With news of Driveclub’s delay now out in the open and confirmed, many gamers feel it’s pushed the PlayStation 4 back in the launch stakes. But it’s not quite the end of the world yet. Sure, the game promised to launch an exciting new racing IP alongside brand spankin’ new hardware, but there’s still plenty of upside to a console with much more to offer than a new racing franchise.
I know what you’re thinking, that “it’s only Killzone”. Well, Sony continues to throw support behind its number one shooter franchise, with a fourth console entry promising to take the series to all new heights.
And if this trailer doesn’t push you over the edge, nothing will: it looks amazing!
I saw Need for Speed: Rivals running on PS4, and it looks fantastic. Two new racing games at launch was probably too much, anyway, and at least now a very solid new NFS entry gets a bit more room to breath at the PS4 launch.
It might not be an exclusive but let me just say: NFS: Rivals has been perfected for the PS4. I’ve seen this game in action and it looks fantastic on the console.
It might be a filler before a new PS4 GT in a year or so, but we’re still be serviced with many hours of racing gameplay on the PS3. When you think about it, it’s really no wonder Driveclub was pushed back. It would have been competing with this, Forza and NFS, and while choice is a great thing for gamers, at least now we can enjoy the best aspects of a wonderful series like GT without having to rush through it to enjoy Driveclub.
You really can’t say that the PS4’s launch lineup is weak: it’s not great, but for a launch it has as wide a variety of games I think we’ve seen for a console’s launch.
Games like Blacklight: Retribution, Contrast and Minecraft all on offer, alongside what’s already been confirmed from third-party developers on the full retail front.
With Driveclub and its PS+ counterpart now delayed until early 2014, there’s something fresh to look forward to on PS4 in the early part of the year. While Xbox One will have Titanfall, PS4 gamers will get Driveclub and a fresh new Infamous, just as people move on from Forza 5, GT6 and NFS.
PlayStation Plus members' Instant Game Collection will no longer include Driveclub (obviously), but it’s still coming for free when it’s finally released. At launch, however, will be two very awesome-looking indie games: Contrast, which has won a stack of awards at gaming shows the world over, and Resogun, the “spiritual successor” to Super Stardust.
It’s disappointing that Driveclub won’t make the PS4’s launch, but it’s not the end of the world.
Has Driveclub’s delay changed your mind about getting the PS4 at launch, or are you still excited?