Sony: Driveclub is going “back to the drawing board”

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Originally due for release in time for the launch of the PlayStation 4 in November last year (and available as part of a PlayStation Plus promotion), Sony and developer Evolution Studios made the difficult decision to delay the release of the realistic racer into 2014, but other than a few rumours surrounding a potential new launch window for the game, we’ve heard nothing more from the publisher and developer pair.

Why has Sony been so quiet on Driveclub since its announcement last year?


It sounds as though Evolution has been having second thoughts about the direction the studio has been taking the game and is currently in the process of rejigging its goals for what the team wants to achieve for such a high profile PS4 title, essentially “going back to the drawing board.”

Speaking to IGN, Sony Computer Entertainment’s Scott Rohde (and PlayStation Software Product Development Head for Sony Worldwide Studios) made it clear that the goal for Driveclub is to deliver “a great game” but there is a danger in releasing any title before it’s ready for primetime – here’s Rohde speaking on the progress of Driveclub:

“What I will say is that it all comes back to that fundamental principle, and that’s that we want to build great games. 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. And that’s what’s going on right now with that game.”

Do you think we’ll see more of Driveclub at E3 this year or will Sony want to keep it under wraps until Evolution is ready to re-unveil the game? Do you think a 2014 release is out of the question?

Catch up on Driveclub with our previous coverage and a hands-on preview from E3 2013 and extended preview impressions from gamescom 2013.

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