PS4 racer Driveclub is "super-accessible, but also deep"

New director Paul Rustchynsky talks about PlayStation 4 game's recent delay and how it is shaping up.

Yesterday, Sony announced that Driveclub, the upcoming "socially connected" racing game from MotorStorm studio Evolution Studios, had been delayed to October 7. Also in that announcement was word that veteran Evolution developer Paul Rustchynsky is taking over as its game director. We caught up with Rustchynsky about the delay and what it means for Driveclub, as well as what Evolution is hoping to achieve overall with the new racing title.

Addressing the delay, Rustchynsky said it was necessary to push the game to October 2014 because the game's social functionality just wasn't ready yet.

"There's one kind of key reason why we needed to delay Driveclub. We've been working a lot on trying to build what we think is a social network for Driveclub; a way for people find other people, to challenge and get involved online in a seamless and slick way. And we weren't happy with that one particular area of the game," Rustchynsky said. "So we needed to re-look at that and re-engineer it to make sure that it matches our ambitions. Driveclub has always been a very ambitious title for us and we wanted to make sure that one key element, that central pillar of Driveclub, really met everyone's expectations."

"Obviously a delay is something no one wants to see for a game, but what you're going to see is a quality product when it comes out October 7" -- Rustchynsky

Everything else in Driveclub--the visuals, the audio, and the car models--are "best-in-class," Rustchynsky boasted. The extra development time will allow the art teams, who aren't involved in overhauling the game's code to get the social features where they should be, to add new cars and tracks to Driveclub. All of this will make "the game experience better overall," Rustchynsky said.

"Obviously a delay is something no one wants to see for a game, but what you're going to see is a quality product when it comes out October 7," he said.

Rustchynsky described Driveclub as being in "fantastic shape" right now, and he brushed aside a suggestion that another delay would ever happen. "We're in the stage where we're polishing things up and just kind of finishing the game off. We're not concerned at all about delaying anything further," he said.

Driveclub's new October 2014 date puts the racing game up against a host of other AAA games that are vying for attention during the busy holiday period. In fact, in addition to Driveclub, October 7 alone sees the release of Alien: Isolation, Dragon Age: Inquisition, and Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. So what will set Driveclub apart from the pack?

"It's great to be surrounded by such great competition," Rustchynsky said. "I've kind of said from the start for Driveclub [that] it's something quite unique to the driving genre; something that hasn't been done before."

Not only is Driveclub breaking new ground according to Rustchynsky, but it is also targeting a different market than other, similar racing games, he says.

"We're aiming for a different market than most other driving games. We're looking at something that's super-accessible, but also deep," Rustchynsky said. "We built these cars in such a way that they're grounded in reality, but anyone can get involved."

To that end, Sony will also offer a "free" version of the game for PlayStation Plus ($50/year) subscribers. This version of the racing game is "feature-complete," Rustchynsky said, meaning you can play online multiplayer, join a club, and send challenges to other players. However, the PlayStation Plus version of Driveclub does not include all the cars and tracks. You'll need to buy the $60 version to get the full experience.

We also quizzed Rustchynsky about the possibility of Driveclub making use of Sony's new virtual reality headset Project Morpheus. We know Evolution has conducted experiments before and that virtual reality support won't be available at launch. But what about later down the road?

"It's definitely something we're keeping a very keen eye on," Rustchynsky said about potential virtual reality support for Driveclub. "At this time right now, we're obviously focused on getting Driveclub out for October, but it's something that we're keen to look at in the future. We see a big future in VR technology and hopefully we'll see lots of exciting games in the future."

For more on Driveclub, be sure to read our previous coverage.

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ecurl143
ecurl143

This game had better be awesome, since it's practically had and extra year of production time spent on it.

I really could do with seeing some better gameplay examples from this title, it's been very thin on the ground in that area, which worries me.

I'm not entirely convinced the game will make it's money back though - the production has been what, 3 years + now? - Sony must be losing money hand over fist with Driveclub.

J-007
J-007

This game needs to have a single player mode to help balance it all out, a free DLC will have to implemented to make this game versatile for everyone. Online only is not the best idea

hardrockr79
hardrockr79

This game will be good!! Any FREE version is good, and happily accepted here. I'm glad so many complain about "free." If anything, I can fully test the water before jumping in.

skyycam
skyycam

who cares about the social connected features..I wish they would drop that all together.I just wanna race

kahnseal
kahnseal

but but but but but but but the ps4 can do 1080p 60 fps with ROOM TO SPARE. lol. sure it can, oh what about this one. forza 5 only doing 1080p 60fps because racing games are not that demanding of graphics. but now that this game is running 1080p 30 fps its ok because of the detail. REALLY NOW? bottomline is this. ps4 just trying to be all graphical and cut the performance, 50% more powerful than xbox one BUT cant get a 1080p 60 fps racing game. hmmmmmmmmmmm. sony fans better start doing some soul searching because you have been cheated. you can say what you want but sony has yet to release an exclusive that is 1080p 60 fps. at leat MS has one. lol.

justerthought
justerthought

Yes but when I'm driving, can I turn off all the huge social text stats that pop up destroying immersion, distract attention and block my view. It's like being spammed with adverts. I'll never read them anyway or I'll crash because I need split second reaction to what I see on screen. Racer + social = epic fail.

TacticaI
TacticaI

But how does the game actually play?

nurnberg
nurnberg

I am amazed about how this developer managed to do a full interview while saying literally nothing.

PETERAKO
PETERAKO

"PS4 racer Driveclub is 'super-accessible, but also deep"

Yeah, ok, carefull not to drown.

nayce54
nayce54

I wish I had a docile slattern that was also "super accessible, but also deep!"

PSYCHOV3N0M
PSYCHOV3N0M

Still should've been running at 60 frames. They should call Turn 10 Studios for some tips lol smh

nighthawk330
nighthawk330

This game is going to be fun. Looks amazing. Far better than Forza 5s mediocre graphics

zerofrust
zerofrust

Deep? please. This is probably going to be some nth arcade driving game making itself pass as a simulation...

sleepyinmorning
sleepyinmorning

While I am not going to believe Sony after all those lies and BS PR stunts,making it free with ps+ is a really good move,I hope they don't turn dickish this gen and I will be more than happy to buy a ps4

Pupchu
Pupchu

There is no blue spiky shell in this racer, therefor its realiticly impossible for it to be any good or fun.

Lash540
Lash540

@kahnseal  It's not ok, Sony dropped the ball. Kinda like Microsoft with their console using DDR3. Hopefully no one buys the game to kinda give sony the finger but I doubt that would ever happen. Forza all the way for me and I hate Microsoft.

mrsec84
mrsec84

@PSYCHOV3N0M Why?

Forza 5 isn't anywhere near as graphically demanding as this game is.

F5 doesn't have volumetric clouds, full global illumination, realistic materials in the cars & environments.

The track side spectators are proper 3D models in Driveclub, there's realistic lighting, accurate shadows & reflections.


There aren't any jaggies on the cars or environments, the tracks are densely packed & look much more realistic as a result.

There are huge tracks & vast draw distances also that you just won't get in an Xbox One racer running with everything this game's producing at 1080p 30FPS.


Best case scenario Xbox One could maybe run this level of game at 900p 30FPS, 60FPS takes 2X the performance of a game running at 30FPS, so to match Driveclub's level of visuals at 60FPS would likely mean Xbox One would have to run this game at a Sub-HD resolution, so probably around 1000X720, or 1280X720, with bars at the top & bottom of the screen, that's way too much of a compromise & it'd probably need more AA to prevent jaggies because of the game being at such a lower resolution.

zerocrit
zerocrit

What lies and bs or stunts? And it was always going to have a ps+ edition.

mrsec84
mrsec84

@rocky_denace Actually day & night cycles are in the game, what you're talking about is that Evolution aren't forcing connected online players to have the same daytime, you pick your own & can adjust the time settings how you like.

If Turn 10 wanted to match Driveclub's level of visuals on Xbox One they'd probably have to run their next Forza at 900p 30FPS, considering 60FPS takes 2X the power of running a game at 30FPS, with equally demanding graphics then for Xbox One to run Driveclub's level of Image Quality you'd be looking at a native resolution of 1000X720, which would look pretty damn awful..

nighthawk330
nighthawk330

Forza was disappointing a whole 7 tracks to race on. Same races over and over just in different cars. The graphics were mediocre.

I'm about game play. I have a WiiU but I also want my games to look amazing. And PS4 delivers that far above Xbox One

fredyellowone
fredyellowone

@sleepyinmorning @fredyellowone It was supposed to be a launch title.  Wow.  Now, what I'm supposed to play, if I want a racing title on the PS4?

nayce54
nayce54

@fredyellowone In the meantime, Play Dark Souls 2 on hard with 3 bonfire ascetics with the Deprived Class using only fists!

sleepyinmorning
sleepyinmorning

@fredyellowone @sleepyinmorningDidn't mean to start one but that was mine experience,hands on with the internet

sleepyinmorning
sleepyinmorning

@fredyellowone @sleepyinmorningIsn't that what all people have been hyping ps4 owners about?(it was sarcasm)

It always should be about games,but it isn't

sleepyinmorning
sleepyinmorning

@fredyellowone Why would you want a racing(or any other game) title on ps4?It has 1080p

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

@pezzott1 @sleepyinmorning  Be a reasonable demo at least.