Along with Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs, Driveclub was one of the most anticipated games heading into the launch of the PlayStation 4. Unfortunately, both games were delayed, but Driveclub hurt worse because it was a PS4 exclusive from Evolution Studio’s, the developers of MotorStorm, and it looked awesome.
Today, neither titles have made it to store shelves, but Watch Dogs at least has a new release date set for late May. As for Driveclub, it doesn’t even have a release date after slipping from its previously planned Spring 2014 release window.
Fortunately, the development team has been hard at work on the game and Sony’s Scott Rohde has said the game will be released when it’s ready.
“What I will say is that it all comes back to that fundamental principle, and that’s that we want to build great games. And we really don’t want to release a game before it’s ready. And sometimes, this happens in the normal course of business, where we think we’re on track to deliver what we think is going to be a great game, and when we get closer, we realize that we’d be doing everyone a disservice if we shipped it before it was ready.”
“So, I think that at PlayStation, perhaps more than at other places, we’re willing to kinda eat that [cost],” Rohde continued, “and go back to the drawing board and make sure the game is great before we ship it. And that’s what’s going on right now with that game.”
Rohde wouldn’t confirm if Driveclub will release this year, saying, “We’re not announcing any specifics on that yet.” However, a Sony press release representative said more information will be shared soon.
A recent tweet from the official Driveclub Twitter account suggested the game would be released April 9, 2014. The tweet was quickly deleted, and we’re still unsure of its legitimacy. For reference, Amazon has a Sept. 30 release date for the game, although that is likely a placeholder date.
As you might remember, Driveclub was planned for release via PS4’s PlayStation Plus service by giving subscribers access to a free version of the game. It was the big game that was supposed convince new PS4 owners to pay and lock into the $10-a-month subscription service. Since then, several quality games have released on PS Plus, like Resogun, Outlast and the recently released Dead Nation: Apocalypse Edition, but none of these games have pushed the next-generation boundaries like Driveclub promised with its impressive visuals and social features.
While some PS4 owners may have been let down by Driveclub’s continued delays, Rohde’s comments lead us to believe it’s not for lack of direction and focus, which have plagued many high-profile games in recent years. Remember Duke Nukem Forever, for instance? Evolution Studio’s dedication to delivering an excellent title gives us a warm fuzzy that the game is in great hands and just needs some more development time to iron things out.
We’re hoping once the game finally gets released, whether it’s in early April or late September (or later) that it fills the PS4’s racing void and satiate’s our desire for speed. And it wouldn’t hurt if Sony kept their word on giving the game to us PS Plus subscribers.