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Rumour: PS4 Exclusive DriveClub Slamming on the Brakes Until June

Posted by Kell Andersen

Crash and burn

It seems that hotly anticipated PlayStation 4 title DriveClub may not be racing onto your next-gen system as soon as previously thought. The title, initially pegged to release alongside the launch of Sony's new machine, had been rumoured to be tearing up the tarmac sometime in February. However, a recent Facebook post from Official PlayStation Magazine Italy suggests that the racer won't be starting its engine until June.

"We have a 'feeling' that #DriveClub's coming in June, but don't tell that to anyone," the site stated, although it's not yet clear whether the comment pertains exclusively to the Italian release of the game or not. As such, this remains strictly a rumour, but if it does end up ringing true, then we'd hate to be the unlucky soul manning Sony's consumer complaints division. Whatever the case, the Japanese giant has promised to reveal the title's official release date as soon as possible, so we don't have long to wait until the car-nage unfolds.

What do you make of this troubling rumour? Are you sick of waiting for DriveClub? Grab your torches and pitchforks in the comments section below.

[via facebook.com, gamezone.com]

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get2sammybAdmin

#2

get2sammyb said:

@Gemuarto I'm starting to worry now, too. If this is true, it makes me think that there were bigger issues with the game then polis. How the heck did they ever think they were going to hit launch, though?

k_andersenStaff

#3

k_andersen said:

What's especially troubling, is that this means we could potentially be waiting until march for the next big exclusive PS4 title. Which is good for our backlogs, but is still a bit worrying.

Dodoo

#4

Dodoo said:

@get2sammyb - Maybe they knew they wouldn't hit launch but Sony may have decided to "lure" people into PS4 by pretending it wasn't far away. That's what the cynical part of me thinks anyway!

I hope this release date is incorrect and the launch is in the next couple of months.

Dodoo

#5

Dodoo said:

@k_andersen - Yeah tbh I'm quite happy for there to be a dry spell with PS4 as I still have a big backlog for PS3, Vita, Wii U and 3DS!

get2sammybAdmin

#6

get2sammyb said:

@k_andersen Very true. Personally, I still want to play Knack and LEGO so there's no real "drought" for me, but, yeah, I think if this was coming in February it would have fleshed out the lineup nicely.

I suppose there's still Thief and Tomb Raider, but I suspect the doomsayers will emerge soon.

AlexStintonStaff

#7

AlexStinton said:

Is one of my 2014 predictions coming true already? I think the delay is more to get out of the way of some big releases over the next couple of months. The summer drought is a perfect release window for Drive Club to succeed in.

NathanUC

#8

NathanUC said:

Ouch ouch ouch :( this is more a problem for me as it seems a ton of really good games are releasing around that time already.

Decisions like this make it hard for me to recommend jumping to the PS4 just yet.

get2sammybAdmin

#9

get2sammyb said:

@AlexStinton I don't know, I mean we don't know what the digital slate looks like, but in terms of PS4 content, there's only really inFAMOUS, Thief, and Tomb Raider in that window. MLB in the US, too. I actually think the start of this year looks barren compared to last year.

You're right, though, it will definitely stand out in the summer.

TOMBOY25

#10

TOMBOY25 said:

i've never had a backlog of games so im always bored waiting for something to play looks like infamous SS is the next game i'll be getting so it looks like my ps4 will gather dust until then.

Cyrso

#11

Cyrso said:

As long as the game is eventually a great one, then it's fine.

But yeah, Sony should have tried to move some 2013 PS3 titles to PS4, the 2013 line-up for the PS3 was incredible. Puppeteer, The Last of Us, Sly Cooper Thieves in Time, God of War: Ascension, Gran Turismo 6, Beyond: Two Souls, Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, Tales of Xillia, Rain Ratchet & Clank: Nexus.

The PS4 hype would have been crazy if Puppeteer, Gran Turismo 6, The Last of Us would also have been released on PS4. And Puppeteer would have got the sales it deserved.

get2sammybAdmin

#12

get2sammyb said:

@Cyrso All true, but the PS4 is also sold out worldwide so it could be argued they don't "need" any more hype — the system would have sold the exact same number of units with or without additional games.

Scollurio

#13

Scollurio said:

Well I don't really mind as I am really occupied with a handful of awesome games on PS3 still, working on Plat for The Last of Us, Gran Turismo 6 and also on PS4 on Killzone, got Plat on Resogun already! Thanks to to @get2sammyb for hyping me into it and thanks for PSPlus making it a free no-brainer to pickup! ;) Love that game.

Back to Driveclub, I don't mind games being delayed for further polish rather than releasing a Battlefield 4. But what I don't like is being lied to and I guess they already knew a LONG time ago they'll never make it for PS4 launch and just kept teasing it. Releasing Driveclub later in the year might hurt it bad actually because: GT6 will have a considerable amount of DLC already launched by then and it comes closer to releases like TheCrew (if its not postponed also) and also Project Cars (which SHOULD finally release in 2014, but also not sure). Anyways. Make the game good as I have the inevitable feeling it's an overhyped piece of hipster game anyways... even though I love racing games...

BarrettJChris

#14

BarrettJChris said:

June release? I don't believe it for a damn minute. You know SONY and Evolution Studios doesn't care about us. That's why they wont release the game to us. They don't care if we are happy and satisfied. They just want us to wait and wait.

[Mod: Removed some of this comment due to being inappropriate.]

Wesker

#15

Wesker said:

Wow this is starting to feel like a trend now. My guess is that everyone underestimated development time for new-gen games. We're just going to have to get used to longer development cycles.

Reverend_Skeeve

#23

Reverend_Skeeve said:

@BarrettJChris Perhaps because he pretty much started the site and has a firm eye on the use of inappropriate language in the comments? One of the things that make this site and the community so enjoyable, btw...the (mainly) absence of trolls and people who can't post a comment without getting rude.

@get2sammyb Sorry for fighting your battle...couldn't resist.

BTT: If this rumor is true, I am disappointed, because I want this game rather sooner than later. And indeed...if this is true, how could they ever hope to release this game around launch? And if Driveclub really needs/needed that much work, why did they wait so long to admit the delay? This really smacks a little bit of "let's lure 'em in with false promises."

Reverend_Skeeve

#25

Reverend_Skeeve said:

@KALofKRYPTON Well, we can hope, right? Project Cars sure looks awesome! And in general, I'm not too concerned with games getting delayed...if it makes it a better game, I'm all for it. Just would've loved to have something additional to play to help me over until Tomb Raider and inFamous...

I have to admit that Driveclub does look better and better with each new video snippet they release...if the gameplay can hold up, this game should be good. I do like the on the fly challenges that pop up when somebody out of your friendslist already drove on the track and such.

KALofKRYPTON

#26

KALofKRYPTON said:

@Reverend_Skeeve

It's something the recent NFS games have done very well with Autolog, constant one-upmanship.

I'm sure Evolution can put together a good driving model between sim and arcade. They have a couple of people from Studio Liverpool, so plenty of experience over the Motorstorm, WipEout and F1 games.

AlexStintonStaff

#27

AlexStinton said:

@get2sammyb Maybe "big games" was an overstatement but there are a lot of games hitting end of Feb / March across all platforms. I know I will be playing a lot of the new last gen games such as Dark Souls 2.

KAPADO

#28

KAPADO said:

This is a joke. I'm all for giving me the game when it's finished. But this was supposed to be a launch title. We have no racing games on ps4 .
And dont tell me anything about Need for Speed.
I wanted my Gran Turismo 6 or Drive Club ,ugh.
I actually went back to ps3 and started playing Bioshock infinity and Grid 2

Reverend_Skeeve

#29

Reverend_Skeeve said:

@KALofKRYPTON I have heard good things about the NFS games...haven't played the last entries, though. I'm saving my money for Tomb Raider and inFamous, but maybe I'll give NFS a try sometimes, when I find it for cheap.

ReigningSemtex

#30

ReigningSemtex said:

If this was a launch game I probably would have bought it but by the time June gets here I will have lost all interest in getting it because there are plenty of other games I want more for other systems between now and June.

KALofKRYPTON

#31

KALofKRYPTON said:

@Reverend_Skeeve I'll get Tomb Raider for my birthday, well I'd better (shakes fist!) ha.

Criterion's Hot Pursuit really made NFS worth playing again, it was basically Burnout Cops & Robbers, and some of the most fun I've had in a multiplayer game. Used to play with 3 mates, 2 cops and 2 racers usually-in hyper cars! Smashing good times!

Most Wanted was good, but was essentially Burnout Paradise 2.

Rivals is very much an amalgam of the two. Great fun, looks great, very fast and very good playing with friends. I traded after I got the plat, 'strike while the iron's hot' and all that. But it's totally worth retail price, especially if you have friends playing.

Reverend_Skeeve

#32

Reverend_Skeeve said:

@KALofKRYPTON Ah cool, good to know! If I had the 50 or so bucks to spare right now, I'd buy it in a heartbeat, if only to have moar food for my PS4. Love Racing games in general and I sneaked a peak when NFS was free on PS3 thanks to PS+

As it is, I'm on a very tight budget for games right now, so Tomb Raider (and indeed, you better! :p ) and inFamous will have to do. Fun fact: inFamous will be my birthday present to myself...it's on March 18th, so the 21st is an almost perfect release date for that. :)

Carl-G

#34

Carl-G said:

I don't mind waiting because still got LOADS of PS4/PS3&PSVita games to still play + LOADS of games coming before that to. Why rush it i.e MotorStorm was rushed & had dreadful Load times that nearly killed the game for me :-/

KALofKRYPTON

#35

KALofKRYPTON said:

@Carl-G True, then they released the (not) DeLorean and all was right with MotorStorm! It got a bit better with Pacific Rift, but not much.

Kohaku

#36

Kohaku said:

Would be a big fail when a launch game is delayed till 7 months after release of the PS4.
Besides that, when they need that much time I am afraid that the game will be a disappointment. Did we see gameplay recently?

BornOfEvil

#37

BornOfEvil said:

I'm disappointed, but relieved at the same time. I'd rather Evolution release a complete game instead of a broken mess like Battlefield 4.

lacerz

#38

lacerz said:

Better this than releasing a broken game. I'm tired of paying to be a beta tester.

Cyrso

#39

Cyrso said:

@get2sammyb

I know but still, even more good word of mouth couldn't have been a bad thing? :) The 'hype' would be maintained for a longer time. But you're right the PS4 is still selling out everywhere, so it's not exactly a big problem from Sony's standpoint, but I would have liked to see Puppeteer getting more recognition. Here in Belgium retailers still have pre-orders/back-orders all up to march.

Or if the TLOU would have been on PS4 too, then that would have been a big hype booster, the PS4 would already have an GOTY award-winning game straight at its launch.

Gamer83

#40

Gamer83 said:

This really is complete bullsh*t. Sony knew this game wouldn't be done and kept hyping it anyway. Frankly, I don't like a few things they've done. There's missing features from PS4 that need to be added immediately in an update, stuff that should've been there from the beginning. And there is no excuse for this game to be taking until possibly June. It was hyped as day one right until a month before launch, then they can it and outside of inFamous and The Order, they really have nothing for PS4 for this year. That's pathetic. Nintendo at least had a legitimate excuse for why Wii U first party games have taken so long. Sony has none, it's been in the HD game for a while now and if PS4 is supposedly so easy to develop for, there's no reason a studio that specializes in racing games shouldn't have one ready by now, when they had over 2 years to work on it. It's a joke. Evolution sucks and Sony is starting to annoy me a bit too. It better have some good system updates and some good game news (not indie crap either) here soon. Even PS3 had a better first year from a first party perspective.

@Reverend_Skeeve

If you're looking for something to hold you over until inFamous, Thief comes out in February and looks pretty good. Honesty, even if DriveClub were to come out soon, the constant talk of delays and other nonsense has killed any hyped I once had for the game. Same with Watch_Dogs. It's a joke neither of these games are out by now, but that's what happens when you turn to incompetent developers. It's especially hilarious in Sony's case that it went with Evolution when it has Polyphony under its umbrella. There is no good reason for GT 6 to be a PS3 exclusive. It should've been a PS4 exclusive and launched day one with the console. It's way past the time to still be p*ssed about that idiotic decision but I can't help it.

eLarkos

#41

eLarkos said:

@Gamer83 I feel ya man. I just think that this behaviour is not exclusive to Sony, it seems like all the major 3 are making promises (admittedly I dont follow xbox news) and then not following through. I have said it before on this site but I really do wonder how close to breaking consumer guarantees laws this sort of action is. DriveClub a launch title?? Come on.

Gamer83

#42

Gamer83 said:

@eLarkos

I don't know about breaking any laws. I just know if you want to build consumer trust, this sure isn't a way to do so. Whatever though, hopefully Sony will learn the hard way, from what I've seen, hype for this game is gone, which is a good thing. Shutdown Evolution once this game is a critical and commercial failure and move on. I'd also say don't ever bs the consumers again but lets face it, giant corporations specialize in that so the best we can hope for is that maybe Sony does something halfway decent and at least offers the full digital version of this game, half price to Plus subscribers.

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