PS4-exclusive racer Driveclub delayed again, but gets a new director

Sony yet again delays its upcoming "socially connected" racing from from Evolution Studios, but names veteran Evolution Studios developer Paul Rustchynsky the game's new director.

392 Comments

GameSpot may get a commission from retail offers.

Please use a html5 video capable browser to watch videos.
This video has an invalid file format.
00:00:00
Sorry, but you can't access this content!
Please enter your date of birth to view this video

By clicking 'enter', you agree to GameSpot's
Terms of Use and Privacy Policy

[UPDATE] PlayStation president of Worldwide Studios, Shuhei Yoshida, has released a statement on the PlayStation Blog addressing Driveclub's latest delay and revealing that the game has a new director, veteran Evolution Studios designer Paul Rustchynsky.

"We planned for the game to be ready for early 2014 and are committed to delivering on our ambitious promise of creating a truly innovative, socially connected racing game. The problem with being ambitious is you have to be prepared to accept there will be challenges along the way. What Driveclub offers has not been previously achieved in this category, and, because of this, the team needed more time to give you the game you’re waiting for.

In addition to the new date, we are also very pleased to announce that as of February 2014, Paul Rustchynsky--better known as Rushy--has been at the helm of Driveclub as Game Director. We appreciate the announcement has come a little late, however we wanted to inform his appointment along with the new date announcement.

His experience when it comes to delivering racing games is impeccable. Previously Game Director on critically acclaimed MotorStorm RC, he has been an integral contributor to all major titles coming out of Evolution Studios since 2004. With Rushy in the lead, we know Driveclub will deliver on its initial promise to be a truly next gen racing title for our PS4 portfolio.

We are really proud of the incredible work the team has produced--their tenacity and passionate pursuit of excellence is admirable, and Driveclub will be all the better for it.

Your anticipation for the title since my last update has been a huge source of motivation for the team at Evolution Studios, and I know they are all extremely grateful for your continued support. Look out for plenty more news on Driveclub in the coming weeks, including a blog update direct from Rushy tomorrow, and don’t forget, the date is in the trailer. I hope you enjoy watching it."

As readers have pointed out, October 7 is becoming a very busy day for new releases. Other major games out that day include Dragon Age: Inquisition, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, and Alien: Isolation.

The original story is below.

Evolution Studios' upcoming "socially connected" racing game, Driveclub, is having a hard time finding the finish line. Studio owner Sony today announced that the PlayStation 4 racing game has been delayed for a second time and will now arrive on October 7.

A PlayStation Plus version of Driveclub will also be available on that date, though we're still waiting for more details about this alternate version.

Driveclub was originally targeted to be released as a PS4 launch title back in November 2013, but Sony delayed the game the first time in October of that year to a release in "early 2014."

On top of the delays for Driveclub, the game lost its director Col Rodgers and the studio cut a number of jobs earlier this year. Driveclub has reportedly "back to the drawing board." Sony did in fact conduct virtual reality tests for Driveclub, but that's not why it was delayed.

Please use a html5 video capable browser to watch videos.
This video has an invalid file format.
00:00:00
Sorry, but you can't access this content!
Please enter your date of birth to view this video

By clicking 'enter', you agree to GameSpot's
Terms of Use and Privacy Policy

Got a news tip or want to contact us directly? Email news@gamespot.com

Join the conversation
There are 392 comments about this story
392 Comments  RefreshSorted By 
GameSpot has a zero tolerance policy when it comes to toxic conduct in comments. Any abusive, racist, sexist, threatening, bullying, vulgar, and otherwise objectionable behavior will result in moderation and/or account termination. Please keep your discussion civil.

Avatar image for bchenry
bchenry

Then they release it with no online functionality almost a year after it was supposed to be release as a launch title! Then the physics beyond 100 MPH go out the window and you are now racing a boat which can't turn and AI from hell and there is no way to change them. I purchased it gave it a week and called Sony who would not refund so I traded it in for $33 which sucks! Sony you put your name on a POS and you won't stand by it which is load of crap. You won't get me again.

Avatar image for scottpsfan14
scottpsfan14

Just give me Gran Turismo 7 please.

Avatar image for FoxbatAlpha
FoxbatAlpha

**** this game.

Avatar image for AyatollaofRnR
AyatollaofRnR

So it looks nice enough, but I'm a little skeptical of the claims that they are doing something that hasn't been done before. Socially connected racing games have been done before (TDU, Burnout Paradise and Forza 4 come to mind).

Avatar image for wallacom
wallacom

<< LINK REMOVED >> NFS World, The Crew (upcoming and multi-platform).

Avatar image for Aaronp2k
Aaronp2k

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> nfs social features suck though. nfs rivals felt dead like I might as well have been playing a 100 percent single player nfs. the crew boasts socially connected but how good the social experience is remains to be seen. with driveclub being exclusive to sony I can see the social experience being a lot greater than any racing game we have seen so far.

Avatar image for john1217727
john1217727

Apparently, Eddie didn't view the video before updating the article - the release date is Oct. 8th not Oct. 7th. Headline should have been as it was on most other sites," Drive Club Release Date Revealed," not the clickbating console war mongering "Drive Club Delayed Again." Anybody who thinks that Gamespot prefers one platform over another is deluded - no, this site's headlines are purposely provocative to fanboys of all platforms because it's whoring itself out for advertising dollars.

Avatar image for augustine777
augustine777

It looks like Sony is focused on giving us innovative games while keeping the quality extremely high. That is what I expect of games running on my PlayStation 4 console. Good job Sony!

Avatar image for Aaronp2k
Aaronp2k

@augustine777 exactly. ms fanboys can keep chatting crap all they want about how ps4 has no games but so far I have yet to see any game which justifies the price and reason to buy the xbox one. ps4 are playing the long game, instead of rushing titles out for launch they have held fire because they are truly trying their best to outdo everything xbox one offers this time round. I think come 3 years from now we are going to see a lot of moaning about the xbox one. I would take infamous for the ps4 alone over all the crap xbox one offers. The only good game on xbox one so far is forza, titanfall is just a overhyped noob fps which will have no foothold in the hardcore gaming market. driveclub and project cars are both going to shit all over forza. planetside 2 is going to shit all over titanfall (and already has took a huge shit on titanfall on the pc, actually got multiplayer game of the year in 2012). And lets not forget all the exclusive content for ps4, assasin's creed, watch dogs, destiny etc.

Avatar image for AyatollaofRnR
AyatollaofRnR

<< LINK REMOVED >> Sounds like a PR line from a press release.

Avatar image for bunchanumbers
bunchanumbers

Almost all Sony first party studios are a mess. It'll be a while before they get their stuff together, if they ever do. Kaz Hirai considered closing all first party studios before. He might just make the hardware and live off of 3rd party stuff.

Avatar image for g0ldenpr0pet
g0ldenpr0pet

Looking at the glass half-empty are we, Mr. Makuch? "Delayed-again"...LOL.


Anyway, the game looks fantastic. I am glad that they took the extra time to make sure that the game is top-notch. This will definitely be another day one purchase for me. Consider me hyped!
Avatar image for xantufrog
xantufrog

"sony lied, not free, blah blah" - games get delayed, what did they lie about? That it would be released with the console? I'm sure that was intended. Shit happens. And where does it say anything about the cost structure of the game having changed?

Moderator
Avatar image for g0ldenpr0pet
g0ldenpr0pet

<< LINK REMOVED >> Exactly....Sony didn't lie....it fell out of the original plans. That's why Col Rodgers is not longer around for Driveclub....

Avatar image for deactivated-5887c3545bd6c

@lonesamurai1 yup, because real life racing clubs arent socially connected.... you couldnt smell the bullshit before you typed it?? gee i dont know, maybe play the game first, or are you the type who doesnt even own a ps4 your just here to say shit sucks even though you have no clue

Avatar image for bubba_1988
bubba_1988

<< LINK REMOVED >> He's a rabid PC elitist, everyone of his comments consists of trashing home consoles or praising his PC.

Avatar image for Aaronp2k
Aaronp2k

@bubba_1988 @haze0986 yeah, he even has gordon freeman as his display pic. any gamer worth his salt would know half life is extremely over-rated. halo made half life look like a joke. compare the vehicles of halo to half life 2's vehicles. compare the gunplay of halo to half life 2's gunplay, compare the graphics of halo to half life 2's graphics. am I painting the picture clear enough here or should I say more?

Avatar image for Cryptic_Shadow
Cryptic_Shadow

@haze0986 it's the internet. where everyone's stupidity comes to light.

Avatar image for deactivated-5887c3545bd6c

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> i have my days aswell so i cant refute

Avatar image for rusher25
rusher25

As long as PS+ members get a free, FULL version of the game then I can't complain.

Avatar image for g0ldenpr0pet
g0ldenpr0pet

@rusher25 You must have been misinformed a long time ago. It is known that there will be a PSN+ and Retail version....obviously one free and the other one will not be free. Use logic to take it from here...:)

Avatar image for deactivated-5887c3545bd6c

<< LINK REMOVED >> its free, minus a few tracks which to me is more than worth it

Avatar image for deactivated-58270bc086e0d

At least Microsoft were honest with their DRM plans, Sony basically lied directly to your faces and told everyone this would be free to play at launch.

I'd be really pissed if I'd just bought a PS4 on the back of the hype. Hype targeting Microsoft who apparently broke you trust and yet Sony is defended when they lie directly to their customers.

Fanboys are such fucking hypocrites.

Avatar image for GrenadeLauncher
GrenadeLauncher

<< LINK REMOVED >> "Honest." That's why they snuck it out in a Friday afternoon press release, which is typically what you do when you have bad news to bury.


This will be free on PS+ to play at launch. The game's coming out in October 7th. Loser. :)


Xbots are the cancer of the industry.

Avatar image for g0ldenpr0pet
g0ldenpr0pet

<< LINK REMOVED >> You are so confused, no wonder you own an XBone. Shit happens, things fall out of plan.


"A delayed game is eventually good, but a rushed game is forever bad." - S. Miyamoto


It's not like Microsoft hiding all media and purposely delaying Titanfall 360 to force people to buy an XBone.

Avatar image for deactivated-5887c3545bd6c

<< LINK REMOVED >> lied about what? games get delayed, what was the lie????

Avatar image for nurnberg
nurnberg

I don't care about the "social connection". Stop wasting time with that crap and just develop a good racing game.

Avatar image for warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

Ha!

Every other gaming website: "DriveClub release date announced."

Gamespot: "DriveClub delayed again."

Troll baaaaaaait.

Avatar image for mr_nee
mr_nee

<< LINK REMOVED >> because, GS knows Sony - unless game went gold, Sony's anounced release date doesn't mean shit

Avatar image for console_war_vet
console_war_vet

Wow, the fanboys below are going nuts! I think I'll grab some popcorn and lurk for a while. Should be fun!

Avatar image for Sevenizz
Sevenizz

Delays made Duke Nukem Forever a great game!

Err...wait...

Avatar image for GrenadeLauncher
GrenadeLauncher

<< LINK REMOVED >> Last I checked DNF was delayed by ten years.


When we getting Halo 5 footage? It's been nearly a year. Must be in development hell.

Avatar image for Aaronp2k
Aaronp2k

@GrenadeLauncher @Sevenizz i think ms game studios just can't capture the bungie magic from the previous halo entries. bungie's games seem to have their own trademark charm which makes the game outshine its competitors. I could play a bungie game and know it was a bungie game without even being told it was. ms have certainly got their hands full with halo 5, if halo 5 turns out to be a mess then they are in big trouble.

Avatar image for deactivated-5887c3545bd6c

<< LINK REMOVED >> duke nukem died on n64, beats me why they would try and revive it anyway

Avatar image for M3o5nster
M3o5nster

They should of just brought back Jet Moto as a launch game...


Still looking forward to Drive Club tho

Avatar image for deactivated-5887c3545bd6c

<< LINK REMOVED >> jet moto !!! i forgot all about that game

Avatar image for Sevenizz
Sevenizz

Never played it, but when I worked for a Sony 3rd party distributor - they sold a lot of these games. Beats me why they haven't rebooted the franchise - seems like a no brainer and a cash cow.

Avatar image for Stevo_the_gamer
Stevo_the_gamer

Is this the fourth delay?

Moderator Online
Avatar image for draign
Draign

<< LINK REMOVED >> Stopped counting after the first.

Avatar image for GrenadeLauncher
GrenadeLauncher

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >>Just as well, it was the only delay it got.

Avatar image for GrenadeLauncher
GrenadeLauncher

<< LINK REMOVED >> Nah, unlike you I don't have to do reputation management. And you're doing it for free. Sad little Xbot. :)

Avatar image for rasterror
rasterror

I hope Sony isn't paying you because your damage control PR work is worse than Don Mattricks.

Avatar image for rasterror
rasterror

Nah, I don't think you can be any worse. You can only go up thank goodness.

Avatar image for Sevenizz
Sevenizz

Woot, let's play Titanfall together!

Avatar image for GrenadeLauncher
GrenadeLauncher

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >>Even worse, I might become an Xbot. :(

Avatar image for origkillmachine
origkillmachine

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Shouldn't make a habit of lying to yourself. It's not healthy. You might get the aids.