Sony’s Gone ‘Back to the Drawing Board’ to Make Driveclub ‘Great’


"The energy surrounding the upcoming PlayStation 4-exclusive racing game Driveclub has largely gone from excitement to skepticism. Driveclub was one of the first PlayStation 4 games revealed, and comes from Sony-owned Evolution Studio, a developer that not only understands the racing genre (it made its name on the MotorStorm franchise), but a developer that undoubtedly had very early access to PlayStation 4.

Revealed as a launch title, Driveclub was unceremoniously delayed on the eve of PS4’s western release, creating questions as to what’s going on with it. We got a chance to speak to Sony’s Scott Rohde – one of the men in charge of Sony’s family of first party studios – about the status of its phantom racing game."


Update from Colin Moriarty "Questions about the Driveclub article seem to be missing a key sentence: "And that’s what’s going on right now with that game."

The process has been on ongoing since the delay not starting now.

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Crossbones1659d ago


ArchangelMike1659d ago

You know why don't you. VR integration. There's no other reason I can think of to delay the game game. Sony basically will try and get it to be a launch game for their VR headset, and want it to look the business when it launches.

Septic1659d ago

Or most likely it was quality concerns?

The build I played a few months back was uninspiring really. After that they started showing off tiny little snippets of the game looking VASTLY different to what I played.

They've probably gone back to the drawing board because after gauging player reactions to the 'new' footage, they want to flesh out the game more.

I won't be surprised if Driveclub returned to the more hardcore focus it showed off when it was first revealed. I'd welcome a more hardcore, cockpit-only experience.

xHeavYx1659d ago

Hopefully, some VR integration would be pretty cool.
I do appreciate that they take the time to improve the game, instead of launching an unfinished/downgraded game

GarrusVakarian1659d ago (Edited 1659d ago )

The title is misleading, i thought the game was being re-booted as of now, phew.

Take your time Evolution, a wait for a better product is better than having a crappy product sooner.

"“So, I think that at PlayStation, perhaps more than at other places, we’re willing to kinda eat that [cost],” Rohde continued, “and go back to the drawing board and make sure the game is great before we ship it"

I think we all know who he means by "other places". I agree 100%, there are games on "other platforms" that should have had longer dev time, but didn't just so they could release for launch. Not saying they are bad games, but they could have been better with a longer dev time.

I respect devs who are willing to take risks to ensure a better game for paying customers.

abstractel1659d ago (Edited 1659d ago )

@ArchangelMike I personally hope you are right. What I am concerned about is how dry this spring/summer looks like for next-gen games. After Infamous, we have Watch Dogs which I am skeptical of right now. I am looking forward to Child of Light. What else is there? I was hoping we'd get Dying Light, Driveclub, The Crew, Deep Down and Witcher 3 was at some point due late spring, so was Destiny. I want games to play on my new machine!

YellowTempes1659d ago

Hope they test the VR stuff out with Driveclub so that they can improve it considerably for GT7.

Locksus1659d ago

Yeah, just like Knack was great and not completely rushed to meet the launch of Playstation 4?

r2oB1659d ago

@ Locksus

What technical issues are Knack having that would indicate it was rushed to market?

Boody-Bandit1659d ago (Edited 1659d ago )


WTF are you going on about with Knack? I played it all the way through twice and it sure as hell felt complete to me. I don't recall one moment where I said to myself, "this could've been better with more development."

You wanna talk about rushing games to market (Forza 5, Killer Instinct and Ryse). Which I own them all so I speak from experience and not the back side of my trousers.

On topic:
Considering Evo's track record. I will be patient and hope for excellence. I just want to know ahead of the time 100% confirmed what wheel I will be rocking Drive Club with. Early reports say the Thrustmaster T500 RS but there are some conflicting reports about that.

TheGreatAndPowerful1659d ago

It hasn't been delayed again they're just talking about why it got pushed back in the first place.

AceBlazer131659d ago

I really hope Sony can re-ignite the hype for driveclub.

nukeitall1659d ago

So it was a sh!tty game that needs a lot of work. Those games, rarely end up being good let alone great.

Are they still working on 60fps?

mediate-this1659d ago

Oh snap archangel, you seem really confident in your statement, can i get a job with you working for sony cause you sound like you're in know how. Orrrrr maybe drive club was not ready and they truly dont want to release garbage cause they seen what delays did to watchdogs and dont want bad publicity.

Utalkin2me1659d ago (Edited 1659d ago )


Yeah the build i played a few months back was inspiring.

They've probably wanted to polish it more and maybe incorporate the VR headset.

Really? You played it and came to the conclusion it was that and needs alot of work. ROFLMAO, kids on there parents computers.

thereapersson1659d ago (Edited 1659d ago )

@ nukeitall

Still trolling Sony articles for fun and profit I see...

Radentangr1659d ago

DriveClub is on hold because Sony know they have time to improve it. The new IP from Santa Monica was cannibalised so this game could have more time. Sony know they need high quality first party AAA exclusives as they are not against MSFT or Nintendo, they are against the informed core gamer... Smaller audience, harder to please, schooled on the web...

Why do you think Nintendo went after the casuals? Why do you think MSFT have invested 1.4bn (disclosed, with EA, BT and Amazon getting a further 700mm for future announcements) in an attempt to own the living room? Educated consumers are a nightmare! So target the uneducated.

Outside_ofthe_Box1659d ago (Edited 1659d ago )


You have been trolling the game since it's inception.

Makes me wonder why you keep coming into Drive Club articles when you've made it clear you have no interest in it. Also what happened to resolution and frame rates don't matter lol? Double standards at it's finest right there.

parentoftheyear1659d ago

This is exactly why. I was twllig my little brother this the other day. I bet it will launch with vr headset. What better game than racing Sim.

sak5001658d ago


So bloody insecure that you have to drag in "other platform".. GO wait for your games and justify whatever delays happening for PS4 games as long as u can try to discredit MS platfor.

YOu ponies are so freaking insecure and worst fanboys of last 2 generations.

Back to titanfall.

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GribbleGrunger1659d ago (Edited 1659d ago )

OK, so I've been seeing this response on Gaf too and I'm confused. I knew this game was delayed and I knew why it was delayed, so why are people suddenly reacting like this? Weird.

@bleedsoe9mm: He's just explaining why it was delayed; something we've been discussing on Gaf for a very long time, which is why (on Gaf at least) the reaction is odd.

bleedsoe9mm1659d ago (Edited 1659d ago )

its a little confusing are they going back to the drawing board again or is he talking about the first delay

@GribbleGrunger ya thats what i thought , the story isn't very clear though makes it sound like it might be a new delay , thus the reaction

abstractel1659d ago

I think it sounds like the delay is much longer than what was initially announced. They said early 2014, it's no longer early 2014 after March. And when they asked is "it coming out in 2014?" he couldn't even confirm that. I mean hopefully he was just playing it really safe, but I think those comments are what people are worried about.

candoa1659d ago (Edited 1659d ago )

This is why the ps3 was my last sony console. Sony is known for making you wait for example, ps home, the last guardian, agent, god of war gran turismo the list goes forever, however they make good games that I cannot deny.

I wouldn't be surprise if this games comes in 2016, I know it sounds ridiculous, but I waited 3 years for killzone 2 delay after delay. I guess the ps4 has the perfect slogan "GREATNESS AWAITS". To the new playstation users just sit comfortable because there is going to be a lot of waiting going on.

AngelicIceDiamond1659d ago

So the game isn't releasing late spring nor in the summer despite some early speculations.

"When asked about when it’ll launch, Rohde said, “We’re not announcing any specifics on that yet.”

"When pressed on if it would still come out sometime in 2014, Rohde refused to say, though Sony PR stepped in to say that we’d get more details soon."

So there's officially no release date now. Man what went wrong? I hope they don't pull off GT5 with this.

Kavorklestein1659d ago

I can see them pulling GT5 with this, simply because people defended GT5 and it's delays, and they bought GT5 regardless, Sony and Sony owned devs just do whatever they want.
If Sony was the weaker console this gen, they probably wouldn't even care, or try to improve, OR they might just do what they did with the Cell processor, and blame it on lazy devs or being ported. MS is slightly less appealing with their weaker console this time around, but at least they can admit they have things to work on. Sony denied having any flaws last gen with the Cell, and blamed lazy devs. I dunno if MS really can improve XB1, but, since they at least admit they need/have a goal to improve their console, I'll stay optimistic.
The last Guardian is the only thing that will make me buy a PS4.

frostypants1659d ago (Edited 1659d ago )

Sounds like they want this to be an ongoing franchise...and to do that successfully, you need that first game to be awesome.

This is the opposite of, say, the Battlefield 4 debacle, where they took an existing franchise's success for granted and kicked out a glorified alpha at least 6 months before it was ready. I say at least because they still have obvious in-match client-server sync issues, and I'm starting to think they released it more like a full year too soon.

I love the concept of Driveclub, but a unique concept won't make it great. Let them take their time. Also, if it is a flagship titles for a new VR device, that would make a lot of people forget all about the delay...

jjonez181659d ago

Not even a 2014 release confirmation :(

showtimefolks1659d ago

i am willing to wait as long as the game will be excellent. Also title has been updated

Dannycr1659d ago

Is it weird that I actually appreciate the honesty of stating the they are not satisfied with the game and will take more time to find that "X" factor?

I prefer that than being deshonest about it, hype it and then get disappointed

Retroman1658d ago

let me be the first to say it. x-boys will try to compare FORZA 5 with DRIVECLUB as they did with Gran Turismo 5

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jonatan2211659d ago (Edited 1659d ago )

Well, I'm not happy that I won't get to play the game soon... BUT I am happy that when I play it, it will have been worked on extensively rather than rushed.


If this is any indication of how it's coming along, I'm SOOO STOKED

hulk_bash19871659d ago

I'm all for more polish, but that wait is gonna be killer. Here's hoping it doesn't pull a Watchdogs once its re-revealed. I joke.

jonatan2211659d ago

Lol, now that would suck.. and all those NOOOOOOs would be justified haha.

But seeing those gifs really make me feel this was the right choice!

Mrveryodd1659d ago

Sorry dude , I didn't mean to disagree . Bloody ipad

staticdash221659d ago (Edited 1659d ago )

It's not being rebooted. Back to the drawing board, just means quality control. The game won't be shipped until it's absolutely ready to come out.

jonatan2211659d ago

Yeah, I'm pretty sure people are going to mistake this as Sony scrapping the game and starting anew.

MysticStrummer1659d ago

Yeah "back to the drawing board" is probably a bad choice of words… I hope.

Beastforlifenoob1659d ago

Please... Please dont be another watchdogs

Iltapalanyymi1659d ago


What is going on? i was SO waiting for this game! It looked great! What was wrong with it?

Xsilver1659d ago (Edited 1659d ago )

Calm Down I don't think this means the game is Gonna come out in 2015 or something crazy like that i think this means that they went back to the Drawing Board after the delay,polishing the game making sure it's absolutely ready. Well that's what i Think.

zeuanimals1659d ago

I'm pretty sure they're not even talking about a further delay, just explaining why it wasn't at launch in the first place. People need to read the articles. Even people in the IGN comments section don't read the articles.

KwietStorm1659d ago

What's wrong with you people? I'm assuming you already knew the game was delayed from LAST NOVEMBER. So why these reactions now? All he's doing is explaining the reason it was delayed. It doesn't mean that from today, it was thrown out the window and started over from the ground up.

zeuanimals1659d ago

People don't read the articles. Or they read it and jump to conclusions without thinking about it.

Kayant1659d ago

VR rumour about Driveclub sounding more true IMO. Sad it wouldn't be coming soon from the sounds of it but this game is looking to be something really special. Should be well worth the wait.

frostypants1659d ago

Yep. The timing between the Driveclub delay and the VR rumors seems way too close to be coincidence. How much you wanna bet we see a VR headset demo at E3 with Driveclub as the showcase game?