Driveclub delayed to early 2014, Sony confirms

"We can assure you that it will be worth the wait."

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Sony has confirmed previous reports that Evolution Studios' racer Driveclub has been delayed.

"SCE Worldwide Studios and the team at Evolution Studios have made the difficult decision to delay the release of Driveclub and Driveclub PlayStation Plus Edition until early 2014," wrote Sony worldwide studios president Shuhei Yoshida.

"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."

A version of the game, which was due to be released alongside the PlayStation 4 on November 15, was also to be included as a free download for PlayStation Plus members. Instead, Sony will offer Contrast as an alternative, and confirmed that the PlayStation Plus edition of Driveclub will follow in 2014.

"This decision also affects PlayStation Plus members’ Instant Game Collection for launch. To be clear, Driveclub PlayStation Plus Edition will still be part of the Instant Game Collection when it is released. For the PS4 launch, in addition to Resogun, I’m pleased to announce that Contrast, the highly anticipated game from Compulsion Games will also be available to PlayStation Plus members for free as part of Instant Game Collection," said Yoshida.

"We understand that the delay is disappointing news, but can assure you that the reason we have made this decision is to ensure that when Driveclub launches, it will realize the next gen racing vision."

"And PlayStation 4 gamers will have no shortage of titles to play this year. At launch alone, we have Killzone: Shadow Fall, Knack, Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag, FIFA 14, Call of Duty: Ghosts, Battlefield 4, to name but a few, as well as the incredible list of Indie games coming to PS4."

"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."

Earlier this week Ubisoft confirmed that its highly-anticipated next-gen launch title Watch Dogs had also been delayed into 2014.

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The real reason: GT6 is coming out in December.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Isn't it coming out on a different platform?

A week ago DriveClub was front page of the PS4 official Ad. Today, it's cancelled. This was a staple of the launch lineup, and the much touted AAA free game for the PS+ crowd.

Why make excuses?

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> It's not an excuse. Both racing games are made by Sony in house studios. GT6, although coming out for the ps3, is still spearheaded by a Sony studio. It's very smart to not have two of the same genres, made by two in house companies, competing with eachother.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Forgive me for interjecting here, but your comment is counter-intuitive. When I'm "really into" something, I feel like I can never get enough of it. So why would someone who's really into racing want to limit themself to just one racing game? Sorry, your logic just doesn't seem logical to me.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> I doubt it will increase over GT5 preorders since i read alot gamers was dissapointed in GT5.I guess most of them will wait till reviews comes out.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >>I would disagree. Driveclub was not a system seller. If you added all the numbers of the FPS genre and Racing Genre. FPS would obliterate racing.

Take a look at this list of pre-orders: << LINK REMOVED >> GT6 and Forza are not even in the top 10. And I can guarantee GT6 numbers will increase now.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> I'm not sure how you would go about getting a sensible preorder list for what has been touted as a F2P game, I'm aware of the different pricing models. And the numbers I posted are factual. Playstation 'fans' buy more racing games than any other genre.

Advertised next-gen racing launch title has been delayed.
Incentive to buy launch console drops.
Not very smart.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> I would be disappointed. Not enough to cancel any pre-order. But you are not using factual numbers either. We can at the very least, get some pre-order lists which show that Driveclub was in the minority.
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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> If I was a fan of the racing genre, and I preordered the PS4 as I knew Driveclub was a launch title - I'd be disappointed. There are a possible ten million people in that position. Anecdotal evidence using your circle of friends is largely irrelevant. It's bad news. Not terrible news, but not good.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> If this were GT6 for the PS4 I would agree. But Driveclub was free to begin with. I can guarantee that more than 90% of all the pre-orders included games that were not Driveclub. Even as a racing fan, I would not cancel my PS4 with GT6 around the corner. I would simply enjoy the PS4 library and play GT6 when it came out.
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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >>Let's put this back into perspective "Gran Turismo 5 is the best-selling video game for the PlayStation 3" - Current Playstation owners purchased more copies of a racing game than any other game. DriveClub was advertised as a launch title for the PS4. Racing fans who pre-ordered the PS4 (somewhere between 1 and 10million) no longer get the game they pre-ordered the system for. It's just not very smart if they delayed it because of GT6.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> The impact on PS4 would be minor since Driveclub was going to be free anyway. if you look at the pre-order lists the FPS genre was at the top. I don't know anyone in my personal circle who had Driveclub as the make or break decision.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> I will be getting KZ, Knack, AC4 and either CoD or BF. That's more than enough with the supplement of my existing PS3 library.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> And possibly dent PS4 sales, which is not very smart. Either way, somebody gets screwed.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> My original point was that if you have Driveclub (for free), the incentive for you to go out and buy GT6 on an older machine diminishes.

I am actually a fan of GT. I bought the the collector's edition. By having Driveclub delayed they are going to increase GT sales.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> lol... yeah... because nobody wants to PLAY the new console that they spend 500 dollars on... right? lol

You guys are becoming sad and transparent.

If it isn't about launch games... why not wait until games come out before you buy the console?

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Stretchy leg limb kick!

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<< LINK REMOVED >> You know who was my favorite character in Street FIghter? Dhalsim.

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@RicanV @danabo For what purpose? You stated "Sorry. That ONE fan of racing games will not want both GT6 and Driveclub. *Fixed"

Well, "As of March 2013, Gran Turismo 5 sold over 10 million units. Gran Turismo 5 is the best-selling video game for the PlayStation 3." there's 10 million racing fans, I'm certain more than one of those would like a racing game on their shiny new platform. I mean, it has been announced and advertised as a launch title, there must be some disappointed folk.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Yeah, buying consoles for launch game is just being a mug. Especially if those launch games are 360 ports.

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@sladakrobot @RicanV I know people who live and breathe GT. You think some new franchise is going to steal the limelight? ha.

Sony wouldn't take away one of the only AAA exclusives on their brand new platform just to add some negligible sales on an existing console and guaranteed seller. There is literally no logic in that.

Well, unless you're a Sony Pony.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> From my experience,when i got my X360 i very rarely played any origianl Xbox game.
I guess ones who gets a PS4 and Drive Club will not look back at GT6.

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<< LINK REMOVED >>Now let's get some Forza Statistics to keep it fair.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> As of March 2013, Gran Turismo 5 sold over 10 million units. Gran Turismo 5 is the best-selling video game for the PlayStation 3.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Sorry. That ONE fan of racing games will not want both GT6 and Driveclub. *Fixed

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> They won't? wowzers! I guess everything you say is completely and utterly factual! lol

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Um, fans of racing games?

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<< LINK REMOVED >> You just don't understand and nothing will help you understand that people will not want TWO racing games within the span of a month.

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@RicanV @malokevi lol. Uh huh, because a free game certainly doesn't mean that people will have extra cash to pick up an established franchise, one of Sonys most covetted.

Your being insane. I'm getting a PS4, too, and regardless of how you spin this, the fact is that Driveclubs delay means that there are basically no AAA exclusives for the PS4. Killzone, and Knack. So, as far as I'm concerned (and many others) that leaves Killzone.

You don't see a problem with that? Well, then, you're living in a fairy tale... as if that wasn't obvious enough already.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> You are being overly emotional. I have nothing vested in this. Driveclub was NEVER going to move PS4's.

But if you give racing fans a free game, you take away the incentive to purchase another racing game.

It's very simple.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Your kidding... right?

GT is guaranteed to sell on PS3. Driving fans will buy it. Now, Driving fans will have no incentive to buy the PS4.

Your suggesting that Sony cares more about selling GT than they do about moving PS4s... which is retarded.

Why don't you stop? You're clearly making excuses, trying to spin this positive, with absolutely no evidence. It's abundantly clear that you're full of it. Why bother with this BS?

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Correct. So why would I go out of my way to buy a racing game on a previous gen console if I have a free one on my PS4?

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@RicanV @sladakrobot Yeah, except one is free. lol.

....yeah, exactly. No need to "buy" driveclub....

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Driveclub was not a system seller. It is actually free.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Same company. If you are into racing, you are going to buy one or the other not both.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> So they remove incentive to buy their brand new console (where they would want to increase the player base) so that they can push a game on a console whose existing player base is already fully established?

Why would they delay a game that incentivises their new console, just to push a game on their old console that is guaranteed to sell?

Do you have a source on this "theory" of yours... or are you making excuses?

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> It's not very smart to advertise a game as launching with a console then delay it, though.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> How can 2 racing games compete which each other when they are on different consoles?

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@masterace101 It's not PS4s fault. That's retarded. But it is a huge blow to their launch lineup. I'm getting a PS4, and the only games I was planning on getting at launch were DriveClub and Killzone. Now, I'm paying 500 dollars to play Killzone.

Which means I will be spending all my time on my XboxOne, because that's where the games are.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> No where did they say they want to make it 60 fps. You're assuming that. A better assumption would be the game is not ready.

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@masterace101 Why even paying attention to DriveClub, GT6 is around the corner. That's perhaps the main reason.

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Wow man, all these delays :P


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Xbots a month ago: Driveclub sucks. It's terrible.

Xbots today: Driveclub was going to save the PS4. You are all doomed.

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@RicanV What they mean is yeah it sucks, but atleast you had it as an option to buy, now that option is gone in an already bleak looking launch lineup.

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@Justin Roane Posting from Facebook is so 2006...can facebookers read the replies in meanwhile?

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Xbots keep saying Sony rushed but Xbone games are in 900P and most of them suck.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> most of them are 3rd party games that are also on the ps4 so i guess all the ps4 games suck also

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Phil Spencer will be crying bitter tears when he sees the sales results.

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