Sony confirms DriveClub delay

DriveClub

Yesterday it was mere rumour, but today it is fact; Sony has confirmed that PS4 racer DriveClub, once set to be a launch title, has now been delayed to 2014.

In a blog post on the PlayStation Blog, Sony Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida confirmed the game’s delay.

“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. 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.”

So no, no DriveClub at launch. And yes, it also means that the game’s pared-down version won’t be available for PlayStation Plus subscribers. So what’ll be filling that void?

That delightful game of shadows and light, Contrast. It looks pretty damned cool, but it’s not DriveClub. And I fear that this is something we’ll be seeing more of from PS+ on the Ps4. I don’t think we’ll be getting quite as many great AAA games as we currently get on the service, and we can expect a lot more smaller, downloadable titles.

With PS+ becoming mandatory for multiplayer, neither Sony or game developers can afford to give too much away for free.

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Author:Geoffrey Tim

I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • Martin du preez

    Meh racing games.

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    lol @ license plate.

    • Skyblue

      FUUUUUUUUUUUUCCCCCCCCKKKKKKKK!!!!!!!!!! Just watched The Shield season 5 finale… WHY LEM DAMMIT!?!?!?! WHHHHYYYYYYYYYY??????!!!!!!

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        lol

  • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    Hey better delay it and give me an awesome version than rushing it to the retail and in turn delivering a pile of steaming shit – cough Ryse.. cough Ryse…

    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      Same reason, I’m glad Watch Dogs and The Crew are delayed. It means I can dig into my backlog and those delayed titles can benefit from some extra tweaking.

      • Pieter Kruger

        No no no, just saying you’re glad games are delayed clearly shows you’re lying to yourself! Do you also wish the PS4 was delayed till 2015 because it would’ve been better then??

        • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

          Since I have an enormous backlog (so many steam games to play, so many DS and vita games to play and so many PS3 games… sigh!), I would have preferred to only get a next gen console in 2015 – be it a steam box, a PS4 or a dirty dogBone.

    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      Downvotes agree that Ryse is going to be extremely shit. Come on lads, the writing is on the wall for that title. Even Neogaf is laughing. And when Neogaf laughs at your game, you know it’s reached a certain sewage threshold.

      • John’s digital rights

        Upvote!

      • Hammersteyn

        All hail the wise banana

    • John’s digital rights

      Oh, you mean like most EA titles?

      • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

        EA is on a roll. I think they’re desperate to get a third golden poo. Judging by how lukewarm Battlefield 4′s beta was, and how DiCE tripped over themselves for nextgen console parity , I think they might actually be steamrolling to another award.

        I was pretty pumped to get BF4 for PS4 in Jan, but I reckon I’m going to just skip it all together. There was just too much COD DNA in that close-quarters mode.

        I really don’t see why they have to follow COD down failville avenue. They already have a winning formula, why run after a fail carrot? I mean if I want to run and gun, I’ll dust off COD Blops 1 and torture myself with P2p lagging gaming.

        • John’s digital rights

          EA has a way of diminishing great games to things you try to forget at night while your warden brushes your hair.

          • Skyblue

            Dead Space 3… Those bastards fucked up Dead Space…

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            Sigh! I heard Dead Space 3 was disappointing. I skipped it, because I had a feeling it was going to suck on the teat of EA’s rotten nipple.

          • John’s digital rights

            I’m playing it co-op, so it does have some appeal.

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            Yeah, but doesn’t the co-op take away the scariness? I mean that was the appeal of the first two. Maybe it’s a good co-op shooter, but can you still call it a Dead Space game?

          • John’s digital rights

            It does. You’re right. The gun creation is awesome in the game though. But Dead Space 2 already went down a bit for me from the first.

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            I’ve heard the two evil brothers talk about this gun creation… I am intrigued.

          • John’s digital rights

            It’s fun co-op, but you’re right. Not as a Dead Space.

    • Skyblue

      I dunno man, it didn’t look too bad in motion. Would like to try the SP and see how the story matches up as that is usually Crytek’s weakspot.

      • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

        A decent story and Crytek….? The two are mutually exclusive I’m afraid. I’ll gladly eat my hat if Crytek can deliver on a decent story, but they’re into creating functional tech demos rather than actual games.

        • SaintsRowNigri

          Yes. Thank you. FarCry 3 was all “Ooh… Look… Pretty…” But by Jove was it ever the repetitive thing…

          • Spathi

            FC3 wasn’t a Crytek game?

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            Yeah, but he has a point though, Far Cry 3 lost its mojo about half way in. I liked Vaas and I liked the freedom of the game, but it’s story was pretty weak.

            Now Chrysis 1, 2, 3… lol what story?

          • NecroRince
          • TiMsTeR1033

            Crysis 1 and 2s stories were kak! I just liked them for the gameplay..

          • John’s digital rights

            Your story is kak. Hehe

            I loved Crysis 1. Everything after that was shite.

          • SaintsRowNigri

            You are right. Crysis, FarCry, DontCryForMeArgentina. They all bleed together after a while… :P

          • TiMsTeR1033

            Farcry 2 was repetitive! I loved Farcry 3!

          • SaintsRowNigri

            Really? I got bored after having to clear the fourth tower… At least FarCry 2 had some Afrikaans. “Help my dan kry ons gou die bliksem!”

          • TiMsTeR1033

            You seem to get bored of games quickly… You don’t really like open world games much do you..

          • SaintsRowNigri

            I got one word for you, BITCH! Skyrim! Yes. I do get bored of games quickly. It takes more than just pretty peectures to keep me glued to a game…

          • NecroRince

            Agreed. FC2 was frigging boring, FC3 I loved. The problem with FC3 is that the first half was SO GOOD that the second, in a juxtaposition .

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            You shut your filthy whore mouth about FC2!

          • NecroRince

            HAHAHA

        • John’s digital rights

          For, me (bring the downvotes) Crysis was well and properly screwed up.

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            You’re only getting an upvote from me!

        • Skyblue

          Does that make it wrong that I absolutely loved the original Far Cry, story and all…?
          Crysis was a bit weak but it was spectacular. Really enjoyed Crysis Warhead as well.

    • NecroRince

      I thought you were calling me :)

      • TiMsTeR1033

        *shakes head*

        • NecroRince

          I got that man… Sesh people! I expect more from all of you! Keep up!

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            Oh Susie… it’s ok to get a little confused :P

          • TiMsTeR1033

            i shook my head coz I understood what he meant…

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            I have dubbed Rincey.. Susie now that Darryn is Darryn, and we rarely see Victoria posting stuff. Where is VICKIE!!!!?

          • TiMsTeR1033

            Victoria is making coffee alot I heard..

          • NecroRince

            Rincey? 0-O

          • John’s digital rights

            Only when you’re not paying attention he does that…or maybe we all do it…….

          • NecroRince

            Apple!

          • John’s digital rights

            Apple? Like Apple Computers? Never thought you’d play dirty….

          • NecroRince

            You have no idea what I am capable of 0-O

          • John’s digital rights

            Susie? Now I’m confused…

          • NecroRince

            WHEN!?0-O

      • John’s digital rights

        No, they were talking about the Rinse and Repeat stuff a few comments down.

        • NecroRince

          Yeah, I got that! :)

  • SaintsRowNigri

    Driveclub sounds too much like 5pm traffic…

  • John’s digital rights

    I confirm DriveClub does not look appealing.

  • TiMsTeR1033

    Contrast looks good.

    • Skyblue

      It’s been a bad week all round for next gen consoles with all the delays being announced. The only contrast I see is that X1 will have a AAA racing title at launch. As Rince or Admiral would say “BOOM!” hehe

      • TiMsTeR1033

        Next gen can wait till next year xmas!

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      It does. I saw the trailers on Steam & am very impressed.

  • Craig Salter

    next up to be made carpool simulator

  • Pieter Kruger

    Yeah, Indiestation 4 in full swing! Seriously though, give the guys time, they promised they’d get it running at 30fps locked before launch……

    • Hammersteyn

      It’s still gonna be free for all PS+ subscribers when it releases. FREE.
      http://d24w6bsrhbeh9d.cloudfront.net/photo/aBK082N_460sa.gif

      • Pieter Kruger

        Sony’s got you brainwashed! Driveclub on PSN+ does not equal free, just like KI on Xbox Live Gold does not equal free! Project Spark on Xbox Live Silver, not that equals FREE! ????

        • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

          As a wise man on Neogaf once wrote “PSN + is a service. Xbox Live is a Paywall”.

          • Hammersteyn

            You must work for Neogaf too being so wise.

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            I do call it my second home, now that I have an account there.

          • John’s digital rights

            You know they link your soul to those accounts?

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            Yes, and when you get banned… you loose a little bit of your humanity.

          • John’s digital rights

            Being a banana and all you at least do not have to worry about that.

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            Yes, this is true. No one understands how hard it is to be a banana. Some days are just ripe for rejection, others fail to peel off the hardships of life. But, I have to hand it to you… kudos

          • John’s digital rights

            I feel your pain…
            It must be difficult to be the yellow tower of wisdom.

          • Pieter Kruger

            “A wise man on Neogaf” ….? The two are mutually exclusive I’m afraid! ???? Xbox Live offers you and all developers FREE dedicated servers on ALL multiplayer games. Now THATS a service!

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            Microsoft doesn’t know what free means.

          • Pieter Kruger

            You really not been paying attention OR, you’re just going…..

          • Hammersteyn

            That’s ironic, because Xbox is still a little wet behind the ears when it comes to free games.

          • Pieter Kruger

            FREE FREE FREE, Why is everybody suffering from this entitlement illusion all of a sudden? I’ll gladly pay for a good game any day and know the good AAA 1st Party stuff will keep coming for a long time than having to defend PS Indies left and right! LOL!

          • Hammersteyn

            Indies?

          • Pieter Kruger

            You have seen the PS4 launch line up yes?

          • Hammersteyn

            Ah Indies,

          • Skyblue

            HAHA! I like that.

      • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

        hahahah that guy is such a retard!

    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      Meanwhile on XBox Live… HALO 3! WOHOOOO!!! So exciting! Microsoft sure knows how to give out freaking ancient free shit :D

      • Pieter Kruger

        But it’s YOURS, to keep, for free! Not just rented! ????

        • Spathi

          Yeah because MS giving me a game worth R 40 is something I really needed.

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            Woohoo free Halo 3! Weeee! Hahahaah!

          • TiMsTeR1033

            Can Wipe my ass with Halo 3 and not feel bad!

          • Hammersteyn

            Pure Trevor

          • Pieter Kruger

            But it’s YOURS, to keep, for free! Not just rented! ????

  • Alukard Neck Nympho MD

    borrowed from another forum, but “cat watches PS4 launch line up shrinkage”

  • FoxOneZA

    This news comes in the same day that XBox Games with Gold becomes a permanent fixture on the 360.

    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      Hopefully next month we can get Saints Row 1 or Enchanted Arms.. or whatever crap they scrape out of the archives from 2007.

      • TiMsTeR1033

        Then how were they able to give away Fable3?

        • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

          You know it’s going to get real when they give out Blue Dragon for free….

          Major Nelson: “Xbox Live Gold bros!! It’s not a paywall bros.. like HONEST. You DO get free shit too… well now at least.. and sure it’s old… JUST SHUTUP!! YOU ALL GHEEEYYY!!!”

          • TiMsTeR1033

            Never played Blue dragon!

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            It’s not bad, just a little grindy in parts, and the story’s not as great as it could have been. It really could have been THE RPG on the XBox 360…

            Meh! Sad really.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            Read Ms Answer to FF…. Didn’t look to be the case..

      • Pieter Kruger

        But it’s YOURS, to keep, for free! Not just rented! ????

        • FoxOneZA

          Within the mountains of Redmond a WOOOHOOO is heard emitting from Steve Balmers office,

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            Sadly his office is vacant.

            Meanwhile a single hair stands up on Balmer’s head… “What’s that free shit? I must call Bill.. IT”S A TRAVESTY!!!”

          • FoxOneZA

            Balmer isn’t retiring to Silicone Valley until December :P

      • FoxOneZA

        Speaking of 2007, the PS4 launch lineup is looking more reminiscent of the original PS3 line-up as the days go by. Without any dedicated server support for every game, PSN+ is hiding from what it should stand for.

        • Spathi

          Rather a slow start with a excellent finish than the other way round.

          • Pieter Kruger

            Problem is, they desperately need a 1st party record breaker as they are losing a lot of money on the consoles(since the, you know, let’s undercut MS price strategy!)

          • FoxOneZA

            Yeah, their exclusive line-up looks unbelievably meh. Sony got caught up following MS’s every move and reacting to that instead of doing things the Sony way.

          • Spathi

            Sony’s first-party studios have 30 games in development for the PlayStation 4, 20 of which are due to release within a year of the console’s launch and 12 of which are new franchises.

            Xbots grasping at straws here…

          • Pieter Kruger

            What did they spend on these “30″ games? $250m? Sony’s financials clearly showed they spent more on advertising and the Vita than on proper game development, sure it worked in the beginning, but now they’re failing to back it up! Most Sony games will be Indies for sure! Try throwing $1bn just at games!!! That’s how you do it MS!

          • Spathi

            Don’t worry, the system sellers will come.

          • Pieter Kruger

            I’m sure they will, but when? You can’t be bleeding cash on hopes of maybe making it up somewhere down the line! Till they sort there launch line up shit they’re better off selling less consoles!

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            And yet, where the console division is profitable for Sony, the same cannot be said for MIcrosoft. While it’s true Microsoft is healthier financially (than Sony), their shareholders have been grumbling for years over the decline. Wasn’t it since the previous year that the xbox 360′s division officially fell into the red? Hilarious considering that they have the paywall in the form of xbox live.

            I sincerely doubt, they’ll remain in the race after the dogBone’s tenure – especially since there’s such a buzz on the tablet and mobile front.

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            Mmmm PS3 did end it off nicely. I think Sony execs took their ideas from tantric sex. You don’t just rush in yankee-style “wham bam thank you ma’am” (like the xbox 360 did), you go in slowly, building up momentum, taking your time, until finally HOURS later, you explode in ecstasy!

            Microsoft went in hard and fast (and for a moment looked like a BEAST), and ended up prematurely ejaculating on the floor.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            hahaha such a way with words! Made my day man!

  • PurpleDutcham

    The difference between Drive Club and Ryse is Drive Club looked like a turd outside of it’s showcased videos from the beginning. #Indiegheistation4.

    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      Deano/PieterKruger/Whatsisface your oversized panties are showing :P

      • Pieter Kruger

        Haha! I swear it’s not me bro! But I probably would’ve made the same assumption! ????

  • FoxOneZA

    8gb of GDDR5 RAM and you struggle to polish a game???

    • TiMsTeR1033

      Wont be that good anyway!

    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      Because if you have lots of memory, you need to throw an unoptimised game at the masses? No wonder so many PC gamers jumped ship in the late 90s to mid 00s to consoles. It was that very arrogance that left PC developers red faced when their games were buggy messes.

      I’d rather they optimise their games than rely on hardware mitigation.

      • FoxOneZA

        “I’d rather they optimise their games than rely on hardware mitigation” << So Xbox is better? #trolololol

        • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

          Looks at optimised PS3 exclusives and then at potential optimised PS4 exclusives, and then at Ryse and Dead Rising 3… HAHAHAHHAHAH! Oh Ryse is going to be so shit! #trololololol

    • Spathi

      Yeah, why didn’t they go the Forza 5 route and made a game with less features than their previous arcade racer.

  • Major FoxHoundR – what the fox

    SHUTUP XBOX IS BETTA

  • Machinima

    HEY GUYS, IT’S ME, MACHINIMA! Wow, are we going to have a great times making videos and….wait what? O damn, wrong forum, thought this was an Xbox One article seeing I’m exclusive to them! Sorry losers, check you all later!!

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      Bye bye vacuous attention whore!

    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      Deano… the other xbots are lounging in the emo bar. You should join them. They’re all so grim.

    • Pieter Kruger

      Haha! Clever!

    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      So, who over the age of 12 still watches Machinima? Man remember those awesome World of Warcraft videos, some even came with awesome stories? Some were even cool spoofs on movies. Nowadays it’s just shitty playthrough videos for twitch-brained millennials, who can’t play games without a fucking video guide.

  • CypherGate

    Now that is sad. I pre-ordered the PS4 and even though there isnt much games im looking forward to on the console. DriveClub was one of those i thought would keep me over until better games arrive. Depressing… so not sure if i should keep my pre-order. X1 only arriving next year as well so whats there to do but enjoy current gen until next year. Next Gen has just all been a big tease.

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