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DriveClub Officially Delayed Into 2014, PS4 Loses Key Launch Title

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Jonathan Lester
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DriveClub Officially Delayed Into 2014, PS4 Loses Key Launch Title

'The Visuals And Experience Are Only Going To Get Better'

Following some worrying rumours, Sony has officially confirmed that DriveClub will miss the PlayStation 4's launch - in fact, it will miss 2013 altogether. This isn't ideal for Sony's upcoming console to say the least, since its list of major launch exclusives is looking somewhat thin.

Sony's Shuhei Yoshida confirmed the news by way of the PlayStation Blog. “SCE Worldwide Studios and the team at Evolution Studios have made the difficult decision to delay the release of DRIVECLUB and DRIVECLUB PlayStation Plus Edition until early 2014," he wrote. "DRIVECLUB will be a truly innovative, socially connected racing game, but the team requires more time in order to deliver on their vision — and I’m fully confident the game will surpass your expectations."

“This decision also affects PlayStation Plus members‘ Instant Game Collection for launch. To be clear, DRIVECLUB PlayStation Plus Edition will still be part of the Instant Game Collection when it is released. For the PS4 launch, in addition to Resogun, I’m pleased to announce that Contrast, the highly anticipated game from Compulsion Games will also be available to PlayStation Plus members for free as part of Instant Game Collection.

“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.

“DRIVECLUB is a really ambitious racing title and the game is looking stunning. The extra time we’re giving the team means the visuals and overall experience are only going to get better. We can assure you that it will be worth the wait.”

So... there.

DriveClub's delay is another knock for the PS4, following so soon after Watch Dogs being pushed back to a similar window. Killzone: Shadow Fall and Knack are now picking up the slack. Though there'll be a very strong selection of indie and Free To Play games available on Sony's console on release, they're not necessarily what many gamers want to buy a £340 piece of new technology for - at least at launch.

Then again, with GT6 coming out in December, this delay probably isn't an entirely horrible idea.

Might it be worth waiting to buy a PS4 until inFamous: Second Son, Watch Dogs and DriveClub release? Or was DriveClub never really on your radar anyway? Let us know in the comments.

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bggriffiths  Oct. 18, 2013 at 12:54

I think the exclusives launch lineup for both machines is going to be largely ignored for next gen versions of cod, battlefield, Fifa and ass creed to be honest.

waxxy  Oct. 18, 2013 at 14:02

i always had a feeling theyd delay it or at the very least release a gt prologue type of game..im betting its down too sony don't want too hurt sales of gt6 even though its only on ps3 if they came out around the same time website reviewers would always compare the two and drive club cant compete against the fan base and love grand turismo has.

I think driveclub will come out march that way gt6 has had about 3 months of healthy sales but when it does come out itll be competeing against other driving games such as ubi softs club.

sonys enjoyed an amazingly strong couple of months ever since e3 and true gamers have shown much love and excitement towards ps4 its a real shame at the final hour this has happened to them and now Microsoft will gloat and take advantage of this ..
but this is only one game delay don't forget watchdogs was coming out on all formats so xbox one wont get watchdogs too I wouldn't be surprised if a few xbox one games get delayed too not much has been shown of dead rising 3/rise (only the quicktime portions have been shown and that looked boring)/forza none of those games have been playable or shown outside of trade shows

Late  Oct. 18, 2013 at 14:27

I've seen many argue the xb1 launch lineup was already looking better than the ps4's, moreso now, but tbh there's no real "must have" games for me on either platform - whether exclusive or not.

I'll get Forza, as it's bundled with my machine. It looks great, and I'm sure I'll enjoy it, but I'm not really into driving games so likely wouldn't have bought it if it weren't included free.
And I'll get COD, because it's COD and I'll end up getting it on one platform or another - makes sense to get it on my new console. But of course that's multiplatform, and aside from timed dlc isn't really a selling point for the console.

Aside from those two?
I've virtually zero interest in either console's launch day exclusives... and tbh the multi-platform titles aren't really exciting me.
I'm keen to play Assassin's Creed IV, and Lego Marvel. But if each of those is £30 on the xb360 and £40 on the xb1, and the two versions are virtually indistinguishable, I'm not sure why I should pay more to get the xb1 version.
All in all I fully understand those who want to wait six months or so before buying a next gen machine. There's really not much point buying early!


2014 is another story, of course. I'll be all over Titanfall and Peggle, both exclusives. My enthusiasm isn't necessarily in that order.

Delaying Driveclub is mildly irritating for Sony's customers, but I doubt it's going to sway many people.

stevenjameshyde  Oct. 18, 2013 at 14:30

On a bright note, Contrast looks ace, so that'll be a nice freebie

As a downside, it looks increasingly likely that I'll have to buy Assassin's Creed 4 in order to have something to play, which means I'm likely to have to actually finish AC3...

Anarchist  Oct. 18, 2013 at 14:56

i always had a feeling theyd delay it or at the very least release a gt prologue type of game..im betting its down too sony don't want too hurt sales of gt6 even though its only on ps3 if they came out around the same time website reviewers would always compare the two and drive club cant compete against the fan base and love grand turismo has.

I think driveclub will come out march that way gt6 has had about 3 months of healthy sales but when it does come out itll be competeing against other driving games such as ubi softs club.

sonys enjoyed an amazingly strong couple of months ever since e3 and true gamers have shown much love and excitement towards ps4 its a real shame at the final hour this has happened to them and now Microsoft will gloat and take advantage of this ..
but this is only one game delay don't forget watchdogs was coming out on all formats so xbox one wont get watchdogs too I wouldn't be surprised if a few xbox one games get delayed too not much has been shown of dead rising 3/rise (only the quicktime portions have been shown and that looked boring)/forza none of those games have been playable or shown outside of trade shows


I'm sorry, but I just have to say it.

What a load of bull ****. Get your head out Sonys ****, the lack of sunlight has made you delirious.

Where on earth would you like the games to have been shown besides in trade shows...? Shall I get my local spar shop to put one next to the link machine? Get DFS to put one in a mock living room? Better yet, let's just put them in tesco?

Moron. Your entire post just stinks of random things you've made up in your head that are so far from reality it's actually funny.

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