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DriveClub Puts the Brakes on Its Japanese Release Date

Posted by Kell Andersen

Yet another delay

Before we start this article, we'd just like to take a minute of silence to express solidarity for our long suffering compatriots in The Land of the Rising Sun. First they learned that they wouldn't be getting Sony's next-gen marvel until February, then they were subject to a TV commercial that seemed solely designed to rub their noses in the fact, and then, to top it all off, it was revealed that they were, in fact, initially first in line to get the console. It couldn't possibly get any worse than that, could it?

Apparently it could, as we've recently learned that hotly anticipated racing sim DriveClub won't be ready in time for the region's extremely belated launch of the PlayStation 4. Japanese website Inside Games reports that the racer has been delayed due to "various circumstances". It's a vague excuse, to be sure, and one that conjures up the frightening thought that the game may not even be ready in time for its rumoured Western release in late February. We're sure that the Japanese giant is well aware that, at this point, another delay may actually incite a riot, so for its sake, let's just hope that this is only a minor stall.

What do you make of this unexpected delay? Are you concerned that this news may not bode well for the title's Western launch? Rev your engines in the comments section below.

[via inside-games.jp, vg247.com]

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User Comments (13)

HiroshiYamauchi

#1

HiroshiYamauchi said:

My guess is the game is coming along pretty badly and the delays are only to avoid a disastrous flop. I hope i'm wrong...

NathanUC

#3

NathanUC said:

Considering the current videos look so good and they are still making improvements, I wonder if the delays are due to problematic netcode. Considering how 'online' this title is, poor netcode could easily ruin this game.

get2sammybAdmin

#4

get2sammyb said:

@HiroshiYamauchi The newer videos all look amazing so I don't think that's the case. To be fair, they never actually 'announced' February, so this may not actually be a delay. @Nathanuc1988 may have a point about the netcode. My guess is that with the PS4 still sold out, there's no real urgency from Sony to get this out just yet, and they're just being given more time.

eLarkos

#5

eLarkos said:

@get2sammyb I seriously hope thats not the case. People who purchased a ps4 are expecting this game ASAP. It was after all touted as a release title.

Have we seen actual gameplay footage, like someone with a ds4 actually controlling the game? I cant remember...

KAPADO

#7

KAPADO said:

This game better deliver when it comes out, or else it's going to be the new Haze... with cars.

zeldagaymer93

#8

zeldagaymer93 said:

I feel like they are delaying it to add life to the game. It looks like a decent game, but honestly the trailers basically just show nice graphics.

Kohaku

#10

Kohaku said:

I am afraid that this game will be not that good as people hope it is. We didn't see that much gameplay last months and Sony still can't say what they mean with "early 2014".
I ordered my PS4 for Watchdogs and Driveclub but all I play now is Pinball.

charlesnarles

#11

charlesnarles said:

What, was their studio flooded too?
I'm slowly caring less and less about DC and WD, and thinking more about GT7 and GTA6. Just let us know when it's ready and stop acting like DC is the end-all ps4 game

Gamer83

#12

Gamer83 said:

@Sanquine

Unfortuately I think Evolution needs more than just 'work.' The studio needs to be shutdown after this game is released because what has happened here is beyond unacceptable. They've had over two years to make a racing game, not an open world adventure or something that requires a huge undertaking, a racing game, something this development team is supposed to specialize in. In the time that the last Motorstorm game was released Naughty Dog has given us two epic adventures and it would seem has a third on the way for this year. How it's even possible that DriveClub isn't ready by now is beyond me. I'm reading that the clips of the game look good, that's great, except they're 10 second clips, not that hard to make a good-looking 10 second clips, at least Evolution got that right. There's no way Sony wants to have to push this game back again, I'm positive of that but I can't get too angry with the decision makers either if the game does get delayed a second time because at this point it absolutely can not afford this to be a total disaster. At best we're looking at a final release that can be considered average and nothing more. That's better than complete sh*t, but the bottomline is we'll get this game in June, 7 months after it should have been out and it won't be anything worth talking about. Once the game finally is released, that has to be it for Evolution.

The most disappointing part about this is this was going to be the first true next-gen racing experience for PS4 now we have to wait at least 3 years before getting GT 7 for this happen, maybe longer. I said when it was announced and it still rings true now, putting GT 6 on PS3 was the wrong and idiotic choice.

Sanquine

#13

Sanquine said:

@Gamer83 I won't be so vocal but maybe you're right. The last moterstorm was bad and this game is been delayed everytime... I hope you're wrong though... I hope this game is becoming better than average but i could be wrong/

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