Is Driveclub Going the Way of Vaporware?

Driveclub is a game in flux. Once shown as one of the top PlayStation 4 exclusive games, Driveclub was going to be the game that was going to usher in the next generation of gaming when the PlayStation 4 launched.

That obviously didn't happen.

We all know that Driveclub got delayed once to Spring 2014 and then delayed again to an undetermined date. However, that date may be one that few are anticipating: Never.

It's a bold claim, but take a look at what has happened since the last delay.

Layoffs
On March 2014, Evolution Studios, the studio behind Driveclub, went through a round of layoffs. Layoffs are (sadly) common in the industry, but usually at the end of a project as large amounts of manpower are no longer needed after a game ships. Layoffs that occur when a game is still in development? That's a bad sign.

Sony issued the following statement regarding the layoffs:

"Regular reviews take place throughout SCE Worldwide Studios, ensuring that the resources that we have in such a competitive business can create and produce high quality, innovative, and commercially viable projects"

One question, though. Evolution Studios was struggling to finish Driveclub when the team was at full strength, how can it still do that with even less members?

The Director Departs
At the end of February 2014, Col Rodgers, the game director behind Driveclub, left the studio to focus on independent games. Officially, Rodgers has stated on NeoGAF that his departure wasn't due to any issues with Driveclub and the game is still on track.

Driveclub Vaporware

While Rodgers stated he left for personal reasons (and those reasons are outlined in the link above and we wish his family all the best) let's be real: When the game director of your in-progress project leaves, it will affect development. How much of an extent has yet to be determined.

Sony Remains Quiet About Driveclub
Throughout all of this, Sony has remained uncharacteristically quiet about the status of Driveclub, other than to say it's been delayed and more information will come at a future time.

We know the project has gone "back to the drawing board," but what exactly does that mean? How much of the game is being reworked? Sony won't say and they aren't letting press get close to it. This is never a great sign. Look at Duke Nukem Forever for proof of that.

At the end of the day, oft delayed games can either end up being excellent or end up being awful. Unfortunately, most frequently delayed games go the route of Duke Nukem Forever and end up being awful and hastily cobbled together to make some sort of a profit.

We here at PS4 Experts want Driveclub to come out, and we want it to be great as the PlayStation 4 needs all the exclusive games it can get. Let's just hope that these issues end up being speed bumps and not full fledged stop signs.

Article by - Joshua Phillips
Insert Date: 4/7/2014

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Comments

Gran Turismo better get it in gear...

If I were at the helm of Polyphony, I'd put GT for PS4 development in high gear and get PS4 at least ONE decent driving game, since Need For Speed: Rivals basically sucks ass. Besides, not only would it give PS4 auto/racing enthusiasts a decent game, it would give PS4 the "exclusive" game they were hoping for with Drive Club. Get on it, GT7!!!

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