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DriveClub goes back to the drawing board

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Don’t expect to see the upcoming racing game DriveClub anytime soon, because it looks like Sony is sending this project back to the pit crew for a further inspection.

Speaking to IGN, PlayStation software product development head Scott Rhode explained that DriveClub just didn’t feel ready yet for a worldwide release. “What I will say is that it all comes back to that fundamental principle, and that’s that we want to build great games,” Rhode said.

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.

Evolution Studios’ racing game has been subject to a delay or two already, so this should be no surprise. The game was announced back in February of 2013 during the PlayStation 4 reveal as a launch title, before Sony put the breaks on that high value vehicle and gave a vague 2014 release date for the freemium title.

PlayStation Plus subscribers will receive a free version of the game once it does release, with an option to pay and upgrade to the full version. Back at E3, I still sat down to see DriveClub in action. On the surface, it has everything. Solid visuals, great-looking cars and some interesting terrain.

But sweet Senna, it looked uninspired. There was just nothing about the game that grabbed my attention, and in a market place that is crowded with existing and upcoming racing titles, it’s going to need a special edge to really stand out. The PS4 exclusivity helps in the long run, but not if the game doesn’t take advantage of a gap between genre releases.

Last Updated: March 11, 2014

21 Comments

  1. I heard a demo for Drive Club will come packed with The Last Guardian. 😛

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    • Admiral Chief in Vegas

      March 11, 2014 at 08:13

      XD

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  2. DARK_SETH

    March 11, 2014 at 08:01

    @darryn

    Update
    Update from Colin Moriarty “Questions about the Driveclub
    article seem to be missing a key sentence: “And that’s what’s going on
    right now with that game.”

    https://twitter.com/notaxat

    The process has been on ongoing since the delay not starting now.

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  3. General JJ the Fett

    March 11, 2014 at 08:05

    Not very excited about this one.

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  4. Exalted Overlord Geoffrey Tim

    March 11, 2014 at 08:13

    I played this game at E3 and gamescom and it was dull as fuck both times.

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    • HvR

      March 11, 2014 at 08:14

      So should it be called Dullclub or Fuckclub or Dullfuck?

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      • General JJ the Fett

        March 11, 2014 at 08:20

        KakClub

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    • General JJ the Fett

      March 11, 2014 at 08:15

      I was sensing that. Looks like they’ve put 90% effort into the way it looks and the rest they just hope will pull through.

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      • Pieter Kruger

        March 11, 2014 at 08:15

        AKA Killzone……

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        • General JJ the Fett

          March 11, 2014 at 08:19

          Ah yes.
          As far as arcade racers go, I’m pretty much just looking forward to The Crew at the moment. World of Speed is, well, NFS (hence EA), so there’s not a snowball’s chance in hell that it will ever get to touch the inside of my pc.

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          • Pieter Kruger

            March 11, 2014 at 08:24

            The Crew looks sick!! Also looking forward to it but for now Forza 5 is more than enough to satisfy my need to for the smell of burning rubber….

          • General JJ the Fett

            March 11, 2014 at 08:28

            I would so love to have Forza. The one time I played it, it blew my mind. But, Xbox exclusive and all…

          • HvR

            March 11, 2014 at 08:50

            It is a bit like having your favorite ION header girl as your girlfriend but she has a bad case of gonorrhea

  5. HvR

    March 11, 2014 at 08:13

    New game software design model: Requirements -> Design -> Implementation -> Verification -> Delay -> Implementation -> Verification-> Delay -> Implementation -> Verification -> Delay ->

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  6. Pieter Kruger

    March 11, 2014 at 08:13

    This is a good thing! The end product will be much better than the 30fps rush job they were planning to release! (would’ve been the laughing stock of the web if the “sub par” Xbone blew it away with Forza 5) ????

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    • FoxOneZA

      March 11, 2014 at 10:35

      Double blow for Sony with Titanfall releasing.

      It’s all about the games!

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      • Skyblue

        March 11, 2014 at 10:52

        It’s all about the console… we don’t have X1’s but we can get PS4’s?

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    • Skyblue

      March 11, 2014 at 10:45

      Dude, I was fence sitting all this time hoping that all the crap I was hearing about the X1 was unfounded but I’ve had to jump camps. This time around I will be purchasing a PS4 before looking at an X1 (hoping they fix the performance issues). I also won’t jump through any hoops to purchase Titanfall as I have to assume that it will be available for PC locally once the X1 is released and they need to sell the damn thing we should see a few local servers pop up.

      EDIT: It is a disgrace that there aren’t any racing titles available on the PS4 yet

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  7. CAE9872

    March 11, 2014 at 08:47

    Pity but if they need to add some passion to the game, which Darryn and Geoff seem to indicate hopefully it turns out OK. At the very least they are well aware of the problems and haven’t dumped the game onto the public with the “we will fix it in due course” attitude.

    Unlike some recent examples *cough…Battlefield 4…cough*

    Still fail to understand how EA can say it hasn’t damaged the franchise? I hope it has so they learn from it (no I don’t want DICE folding)…my concern – us gamers will forgive/forget YET AGAIN when 5 is out (or whatever version they next give us).

    I hope I am wrong.

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  8. FoxOneZA

    March 11, 2014 at 10:39

    #MEDIOCRITYGATE

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  9. CypherGate

    March 12, 2014 at 09:54

    This will be the year of the delayed games lol

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