Driveclub is a racing game that was meant to launch alongside the PS4. The game was intended to be free (well a major portion) to PlayStation Plus members as a bonus. The night before the U.S. release of the PS4, Evolution Studios put a hold on the game. This was not a two week old, but a hold going into the next year.
One of the few playable games at E3 2013, this writer believed the game was in fantastic condition to release at that point. However, Evolution Studios wants to make sure that the game is consistently getting 60 frames per second, while running at 1080p resolution. News hit Monday via an interview with IGN that the game may not see the light of day anytime soon. According to Sony’s Scott Rohde via IGN, he had a few things to say about Driveclub.
“What I will say is that it all comes back to that fundamental principle, and that’s that we want to build great games,” Rohde 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.”
As mentioned above, there is a strive for perfection involved. Rohde does not want an inferior product to be released to next generation systems. Gran Turismo 5 tried to do the same thing and ultimately the game was released earlier than it should have been, and at the same time, Polyphony took ages to release the title. Rohde stated he is willing to eat the cost if it means coming out with a masterpiece.
“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.”
When asked about a specific release date, Rohde was mum on information. When pressed about Driveclub being released in 2014 at all, he also had no comment. According to Sony PR, they will be able to provide more details soon. Does a racing game garner this much detail? Has the ongoing delays blemished any interest you have in Driveclub? Leave a comment below and share your thoughts.