“Driveclub” was planned to be a launch title for the Playstation 4 but was ultimately delayed and taken “back to the drawing board.” Sony Worldwide Studios President Shuhei Yoshida announced the release date for the racing game on Tuesday and released an all new gameplay trailer.
PS4 owners in North America will have “Driveclub” available to purchase on Oct. 8, 2014, according to a post from Yoshida on the Playstation Blog. It will be available two days later for European gamers.
Yoshida also explained the reason behind the delay in his update. While he made no mention of going back to the drawing board with the title, he did explain that the delay was caused by the ambitious nature of the project. He also confirmed that Paul Rustchynsky, also known as “Rushy”, has taken over the Game Director role for “Driveclub” following the departure of Col Rodgers due to family reasons.
“We planned for the game to be ready for early 2014 and are committed to delivering on our ambitious promise of creating a truly innovative, socially connected racing game,” Yoshida wrote. “The problem with being ambitious is you have to be prepared to accept there will be challenges along the way. What DRIVECLUB offers has not been previously achieved in this category and because of this, the team needed more time to give you the game you’re waiting for.”
Evolution Studios also announced its future reveal plans for the game on its Facebook page. “[W]e will share a detailed update on development and answer as many questions as we can from you all. In the meantime let us know what you think of the new video and tag friends you’ll be driving with when you get your hands on DRIVECLUB later this year.”
While this is the team behind the “Motorstorm” franchise, “Driveclub” promises to be different. Not only is it strictly a road racer but it also is not a full racing simulator that would compete with the “Gran Turismo” series. Instead, it is more akin to Codemaster’s “Grid” racing series but with a team element. Players will not only drive the cars but manage racing teams as well.