Sony's PS4 racing game Driveclub goes "back to the drawing board"

Worldwide Studios executive Scott Rohde says "We really don't want to release a game before it's ready."

Sony has gone "back to the drawing board" in an effort to make PlayStation 4 racing game Driveclub the best it can be, according to PlayStation Worldwide Studios executive Scott Rohde. In an interview with IGN, Rohde explained that Sony would only be doing fans a "disservice" if the company shipped Driveclub in its current form.

"What I will say is that it all comes back to that fundamental principle, and that's that we want to build great games," Rohde said. "And we really don't want to release a game before it's ready. And sometimes, this happens in the normal course of business, where we think we're on track to deliver what we think is going to be a great game, and when we get closer, we realize that we'd be doing everyone a disservice if we shipped it before it was ready."

"So, I think that at PlayStation, perhaps more than at other places, we're willing to kinda eat that [cost] and go back to the drawing board and make sure the game is great before we ship it," he added. "And that's what's going on right now with that game."

Pressed to say if Driveclub would be released in 2014, Rohde would not offer any insight. However, a PlayStation PR person said more details about the game will be announced soon.

Driveclub is in development at Motorstorm creator Evolution Studios. It was originally a PS4 launch title, but Sony delayed the game in October to spring 2014. At the time, Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida said the extra months will allow developers to improve the game's visuals and overall experience.

"We can assure you that it will be worth the wait," he said at the time

A special PlayStation Plus version of Driveclub is also in the works, but the status of this project is unknown. For more on Driveclub, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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j_kizi
j_kizi

Yep.. Glad I decided to wait till late this year to get the ps4, looks like I won't be missing a lot, so many delays. First year of a console is never that exciting anyway.

2leetchisgod2
2leetchisgod2

@j_kizi I agree. The consoles and games are just not that exciting compared to past generations. The feeling of getting an N64 and playing goldeneye for the first time vs playing another version of assassins creed on ps4 is not even close.

Sun-Tzu-GE
Sun-Tzu-GE

Yeah,I've officially stopped caring.Still no reason to get a PS + membership yet,it seems.

xantufrog
xantufrog moderator

This is disappointing news for the PS4 owners, but there is good logic behind it. Think how much better Thief could have been if someone at the last minute said "wait, there are some pretty rough edges here. Let's take 6 months a file them down" (I'm enjoying the game a lot, btw, just using it as a good example).


Game informer made a good point that Forza 5 would have benefited from sitting out the launch window as well to be a more complete game.


Assuming this doesn't lead to a mess of a game where multiple peoples' visions are mashed together this is probably a good thing that consumers will be thankful for down the road.

gs_are_paid
gs_are_paid

A lot of PS4 must own titles have been delayed: Watch dogs, Witcher 3 and now this title. Let's hope the same thing won't happen to Destiny.

Kodrab
Kodrab

Well it's better to wait a little longer than having a unfinished game like EA & Dice did with Battlefield 4

adawf
adawf

is this all part of the greatness awaits thing?

thatguy2001
thatguy2001

@adawf  But greatness does await.......... in 2018 when games are actually released for the system.

hellzicke
hellzicke

Why is it that every thread always get filled with my console is much more awesomer than yours debate? If you prefer your Xbox that is fine, just go and enjoy it. If you prefer a Playstation then just go enjoy that one. But no, so many people have an urge to go and express how fucking useless the other system is, talk about a fucking waste of time for everyone. Just be thankful there is a option to begin with.

domisbatman
domisbatman

I'm in no rush , been playing Fifa since release and Dota . Just waiting on Destiny release day . I guess I can give Arma 3 a try for a filler game until then

pip3dream
pip3dream

Oh cool, another racing game.  I wonder what you do in this game?

xantufrog
xantufrog moderator

@pip3dream Oh cool, another MP FPS, I wonder what you...


let's face it, you can say this about almost any type of game. Within RPG there's a lot more variety, in part because they are story oriented. But still "RPG is a broad term with a TON of subcategories. Each of those categories (JRPG etc) is subject to this same complaint from a gameplay mechanic standpoint, even if the stories vary on the surface level.

Tommi88
Tommi88

Good job buying a system that doesnt have any games, im buying a xbox one with titanfall today!

chasloyal
chasloyal

@Tommi88  Well done you melt, receive a medal for gladly being a piece of shit on Don Mattrick's shoe! I'd rather no system at all than being initially taken for a mug by the NSA, sorry I meant MS

thatguy2001
thatguy2001

@GrenadeLauncher  Don't worry bro, one day that dust collector of yours will get some games. I'm sure things will get better for you.

GrenadeLauncher
GrenadeLauncher

@thatguy2001 @GrenadeLauncherI'm enjoying a bunch of quality digital games before I get Infamous and the best version of Ground Zeroes in a week. Meanwhile Xbots have no games until November. What a tragedy!

thatguy2001
thatguy2001

@GrenadeLauncher @thatguy2001 For someone who seems to think he has purchased an awesome system with so many great games, u sure do spend alot of time on these forums. Man, if I was you, i would be playing knack, that game is just amazing. Just accept the fact that you made a mistake and the PS4 is not what you thought it would be, unless u thought it would make a great paper weight.

xantufrog
xantufrog moderator

@Tommi88 And on an XBox thread "Why do these Sony ponies come over here and trollllll. We don't do that"

Fanboys are a bunch of hypocrites thinking the electronic toy they bought makes them better than the other kid.

Trickymaster
Trickymaster

I bet it will be like GT4. Taking forever and a decade. Expect Driveclub in 2017...

thatguy2001
thatguy2001

I really hope the PS4 owners also own a decent PC rig, otherwise, what the hell are they playing right now. Gotta feel a little sorry for that bunch.

thatguy2001
thatguy2001

@GrenadeLauncher @thatguy2001@Tommi88@ryogapower Again, what does that have to do with anything? Do you only play games based on someone elses opinion of it? Man you are missing out on some fantastic games if that's the case. Personally I have had so much more fun with titanfall than i have with dark souls 2. But hey what do i know. Metacritic says i'm wrong, so i must be wrong.

GrenadeLauncher
GrenadeLauncher

Funny how the marketers always rail off Forza 5, Ryse, Dead Rising 3 and Titanfall, forgetting that most of that list is crap or multiplatform.

SirFiddler
SirFiddler

... the witcher postponed, driveclub postponed again and again, watchdogs postponed Playstation ? More like "delaystation"

GrenadeLauncher
GrenadeLauncher

@SirFiddler Witcher and Watch Dogs are multiplat, DC has not been postponed again if you actually read the article. Xbox? More like "Shitbox."

SirFiddler
SirFiddler

@GrenadeLauncher @SirFiddleri am a playstation player and i don't care about whether or not a game is multiplatform . DC was supposed to be a launch title first for the us ps4 launch and then for the japanese launch of the ps4 in february. then it was announced for the 9th of april, now it's back to the drawing board...and we all know what that means...don't get me wrong, i am not bashing the playstation because i am an xbox fanboy, i am just annoyed that games keep getting pushed back and my expensive piece of hardware is collecting dust

GrenadeLauncher
GrenadeLauncher

@SirFiddler @GrenadeLauncherNo, it wasn't announced for the 9th of April, that was another unfounded rumour. And no, Drive Club is not going back on "the drawing board," it's still being worked on and retooled for VR. Nothing has been scrapped.

SirFiddler
SirFiddler

@GrenadeLauncher @SirFiddler:-) noone said it's been scrapped...and yes it is going back to the drawing board, this very article we're commenting on says so ...and yes it was announced for the 9th of april, even though only short and probably by mistake via one of the developers twitter account...all i am saying is that we still don't have it and games that are promised are being delayed...


wolv25
wolv25

I just want to play it this game.

kelseyjb
kelseyjb

So many impatient so called gamers today. Now if they release this game and it's filled with bugs everyone will be saying how they should've waited before releasing this game. When devs take their time to make a good game people still cry and complain. To the idiots saying ps4 has no games your just those casuals who only wait for the next hot game to come out. When I'm not playing ps4 I'm playing my PC rig. Every console that has came out never had a huge amount of games these systems only been out for 3 and half months calm down.

Hells_rebelion
Hells_rebelion

@kelseyjb It does get a little old that they are impatient and fall under "Pressure" to get people's hopes up and announce launch dates then push back and push back.  I agree people should be patient but still...