Celebrate, everybody! Driveclub isn't vaporware! Sony and Evolution Studios announced earlier today that the racing game that once was a PlayStation 4 launch title now has a new release date. Sure, it's almost a year after the initial launch date, but something is better than nothing. Pick up the realistic racer starting October 7, which we should not call the busiest week on the calendar.
Things began to look grim earlier this year after the game's director Col Rogers left the studio and it subsequently was hit by a round of layoffs. The result has been a rather substantial delay, but today's release date announcement also confirmed the promotion of new game director Paul Rustchynsky. October 7 is a long ways off from what most gamers were expecting for Driveclub, but again... anything is better than nothing.
However, due to the extent of the delay, SCEA president Shu Yoshida went out of his way to explain the situation to fans today:
"The problem with being ambitious is you have to be prepared to accept there will be challenges along the way. What DRIVECLUB offers has not been previously achieved in this category, and, because of this, the team needed more time to give you the game you’re waiting for."
"We are really proud of the incredible work the team has produced — their tenacity and passionate pursuit of excellence is admirable, and DRIVECLUB will be all the better for it."
Driveclub will be released exclusively on PlayStation 4 starting October 7. In the mean time, check out this release date announcement trailer showing just how far the game has come in recent months.