There’s a lot that gamers are still going over in their heads following the grand unveiling of Sony’s PlayStation 4 console, but — like any other game console — it really just comes down to the software that’ll launch alongside it. From the sounds of it, there will be a handful of solid titles available at launch, Killzone: Shadow Fall and Watch_Dogs among them, but racing fans will have a brand new type of game to anticipate at the system’s launch.
Driveclub is a brand new intellectual property from the team at Evolution Studios (the developer responsible for the Motorstorm franchise), and it’ll put a unique spin on a genre that many may be growing weary of. Sony’s latest racing game will focus on the joys of team-based racing, something that is only possible with the enhanced power and social features of the PlayStation 4.
Evolution Studios’ very own Matt Southern, the game’s director, took to PlayStation.Blog to detail the latest item on his team’s agenda, Driveclub. Apparently it was a long time coming for the new driving game, the concept was being tossed around for nine years, so this is very much a dream project for Southern.
“When we knew PlayStation 4 was coming, we realised that the time was right to make the Driveclub dream a reality. It was time to combine nearly 15 years of racing game pedigree and a rapidly evolving, connected gaming landscape — this seed of an idea was ready to be realized and the buzz at Evo was unstoppable.”
In preparation for Driveclub, Evolution Studios began headhunting to get some additional staff that have some serious history in the racing genre. The backgrounds of these employees will have dedicated racing fans salivating at the mouth with anticipation, too.
“We expanded our vehicle handling and design team so that together, we have over 50 years’ experience working on the most prestigious racing titles out there, including — WRC, Formula 1, Gran Turismo, MotorStorm, WipEout, Project Gotham Racing, GRID 2 and many more.”
Although very little is currently known about Driveclub, the title’s premise sounds like a promising one. The team-based, first-person racing should provide something totally different from the traditional racing experience, and something new is very rarely a bad thing in an industry that’s bogged down with annual releases and overly similar products.
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