DriveClub 2 may not happen at all due to the racing genre proving to be a ‘difficult market’ right now, according to Shuhei Yoshida, President of Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios (SCE WWS).
While not exactly ruling out the chances of seeing a sequel to Evolution Studios’ PlayStation 4-exclusive driving game, Yoshida-san didn’t exactly paint a very encouraging picture while discussing the franchise with Eurogamer recently.
“The driving genre’s a very difficult market right now,” said Yoshida-san, when quizzed on the future of the IP. “The team, we need to find a great angle for the racing to continue, to come up with a new racing game, if we’re to look at another racing title. Creative ideas come when things are tough, so that lightbulb moment, I’m looking forward to.”
DriveClub was originally scheduled to ship alongside the PS4 at launch in November 2013, but was delayed to early 2014 to allow for extended development time. Sadly, the racer was plagued by numerous issues even after this, as the game was pushed back further until fall 2014, with reports stating it had ‘gone back to the drawing board.’ The title eventually went gold and shipped in October last year, nearly a year after its initial launch window. Sony later divulged that ‘huge technical issues‘ were behind the game’s lengthy delay.
However, problems didn’t stop there. The PS Plus Edition of DriveClub failed to materialize at launch, at by the end of the month Sony had confirmed that the teaser had been officially delayed. While news of the PS Plus Edition’s launch continued to remain elusive, Sony assured fans it was committed to releasing the game and that it had not been canceled despite concerns among fans. To make matters even worse, the full version of DriveClub endured numerous server issues during its initial launch period. Finally, in June 2015, the PS Plus Edition of the Evolution Studios racer was made available to download.
Despite these issues, DriveClub would go on to become quite a successful title for Sony, selling over two million copies worldwide to date. The game is still being supported with new tracks and various other content as it approaches its one-year anniversary. Read our DriveClub review and see if the racer is worth picking up despite a controversial launch period.
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