Today, Shu Yoshida, President of Sony’s Worldwide Studios, announced the DriveClub will be delayed into early 2014. This confirms rumors heard earlier this week about the former Playstation 4 launch title.
Following the announcement, Yoshida 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.” He went on to confirm that DriveClub will still be a Playstation Plus Instant Games Collection title when it does launch. To make up for the lack of DriveClub at launch though, Sony will now offer Contrast, a platforming puzzle game from Compulsion Games.
Yoshida went on to say “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.” You’ll be able to decide that for yourself, when DriveClub launches in early 2014, exclusively on the PS4.
This reporter’s opinion: I wasn’t really looking forward to DriveClub all too much, but it’s presence felt right. Nearly every console nowadays has a major racer to show off just how good it can look, and the lack of a racer on launch day can be a deterant to some fans. Granted, Need for Speed Rivals is still launching on November 22nd, but that isn’t an exclusive. Also, EA must be loving all these recent delays. Ubisoft now has two titles for launch day (Just Dance and AC4) and Activision has two as well (Call of Duty Ghosts and Skylanders), where EA has 3 (Madden, FIFA, & Battlefield), with five total coming to the next-gen before Christmas. With this delay, racing fans will likely flock to Need for Speed as a substitute, and that only benefits EA.
by, Bobby Marquardt