Driveclub game was announced during the PlayStation 4 press conference on 20 February 2013 and, after several delays was released in October 2014.
Driveclub game is a racing game in which players compete in racing events around the world in a variety of different fashions. Players can compete in clubs with other players earning a reputation as one of the best clubs and leveling up to unlock better items. Another game mode is tour essentially a campaign mode. Players can compete in standard races as well as time trials drifting events and championship tournaments which may take place in Norway Canada Scotland India Japan and Chile. Players may customize their car their club or their driver and may complete optional challenges during events. A weather system and day night cycle is also in place.
Driveclub game was released to a fairly mixed critical reception. Critics praised the visuals sound design and the controls but criticized the online playability the inconsistent AI and a lack of gameplay variety. As of July 2015 the game has reached 2 million copies sold becoming one of the best selling PlayStation 4 video games.
A VR version of Driveclub game was announced by Sony Interactive Entertainment and was released on 13 October 2016 as one of launch titles of PlayStation VR for Japan.
Driveclub game is a road racing game in which players compete in races around the world in several different game modes. A major focus of the game is the club aspect. Players may join a club or create their own and will compete against other clubs to ultimately see whose club is the best. Clubs consist of up to six players. Players complete challenges together representing their club and earn fame and XP. The player earns fame by driving well and completing challenges. Fame determines the players level as well as the club level. As the player levels up they automatically unlock items such as new vehicles accolades or colour schemes.Every team member action contributes to the club overall success.
The games tracks and environments are inspired by real places in diverse regions across the globe such as Norway and India.Driveclub features dynamic weather such as rain and snow and a day night cycle. Each rain drop has realistic behaviour.
There are three main game modes in Driveclub tour single event and multiplayer. Tour is a campaign mode where single player events set in various locations can be played using the allocated cars. A set of objectives are present and can be tackled during the events. In the single event game mode players choose what event they would like to play drift sprint race or time trial and have the freedom to select the location weather and other options.The multiplayer game mode revolves around competition and co operation with real life players. Players can complete challenges with social leaderboards play with clubs and play online races.There are a total of 50 cars available initially as well as over 60 more cars that can be downloaded from the PlayStation Store for free or with a charge. The cars are split into five categories based on their in game stats hot hatch sports performance super and hyper. Each car can be customized with paintjobs and stickers.
On 18 October 2013 Sony announced that Driveclub would be delayed until early 2014. In a statement posted on the PlayStation Blog the company states that SCE Worldwide Studios and the team at Evolution Studios have made the difficult decision to delay the release of Driveclub and Driveclub PlayStation Plus Edition until early 2014 Sony Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida explained. Driveclub will be a truly innovative socially connected racing game but the team requires more time in order to deliver on their vision and Im fully confident the game will surpass your expectations.
On 10 March 2014 PlayStation Software Product Development Head Scott Rohde mentioned in an interview with IGN that the title has met further delays with the following statement What I will say is that it all comes back to that fundamental principle and that that we want to build great games and we really donot want to release a game before it is ready. Rohde or any other Sony representative could not at the time give a more specific release date but hinted that it might take a while referring to that the game has gone back to the drawing board.
Although Evolution Studios did experiment with Sony Project Morpheus the final game does not support virtual reality.
On 30 April 2014 game director Paul Rustchynsky stated that the delay was caused by the game dynamic menu. This menu allows players to quickly navigate from menu to menu join clubs race and perform many other activities within the game.
In early September 2014 Evolution Studios announced a downloadable content DLC Season Pass. The pass introduces 11 new courses 23 new events, and a new car every month until June 2015 later extended to July 2015. The DLC is both paid and free.
Cars in the game contain an average of 260,000 polygons. Before release, Evolution Studios had confirmed that Driveclub runs at resolution of 1080p and would be capped at 30 frames per second.