Driveclub delayed in Japan, will miss PlayStation 4 launch in the region

"Various reasons" mean PS4 exclusive will miss the PlayStation 4's Japanese launch.

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Sony's PlayStation 4 racer Driveclub has been delayed in Japan, and will now miss the launch of the console in the region.

Motorstorm developer Evolution Studios' latest game was due to be released in Japan on February 22, but Inside Games reports that Sony Japan is now saying "various reasons" are contributing to the unplanned bump.

Driveclub was originally intended to be a launch title for the PlayStation 4 worldwide, releasing alongside Killzone: Shadow Fall and Knack as the machine launched in the US. But it was not meant to be: Driveclub was delayed into 2014 back in October, with the developer saying it needed more time to finish the new racing IP.

"Driveclub will be a truly innovative, socially connected racing game, but the team requires more time in order to deliver on their vision--and I’m fully confident the game will surpass your expectations," said Sony worldwide studios president Shuhei Yoshida last year.

"The extra time we’re giving the team means the visuals and overall experience are only going to get better. We can assure you that it will be worth the wait."

Driveclub, when it is released, will be sold as a full retail game, but a cut-down version will also be made available to PlayStation Plus subscribers.

Discussion

35 comments
adamsabo
adamsabo

I feel sorry for people who pre-ordered a PS4. Expecting to get this game for Free, then gets delayed, and now more than likely delayed again. Talk about fucking over your consumers, and when it is released will more than likely no longer be free for PS+ members, do to how much money they lost trying to even put this title out. 

dark_rising76
dark_rising76

So if it's getting delayed there then it's most likely it'll be delayed here for the 3/3/14 release date. Hope that's not the case. 

StokeMeAClipper
StokeMeAClipper

I'm still not really clear on what kind of driving experience they are aiming for. I've watched footage from E3 but everyone that plays racing games at these shows are horrible at them. It just seems odd how they've talked about the attention to detail and a love of cars but not really mentioned the handling.


If it is semi-sim I'd be interested, but all out arcade racers aren't really my thing. I'll occasionally play arcade racers, but they just don't hold my attention for very long. Basically if the handling actually resembles that of a car, even if the characteristics are exaggerated and it plays well with a wheel, I'll probably give it a try.

sakaixx
sakaixx

this game miss everything

deathstream
deathstream

This game is looking like a colossal failure in the making.  They can't get it running at 60 fps.  That is why it is delayed.  (Stories from last year before the first delay were pretty clear about their struggles.)

OnlookerDelay
OnlookerDelay

Guess it's taking longer than expected to build Fanatec steering wheel support into the game than they figured :)

foghorn79
foghorn79

Hmmm..Well if the next release date is listed as "When its' ready", then be afraid.  

ecurl143
ecurl143

Missing the launch with PS4 must be hitting the studio hard and more delays = tons more money being thrown at the product.

I suspect there were quite a few reasons for the delay, the main one possibly being the social aspect not up to scratch.

I also think visually, it was looking a bit drab - bear in mind the demo videos we've seen are probably the best levels they have to date with the rest possibly falling way behind in the beauty department.

On top of that, I'm thinking they're having loads of problems with things like framerate with a full roster of cars present - I don't think I've seen an in game video of more than 2, maybe 3 cars at any one time, which is a bit worrying but we shall see.

This thing has to do well otherwise it isn't looking good for Evolution Studios at the moment - a shame because Pacific Rift was an absolute blast.


freedom01
freedom01 moderator

they still have better games at their launch such as Ryu ga Gotoku Isshin and Shin Sangoku Musou with Mushouden, Drivers Club is not what they were looking forward to and many of the Japanese gamers are eager to play the FPS games also.

coaltango
coaltango

no racing game better than Burnout Paradise as of today.

pszone
pszone

Evolution Studios'  will face chop because game  DriverClub wont sell  and I hope they do.    Because they cant realise games on time and first time from this studio.                                                                                                                                                                                       

I cant complain because get it for Free on PS Plus.    

DiamondDM13
DiamondDM13

Well, you better have something really innovative in that game, otherwise it will just look stupid...

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

I'm not a PS4 owner (I picked up an Xbox One), but aren't japanese gamers into those turn based RPGs more than racing games? Is Sony releasing crap for japan in their launch window as well?

19James89
19James89

I'd imagine a lot of Japanese gamers will be busy playing Mario Kart 8 to really care about Driveclub or the PS4.

Morphine_OD
Morphine_OD

Social networks API is a bitch to work with.

FAIL_TR0LL
FAIL_TR0LL

That's alright, I'm sure those anxious Japanese Sony fans will have other fantastic games to play.

Knack and Flower it is!

roadkill908
roadkill908

@adamsabo Shut up. I'm willing to wait, especially if it means the game will be even better once it's finally released. I didn't even preorder the PS4 but got it a week after launch.

elitefunk
elitefunk

@pszone uhhh... what? I really hope english is not your first language...

19James89
19James89

@SevenizzYou're wrong racing games are popular over there, though none as popular as the greatest racing game of all time: Mario Kart.

SkyAboveThePort
SkyAboveThePort

@19James89 I'd imagine that within 1 month after PS4 launch in Japan, there'll be more gamers on PS4 than Wii U. Let's see..

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

False - Burnout 3 is the greatest racing game ever made.

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

This Drive Club game is no where near the quality of the Gran Tourismo franchise. You can't even compare the two.

pszone
pszone

@SkyAboveThePort @19James89  There will be more ps4 games at this years E3  than Will U .   And its not Sony facing delay its studio  Evolution Studios'  facing delay. of the driverclub game .   Will U is closer to death and Nintendo need to sort themselves out .

But I do agree your comment .   

19James89
19James89

@SkyAboveThePort@19James89Yep and there will be more people playing on the Vita than the 3DS. 


I like all this delusional Sony fanboy squark, it makes my morning.

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

I miss Xbox Live sessions. :( I had many a fun night with Burnout 3 and friends.

MonstaTruk
MonstaTruk

THIS. Takedown was something TRULY special, for a non-simulator...

SkyAboveThePort
SkyAboveThePort

@Sevenizz I can compare the two. Because Drive Club is way more of a racing game than a JRPG. Easily.

SkyAboveThePort
SkyAboveThePort

@pszone @SkyAboveThePort @19James89 Not sure if you misread my reply, it said gamers not games, i.e. units sold. But agreed, probably also more games available for PS4 around mid year. Nintendo really needs to give up their rigid stance. It would be a shame to see great franchises vanish just because they don't want to take the steps necessary to market their hardware. Or maybe the 3DS sells too well for them to care about the current state of Wii U..I don't know.

MonstaTruk
MonstaTruk

SkyAboveThePort called your bluff, and now you're running. Checkmate...

Nintendo Fanboy PWND.

19James89
19James89

@SkyAboveThePort@19James89I'd rather save you your money buddy, once Smash, Kart and Zelda U come out in Japan, the Wii U will beast to victory. 


Yoshida will be crying into his Wii U gamepad upset with that the fact that Sony will forever be in Nintendo's shadow. 



SkyAboveThePort
SkyAboveThePort

@19James89 @SkyAboveThePort I don't own one, and I never said that, so gtfo with your false accusations. In fact Vita is doing better than I ever imagined after the great PSP fiasco.


But I said this, PS4 will outsell Wii U in just 1-2 months, and Wii U had 1.5 years. If you're up for a wager, put your money into an escrow service of your choice, I'm up for it.