After visiting Eurogamer back in September, we came away more interested in Drive Club more than any other PS4 racing car game, and for good reason, as the graphics, details on cars and overall playability were pretty impressive. It’s for this reason why we are upset about its delay, although we shouldn’t be suprised considering the huge amount of work going into the game.
Rivals such as Need For Speed developers have also said in an interview they are not shocked to see the Drive Club PS4 release date pushed back to 2014 either. They realize the importance of having more racers at launch and so delaying its release was inevitable.
It is a real shame that Drive Club was not available as a day one title for the PS4 because this means Need For Speed: Rivals has taken advantage of this by bringing the release forward to today, November 15, 2013.
You know the importance of a PS4 game when Sony’s Shuhei Yoshida discusses the reason behind the setback. It is clear to see the PlayStation 4 will be affected by this delay, but Yoshida has said in an interview that it is because of the huge undertaking of its social features that the Drive Club PS4 release date won’t be until next year now.
Yoshida also acknowledged that that the developer would have been able to hit its release target, but this would have meant Drive Club would not have had all its social features from the get go, and that it would have not been as polished as they would have wanted.
Sony made the decision to delay the release of Drive Club to make certain all the pieces were in place, and so would make for a much better game — something that is so important for a racing car game on the PS4.
The delay means that Sony has had to make a few adjustments to its PS4 bundles because one was going to include Drive Club at launch.
Whatever way you look at it, not having Drive Club on day one for the PS4 is a huge blow and could put a few gamers off, as this was the one game they were looking forward to, just as we were.