'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.”
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.