In an interview with Sony’s Scott Rohde, IGN learned that Driveclub, the much-hyped simulation racer from Evolution Studio, was delayed to bring the game "back to the drawing board."
PlayStation isn’t above starting over to make sure a product isn’t prematurely released, said Rohde. "And sometimes," he continued, "[when] we think we’re on track to deliver what we think is going to be a great game . . . we realize that we’d be doing everyone a disservice if we shipped it before it was ready."
". . . we’re willing to kinda eat that [cost] and go back to the drawing board and make sure the game is great before we ship it. And that’s what’s going on right now with that game."
When IGN asked Rohde if Driveclub will make its expected 2014 date, a PR representative promised more details soon, but Rohde himself refused to comment either way.
This uncertainty conflicts with a recent tweet, swiftly deleted by Evolution Studio itself, that points to a September 4, 2014 release date.
It’s a little surprising to hear that Driveclub is being revisited on a "drawing board" level. It’s looked gorgeous in trailers and screenshots thus far, and took home our Tokyo Game Show 2013 awards for Best Racing Game and Best Multiplayer Game.