Evolution Studios has assured fans of the upcoming Driveclub racing game for the Playstation 4 that there will be more information forthcoming from the studio in the next few weeks. E3 2014 is literally just around the corner (less than a month and a half away) and there’s been a distinct lack of noise from Sony Worldwide Studios about their latest baby that isn’t Gran Turismo. Considering the pressure piled on by other games like GRID Autosport (Codemasters), Assetto Corsa (Kunos Simulazioni), Project Cars (Slightly Mad Studios), Next Car Game (Bugbear Entertainment) and The Crew (Ubisoft), Evolution has to make sure that Driveclub gets the basics done right from the word go.
In a message on their Facebook page to Driveclub fans, Evolution acknowledges that there’s been a lack of information forthcoming about the game and wants to assure fans that it will be launching sometime in 2014 and that it won’t be a hot mess of failure.
“We know you want news about Driveclub. We are going to bring you up to speed with a full Driveclub update soon, because we are immensely proud of how the game is developing and we’re confident you’ll see why when we show you more,” the studio said on their page. “We are also really grateful for your ongoing support and enthusiasm. Your comments, tweets and emails are a huge source of motivation for the team and you keep us fired up and working hard to achieve our ambitions for the game.”
“Expect an official release date, full game details and new videos in the weeks to come. We’ll be here to take questions and to chat to you too, so share a message with us and keep following for more updates. We’re looking forward to showing you more!”
I hope that they’ve been taking notes from the releases of Forza Motorsport 5, GRID 2 and even Need for Speed Rivals. All that they need to do to avoid bad publicity is to ensure that the game’s progress isn’t hamstrung by the need to annoy players with microtransactions and to hit the promised 60fps frame rate that Forza 5 delivered on. I’m confident that Evolution Studios can do both, but it remains to be seen if Sony wants to deliver on those two aspects as well.