DriveClub’s delay may have been disappointing at the time, but it’s allowed Evolution Studios to transform the next generation racer into something special judging by the recent batch of trailers that the Runcorn-based studio’s released. Of course, that means that the conversation’s shifted to considering the exclusive’s deploy date over the past few days – and it looks like it could be parking up in February if a Japanese launch schedule is to be believed.

During the manufacturer’s PlayStation Awards earlier in the week, the firm took a moment to share the software slate for its next generation system, which is due out on 22nd February in the Land of the Rising Sun. Among those titles was the abovementioned high-octane excursion, suggesting that the platform holder won’t make you wait too long to wrap your fingers around the title’s lovingly crafted selection of steering wheels.

There’s no word on whether this is going to be a global release, but we reckon that an Early 2014 launch would make sense. With the schedule looking a little dry after Christmas, the 2.1 million owners of the next generation console will be gagging for something fresh to play in the New Year. Dropping this right when people are feeling a little twitchy makes a lot of sense – and along with inFAMOUS: Second Son, it should ensure that the PS4 eschews any content lulls.