Sony and Evolution “embarrassed” by DriveClub’s launch

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Drive Club is a pretty fun game, and the new patch that adds in dynamic weather effects make it look rather incredible. Still, sentiment towards the game is resoundingly negative. The reason for that it is that two months after launch, the game still doesn’t quite work as it should. Things are mostly up and running, with challenges now online. If I were Sony and Evolution Studio’s, I’d be pretty embarrassed about the whole thing. And they are, considering DriveClub was meant to be a launch title.

Speaking to IGN, Sony’s UKL Boss Fergal Gara said that both Sony and Evolution Studios were terribly embarrassed about the whole thing.

“It’s a disappointment,” he said about the games perpetual issues.  “When you lay your soul out as being ‘4ThePlayers’, then what you certainly don’t want is games that are not fully ready. It certainly wasn’t any ill-intention on behalf of the team. It’s ambitious as a game; they’re as embarrassed as we are and all you can do in those situations is say sorry.”

Those waiting for the promised PlayStation Plus version may be waiting for quite a while. Sony and Evolution want to make sure history doesn’t repeat itself.

“We apologise to any players affected and are doing our damndest to make things right. So that’s what we’ve been doing and the game is pretty near-complete now. We don’t want to introduce the PS Plus Edition until we’re confident the servers can take the load. Unleashing it on the millions of PS Plus users is the next step, but we want confidence in the capacity and concurrency figures. I’ll say again: we apologise and are trying to sort it, and we’ll hopefully learn from it so we see it less in future.”

As much as we all hate them, we may be set for more delays in future – as publishers start realising that they’re better than releasing broken games that need streams of patches before they become playable.

“[Delays] are always frustrating, and it’s certainly never our intention to sell a false promise,” he says. “You work with the best information available at the time. It’s the right decision to delay but, of course, to delay and then have issues is certainly not ideal, but it’s better than releasing a broken game.

Here’s a look at those pretty new weather effects. It’s beautiful.

Last Updated: December 11, 2014

Geoffrey Tim

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