Sony has confirmed the rumor earlier this week that DriveClub, the upcoming PS4 exclusive racing game from Evolution Studios, is indeed delayed to 2014.
In statement posted on PS Blog, the company confirmed the game won’t launch alongside the PS4 as originally planned. They also revealed that a new title will be added to the PS Plus Instant Game Collection to compensate for DriveClub’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,” Sony worldwide studios boss Shuhei Yoshida explained. “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.
“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.”
This marks the second game to be delayed this week, with Watch Dogs being delayed to 2014 as well. Information regarding Watch Dogs PS4 bundles were provided earlier in the week. If players pre-ordered a DrivClub bundle, they will be getting the same treatment.