We were a little bit worried about DriveClub when we first got our hands on the racer earlier in the year. Little over a month ago, the game looked frighteningly unfinished, and – if we’re honest – a little bit bland. But developer Evolution Studios has a habit of making late sprints to the finish line, so it’s perhaps not especially surprising that the PlayStation 4 racer is starting to look, well, a little bit mind-blowing.

Like all of Sony’s first-party launch titles, the game has come on leaps and bounds since E3 2013, as evidenced by this direct-feed gameplay footage taken from the showfloor at GamesCom. If you can stop yourself from head-bobbing long enough, you should be able to appreciate the serious upgrades to the scenery, lighting, and general sense of speed.

One thing to remember is that the launch title uses a dynamic illumination system, which means that you’ll be able to play all of its tracks at various times of the day. We’re drooling at the prospect of racing through this dense forest location in the dark. Even more impressively, the Runcorn-based team’s still got at least two months left to add another layer of polish to the current build. We can't wait to see how it looks on release day.