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RUMOUR: DriveClub Delayed Into 2014?

Jonathan Lester
DriveClub, PS4, Report, Rumour, Sony

RUMOUR: DriveClub Delayed Into 2014?

One of the PS4's flagship launch titles may have been delayed if new rumours are to be believed.

The Same Coin claimed to have heard from an "anonymous source that Sony’s upcoming PS4 launch title Driveclub is delayed until spring 2014." So far, so somewhat tenuous. However, following the report, Kotaku backed up the claim with an anonymous whistleblower of their own, and point out that DriveClub was removed from a major showcase yesterday due to a "scheduling conflict." It's far from a smoking gun, but it's circumstantially interesting.

Sony don't comment on rumours and speculation, and have so far declined to issue an official line.

If true -- and please bear in mind that it could just be scurrilous nonsense -- this could be seriously bad news for the PS4. Now that Watch Dogs has been pushed back to Spring 2014, Sony's console is relying on a very small number of big-name exclusives beyond the multiplatform releases, boiling down to Killzone: Shadow Fall and Knack. Some exciting F2P and indie games such as Planetside 2,  Resogun and Rime are waiting in the wings, but for many players (myself included), they're not necessarily worth shelling out £340 for at launch, especially since all of the free-to-play titles are already available on PC.

We'll learn the truth of this soon enough.

I should point out that regular reader DrTrouserPlank alerted my attention to this yesterday and credit him with the tip. I've been holding out for an official response - we'll keep you posted. - Jon

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stevenjameshyde  Oct. 18, 2013 at 10:07
JonLester  Oct. 18, 2013 at 10:22

Yep, we're on it. ;) Story should be live imminently. EDIT: Is live, was just waiting on the front page update.

What do we make of this, everyone? Anyone pre-ordered or were you just going to play a bit of the free version?

Last edited by JonLester, Oct. 18, 2013 at 10:24
Anarchist  Oct. 18, 2013 at 10:31

Interesting. Although I wouldn't imagine this would have any effect whatsoever on the Sony massive. But with stories like this and what I'm calling slave-labourgate, the PR buzz is not with Sony at the moment.

As you say, the only interesting launch title is now Killzone. I think we can safely ignore knack.

Lets hope guerrilla games can at least deliver on time, if nothing else. To be honest, I'd kind of already discounted drive club as I'm getting forza on my day one xbone, but I'm still really looking forward to laying into some helghast on my launch ps4...!

DrTrouserPlank  Oct. 18, 2013 at 10:52

Hmm. So the substitute being made is that we get Contrast for free (which I don't mind seeing as I was going to buy it on Steam later today) so that will give me something to play on the PS4, and there's a KZ:SF MP weekend to hook those who've received PS4's for Xmas.

All in all, I think a lot of people would have prefered the PS+ edition of DriveClub because it probably offered more content, even if they weren't particularly into racing games. I hope the delay allows them to get the game running at 60fps though.

Gonna have to buy KZ I guess... maybe get NFS rivals to satisfy my driving desires.

Shame they couldn't have given us Knack on PS+ seeing as they are giving it to the Japanese when the machines launches next year. It could have been worse though, I half expected them to bundle 1-3 month's PS+ as a substitute.

Last edited by DrTrouserPlank, Oct. 18, 2013 at 11:00
Anarchist  Oct. 18, 2013 at 11:03

I thought that the PS+ edition of driveclub offered less content, in that there were cars and tracks missing that are in the full retail version, that you would have to purchase separately...?

Edit: or do you mean more content against what Contrast offers? You're probably right, there.

Last edited by Anarchist, Oct. 18, 2013 at 11:37


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