Along with Ubisoftâ€™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 Studioâ€™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 Sonyâ€™s Scott Rohde has said the game will be released when itâ€™s ready.
â€œWhat I will say is that it all comes back to that fundamental principle, and thatâ€™s that we want to build great games. And we really donâ€™t want to release a game before itâ€™s ready. And sometimes, this happens in the normal course of business, where we think weâ€™re on track to deliver what we think is going to be a great game, and when we get closer, we realize that weâ€™d be doing everyone a disservice if we shipped it before it was ready.â€
â€œSo, I think that at PlayStation, perhaps more than at other places, weâ€™re willing to kinda eat that [cost],â€ Rohde continued, â€œand go back to the drawing board and make sure the game is great before we ship it. And thatâ€™s whatâ€™s going on right now with that game.â€
Rohde wouldnâ€™t confirm if Driveclub will release this year, saying, â€œWeâ€™re not announcing any specifics on that yet.â€ 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 weâ€™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 PlusÂ 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 byÂ Driveclubâ€™s continued delays, Rohdeâ€™s comments lead us to believe itâ€™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 Studioâ€™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.
Weâ€™re hoping once the game finally gets released, whether itâ€™s in early April or late September (or later) that it fills the PS4â€™s racing void and satiateâ€™s our desire for speed. And it wouldn’t hurt if Sony kept their word on giving the game to us PS Plus subscribers.