The British gaming site first reported the news in the early afternoon, citing reports from an anonymous source. "DriveClub" was to be Sony's premier first party racer on the Playstation 4, and a major part of its Playstation Plus initiative as a free title given to subscribers. But the game hasn't exactly looked great in its various showings. All of the videos and media released thus far shows only one vehicle on the track during time trials. Evolution, best known for the "Motorstorm" series, has made comments recently about shifting priorities to a 60 FPS framerate. With the studio going dark since with four weeks to release, things weren't looking good.
The story quickly spread, and landed on gaming messageboard NeoGAF, where a poster put his account on the line to substantiate the rumor, also citing someone close to the development team. "DriveClub" design director Paul Rustchynsky did little to quell the report with a tweet later in the day.
"Unfortunately guys I don't have any new information on ('DriveClub') to share," he said. "I've been out (of) the office for a week looking after my newborn!"
A separate source also told Kotaku the game has been delayed. When the site inquired with Sony, they were told the racer had been removed from a PS4 showcase event Wednesday in San Francisco for "scheduling conflicts," but Sony would not comment on rumors or speculation."
If "DriveClub" is delayed, it will leave Sony with only two first-party retail titles for the launch: "Killzone Shadowfall" and "Knack." "InFAMOUS: Second Son" was pushed back to February earlier this year. Though, Sony does have a substantial online presence with several indie exclusives scheduled to launch alongside the console Nov. 15. This marks the second delay in as many days, after Ubisoft announced it was pushing back "Watch Dogs" until the spring.