delayed this week, with Ubisoft pushing Watch Dogs back to 2014 for more polish, too.

7 Comments

Christian Keichel
Journalist

682 925 1.4
The launch lineup for the PS4/XBox One looks less attractive every day.

Posted:11 months ago

#1

Nicholas Pantazis
Senior Editor

1,020 1,467 1.4
I would say the PS4's launch lineup is very precedented, and I don't really understand Sony's claim that they are offering something extraordinary that people haven't seen before.

People, including myself, are excited about the PS4 because it's well-priced and has lots of future game potential, but the existing announced library is mostly last-gen multiplats, and they certainly don't have much to brag about when they lose one of only three first party launch exclusives to next year...

Posted:11 months ago

#2

Brian Allen
Staff Writer

5 2 0.4
That makes me sad, I was looking forward to that one. I'm really not sure what I'll be playing at launch now.

Posted:11 months ago

#3

Robert Barrow
Programming (AI), Web Development, Security (Pentesting, Recovery)

27 18 0.7
When I think back to my first month or so with my PS3 and 360, all I remember are RFoM and Perfect Dark Zero. So all things considered this time around we are being spoilt rotten by not only having a plethora of diverse titles to choose from but also from the quality of those titles.

If games are slipping in order to be improved then all strength to them I say!!

Posted:11 months ago

#4
They (MS and Sony) over extended themselves in order to plicate investor concerns over a weak sister Gen-8 console release against a strong PC drive, now the reality has hit and each drawback hurts their presence. Gen-8 consolse looking like a make-or-break decision for the current exrcutive pool - wonder where they will jump before launch?

Posted:11 months ago

#5

Andreas Gschwari
Senior Games Designer

559 608 1.1
Out of the 3 connected drive games due for next gen, this was the weakest looking at E3 and Gamescom. The Crew and Rivals looked a lot more polished and interesting. So it's not like there won't be great driving games out at launch for the PS4. Pushing it to next year will be harsh on Driveclub though because people who like driving games will already be invested deeply in at least one of the other 2 games. The reason to switch has to be a good one.

Posted:11 months ago

#6

Sandy Lobban
Founder and Creative Director

314 206 0.7
As has been said on other threads, I think all producers of next gen titles have thought what is so special about our game and what makes it play and appear next gen given what has just been released. There have been some big claims made in the run up to this so it has to be special.


The business model for next gen based around a games simply looking and sounding better is suspect in my view. Next gen for me is where steam has been for some time. Indies with lower production costs coupled with a platform to reach a wide market.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Sandy Lobban on 22nd October 2013 12:26pm

Posted:11 months ago

#7

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