It wouldn’t be a console announcement without at least one incredible racing game, and Evolution Studios (MotorStorm) rose to the occasion by revealing a realism-based racer called DriveClub, a game that aims to seamlessly connect you to friends and strangers online and truly capture “the heart and soul of car culture and the passion it creates.”
According to Evolution, the concept behind DriveClub has been floating around for almost ten years now and originally aimed to combine the best real world cars with the best-looking roads in the world, and wrap these components up in a focus on competitive team-based racing
That game, says Evolution, “was all about utter car passion. It was about connecting people who are as in love with car culture as we are, and creating a universe for these impassioned racers to all play together. We created web design concepts that showed how you could connect with people and access your club when you were away from the living room, and we created prototypes of the most immersive, detailed vehicle interiors and exteriors possible.”
These concepts proved unworkable at the time, however, due to technological constraints, but now with the PlayStation 4 and its focus on social, connected gaming, DriveClub can now become a reality.
In order to take full advantage of the power of the PS4, Evolution expanded the team’s vehicle handling and design staff, with the result being over 50 years of racing game development experience with team members having worked on titles including WRC, Formula 1, Gran Turismo, MotorStorm, WipEout, Project Gotham Racing, GRID 2 “and many more.”
Practice Makes Perfect
Using the team’s MotorStorm-themed PS Vita launch title to test their ideas on social networks and “asynchronous challenge-based racing” across multiple devices, Evolution Studios honed its approach to providing gamers with satisfying, addicting experiences online.
Evolution also worked with some of the best car manufacturers around the globe to re-create their motors in mind-boggling detail in the virtual world. “The result is staggering: it isn’t cockpit view; it is truly immersive first-person-racing,” says Evolution.
The team provided PlayStation Meeting 2013 audience members with a teaserly glimpse into the world of DriveClub with the debut trailer – don’t miss it below:
DriveClub – Debut Teaser Trailer
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