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DRIVECLUB Update

Shuhei Yoshida's Avatar + Posted by Shuhei Yoshida on Oct 18, 2013 // President, SCE Worldwide Studios

Update: We know many of you were looking forward to playing the promised PS Plus Edition and we are truly sorry for the delay. Our first priority is to provide you with the best possible experience while playing DRIVECLUB. With the high volume of new players and additional server load the PS Plus Edition is anticipated to bring, we are currently not confident that we can guarantee the best online experience. Until we can ensure that everyone can enjoy the full social connected online experience, we will be postponing the release of the PS Plus Edition until further notice.

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.

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. If you’re not aware of Contrast, it will whisk you away to a surreal vaudevillian, film-noir inspired reality full of performance, intrigue, shadow-play and drama. Please check out the trailer below. I’m sure you’ll agree that it is unlike anything you will have played before.

We’re also offering members access to an exclusive “Open Weekend” trial of Killzone Shadow Fall multiplayer on December 28-29.

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, and Battlefield 4 to name but a few, as well as the incredible list of indie games coming to PS4. A broad portfolio of games will be available on PS4 before the end of the year, and with games such as inFAMOUS Second Son, The Order 1886, Destiny, Watch Dogs and now DRIVECLUB coming next year, the strength of the software line-up on PS4 is unprecedented.

DRIVECLUB is a really ambitious racing title and the game is looking stunning. 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.

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+ nolo451 on October 18th, 2013 at 2:52 pm said:

oh no, I’m cancelling my PS4 preorder solely because of this decision!

/s

Calm down, some of you are making it out to be like its doom and gloom.

If its not for you right now, just wait and buy it later.


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+ starspd11 on October 18th, 2013 at 2:56 pm said:

This was the only game that I was interested in, I pre-ordered Knack too but that’s not enough. Time to find another game I guess, but the selection is limited. There are games, but all of them don’t appeal to everyone so I could understand the frustration. Also, not everyone’s going to get a PlayStation 4 just to play indie games on it. Most people want AAA games that demonstrates the potential power of the PS4, not some 8-bit game that looks like it came from the NES.


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+ PatricioUSA on October 18th, 2013 at 4:07 pm said:

Preordered; Watch Dogs, DriveClub and Killzone.
This sucks hard.
Guess I will have to buy the piece of duty crap and NFS Rivals…..
Sigh


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+ finalgetsuga1 on October 18th, 2013 at 4:25 pm said:

Pleaseeeeeee make it open world. “Are you listening Evolution Studios!?” Pleaseee in my eyes it will be the best next gen racer so far if this is made open world pleaseee. . . many gamers including my self would be truly great-full


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+ Gamerzlimited on October 18th, 2013 at 4:48 pm said:

I’m not planning to get a PS4 at this time, but sad to hear this news. But if I was, I wouldn’t cancel my PS4 pre-order because of this. Cancelling it would only hurt Sony even more and there will be less 3rd party support on the new system. You guys don’t want that to happen, don’t you? But then again, I don’t buy consoles at launch because of how much I have to pay for one.

Let’s hope Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag and Gran Turismo 6 doesn’t get delayed as well. I plan to get those games. At least GT6 won’t be competing with Driveclub.


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+ Twelve-sa on October 18th, 2013 at 5:20 pm said:

this is extremely disappointing, the PS4 was already short on games to begin with, now with Watch Dogs and Drive Club gone i’m really wondering what is the use of the pre-order I made (no, bragging rights don’t mean anything). please give us more serious titles sony, indie is good but can only take you so far ..


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+ DeleyCuritiba on October 18th, 2013 at 5:26 pm said:

The price of the PS4 in Brazil is theft! What justifies the XBox One that is also imported to be cheaper than the PS4? Sony you are mercenaries!!


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+ Emadeowa on October 18th, 2013 at 5:42 pm said:

@157 Blame Brazil not sony

The discrepancy is due to import fees and taxes, which make up between 60 and 70 percent of the cost, according to a Sony Brazil representative..


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+ Seltox on October 18th, 2013 at 6:16 pm said:

I ain’t even mad. I was so close to preordering Contrast on PC last night. I’ll take it over Driveclub, especially knowing that I’ll be getting Driveclub later.

Cheers, Sony :D


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+ LUCIFERSGLEAM on October 18th, 2013 at 7:43 pm said:

No problem. Jumping headfirst to a brand new console is not a smart move anyways.


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+ ccanfield1 on October 18th, 2013 at 7:51 pm said:

Thank you for giving ‘Contrast’ to Plus members as a means of making up for Driveclub’s delay. Sad to hear the news but Contrast sounds like a very interesting game. I look forward to getting to play it when I pick up my PS4.


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+ JROD0823 on October 18th, 2013 at 8:02 pm said:

No biggie Shu, I know Driveclub will be awesome when it launches.

I have plenty of PS4 games reserved to pass the time until it’s ready. :)


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+ guitarded77 on October 18th, 2013 at 8:58 pm said:

Damn’t.


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+ kissfan76 on October 18th, 2013 at 11:20 pm said:

I was truly looking forward to this game. However I will have Ghost to play online and I will even try some of the free indie games.


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+ JLOPEZWV on October 19th, 2013 at 2:01 am said:

Who wants Contrast? I sure don’t. This might be ok for young teenage kids but I know Adults are the ones buying these PS4’s…………. PlayStation you couldn’t of picked a better game???????????????


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+ SpooNManX on October 19th, 2013 at 3:33 am said:

The biggest problem I’ve seen with candling these launch titles is with retailers canceling customer’s pre-orders on PS4 system bundles!

Luckily I choose to order only the system, but for those who wanted to show their support and buy more, thy are getting royally $&?!?$ out of a system now. This is really unfair IMO. At the very least Sony should make it up to retailers somehow so they won’t take any losses and in return just replace the bundle preorders with launch systems.

I genuinely feel bad for these people.


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+ SpooNManX on October 19th, 2013 at 3:38 am said:

I still think the PS4 could have done well with another 6 months of prep.
With PS3 titles like GTA V, Beyond: Two Souls, The Last of Us, GT6, Ratchet & Clank into the Nexus.

We could have more time to enjoy those and pick up the PS4 when t has a killer launch with games like inFamous: Second Son, Watch Dogs, Drive Club, and so on.


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+ derb on October 19th, 2013 at 3:58 am said:

Yes, both Watch Dogs & DriveClub will benefit from a delay..

I canceled both orders in the meantime.

For those excited about PS4 why not inform those people of plans to release your exclusive color choices for DS4 controllers? Maybe even Sony’s Branded charging dock for DS4? Both of these are absent from NA news.

As for PS+ I am thrilled to hear we get 2 great games for free at launch. I hope you guys don’t forget about PS3 & PSVita free games as well as your always awesome discounts for Plus members when PS4 streets.

Looking forward to Greatness. :)


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+ TimeSkipLuffyUS on October 19th, 2013 at 7:52 am said:

Why are even bothering releasing the PS4??? Maybe 3rd party games and indies will all what we get at launch… SONY, this is not how you show MS you strength. They will be laughing at you and I do that, too.. Just laughable ye sad, very sad XD


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+ NYPUNK88 on October 19th, 2013 at 9:35 am said:

:( I just hope they manage to get 60fps out of this game…it’s not a deal breaker but it would be very nice to have!


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+ BlueBl1zzard on October 19th, 2013 at 10:32 am said:

Oh wow, I didn’t see that coming. But thank you for letting us know Shuhei Yoshida.

I have mixed feelings about all of this. While it is disappointing that Driveclub (and now Watch Dogs as I’m learning) are both delayed until 2014, I’m all for taking extra time to improve a game. On top of that, I doubt I’ll be getting a PS4 at launch, but at least I won’t be missing out on two of my highly anticipated games (yet).


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+ XxCRAZYxRAGExX on October 19th, 2013 at 10:34 am said:

I never preordered the ps4 anyways and was going to try to get one at midnight release and was excited about this being free to me on my main plus psn account and then I hear this delay. All the other ps4 games don’t amuse me at all. So now. I will just wait till next near or a price drop on ps4 or bundles to come out and instead get myself a straight talk 64 gig iPhone 5 for 800 bucks instead. I’ll need the 400 bucks I already have aside for ps4 towards the iPhone 5 purchase next month. Thanks for making my decision for me Sony!


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+ Totao on October 19th, 2013 at 11:00 am said:

No!!!! I wanted a racing game!!! I guess need for speed will do then!!!


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+ Erlaxis on October 19th, 2013 at 11:01 am said:

Fine by me. This game looks interesting, but it’s not one of my priorities. I’ll have more than enough with KZ:SF, ACIV and probably BF4. And even if I run out of PS4 games, I can go back to finish my PS3 backlog.


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+ Trucidation on October 19th, 2013 at 4:45 pm said:

XBO ends up with the stronger line up now. All we get on the PS4 are some indie games.


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+ SpooNManX on October 19th, 2013 at 5:11 pm said:

“+ Trucidation on October 19th, 2013 at 4:45 pm said:
XBO ends up with the stronger line up now. All we get on the PS4 are some indie games.”

So now Knack and Killzone: Shadow Fall are considered Indie?!


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+ TriDawg on October 19th, 2013 at 5:36 pm said:

Well that sucks! A kick ass driving game is to be replaced by Canabalt on steroids. My PS4 pre-order will be cancelled tomorrow morning. I’ll still purchase, but I refuse to have a paperweight sitting on my shelf until kick ass games like Watch Dogs, DRIVECLUB, and Destiny release. And Watch Dogs & DRIVECLUB probably just lost my interest too, unless they release long before Destiny is set to release. Looks like I’ll be black & green for Christmas instead of Black & Blue. Strong out of the gate, but lost the race in the end.


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+ idn86i on October 19th, 2013 at 9:02 pm said:

Not a problem~! There are still tons of games available at launch for me to try. I still have the vita and ps3 to keep me occupied as well! Thanks for letting us know ahead =]


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+ idn86i on October 19th, 2013 at 9:21 pm said:

lol I’m having fun reading all these people reacting to the delays. Go ahead and cancel your preorder xD BTW Driveclub that’s free for +members is not the same as the retail version. For a good example, check out DOA5U Core Fighter. Basically you’re getting the core of the game, not the complete list of cars, tracks, and tune-ups etc. I’m glad these games are being pulled back for a good tune-up because I don’t like rushed games. So funny seeing all these crybabies throwing out their cancellation threats! hahah


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+ XxCRAZYxRAGExX on October 19th, 2013 at 9:42 pm said:

Blocked me huh? Lmao!


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+ XxCRAZYxRAGExX on October 19th, 2013 at 9:45 pm said:

Stop defending these guys with delaying of games. They have had plenty of time getting these games ready for launch. Maybe if they actually spent more time with getting games complete instead of e3 hype and promises of launch day release and preorders they would be ready and could do their job testing these games for once. Stop defending this delay after delay on games yearly. Its a fanboy excuse.


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+ XxCRAZYxRAGExX on October 19th, 2013 at 9:49 pm said:

Let me just tell my boss I’ll be done with my project next week on friday and then wait till thursday knowing i can’t get it done by friday but lead him own thinking I can while still getting payed for a project I can’t complete on time. Guess what happens to me when friday comes and the project isn’t done? I’m fired! This lazy trend to have years and years to make games and they tell us they will be ready on a certain date just to accept preorders and hype it to just delay last minute needs to stop. Its unprofessional big time.


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+ XxCRAZYxRAGExX on October 19th, 2013 at 9:54 pm said:

But why am I kidding myself over games these days. Look at the GTA5 mess. Hype and hype made billions and yet major issues with their online even today. They said they were ready before launch. 99% of games delayed ate still glitched after the delay and never really completed. Having internet has made these developers super LAZY. Remember when games on ps1 and PS2 were final and pretty much glitch free and complete not needing patches cause they couldn’t get patches. They had to be done and glitch free before released. Not in a internet age, they get their money and fix later. Its laziness!


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+ TJF588 on October 20th, 2013 at 3:28 pm said:

DRIVECLUB? Didn’t even care.
Contrast? Do interest!

I am rather satisfied by this turn of events.


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+ my360broke_again on October 20th, 2013 at 11:14 pm said:

So what PS+ will have ZERO, nothing, for ps4 at launch.
They are not just pushing a game back, they are pushing promised goods and services for PS+ members back as well.
PS+ is optional now and Sony makes worth it. So many amazing (and not so amazing) free games and discoutnts. But it is basicly required for PS4 and many of us were asking whats the point then? Is is still going to be speical. The answer was: Of course it is! To show you we are going to give you a FREE ps4 game at launch..

Which has now been pushed back 6 months or more. So what will our first PS4 PS+ perk be? Nothing at all?


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+ my360broke_again on October 20th, 2013 at 11:15 pm said:

NM.


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+ Welmosca on October 21st, 2013 at 11:35 am said:

@ 165 JLOPEZWV – And you still call yourself an adult after that comment?…please get real.

Ha can’t believe people dare to say something like this -> xbox has a better lineup of games…..LMAO OMG how can people go so far with their ignorance?…..take off the multiplat.(3rd party games) and xbox has nothing good.

Sorry for pollute the PSBlog with the word….xbox.I’m really sorry.


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+ alexyov1 on October 21st, 2013 at 8:27 pm said:

i appreciate the fact that you guys has the balls to delay launch title and not deliver a rushed game


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+ drenchedwolf on October 22nd, 2013 at 7:29 am said:

Interesting… It’s too bad since the ps4 is not being released with any split screen games.


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+ darkforcegod on October 27th, 2013 at 3:02 am said:

I was not very interested in Contrast until they said it was going to be free so I looked up info on it and I really like this game now. I must say that even if it wasnt free I would have bought it.


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+ TrueLiesLost on October 29th, 2013 at 7:35 pm said:

I had no interest in Drive Club whatsoever but Contrast the moment I saw the trailer I fell in love with it. I am perfectly fine with this delay.


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+ ieatwaxoffcards on November 6th, 2013 at 3:39 am said:

I did not even know about this game being an PlayStation Plus Edition game to play . Drive club looks sick i really don’t mind them taking time to make it really good just my thoughts .


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