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DriveClub to be “one of the biggest titles for Sony from a DLC perspective”

Wednesday, 8th May 2013 13:37 GMT By Alex Donaldson

A slew of new details on Sony and Evolution Studio’s upcoming PlayStation 4 racer DriveClub are out, revealing that the game has an extensive DLC plan already.

The information comes as part of a preview in Game Informer’s PS4-dominated June issue, summarized by GamingEverything.

The preview reveals that the developers plan to add a significant number of new cars to the game, with Game Informer commenting that the title is “one of the biggest titles for Sony from a DLC perspective.”

Other details about the game are mentioned in the preview, including that the single player mode can be played fully offline, though racing in user-created race challenges will be encouraged. Player-made events can be based on a number of different parameters including car type, track, time of day, weather and so on, and apps outside the game can also be used to create challenges.

Evolution will be publishing its own season of league racing for players to tackle through online events and challenges.

The game isn’t a simulation-based racer, and so won’t occupy the same space as Gran Turismo – it’s more arcade-style and friendly, and things like car damage won’t have an impact on handling.

Release details are currently under wraps, but it’s likely we’ll find out alongside Sony’s other announcements at E3.

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32 Comments

  1. The_Red

    Well then. It was nice knowing you DriveClub. Seriously, 99 perfect of DLC is nothing but crap that should have either been part of the main game (Capcom’s fighters like MvC3, BioWare’s Mass Effec 2-3) or simple and pointless filler (Most level packs).

    Then there are ending DLCs (Asura’s Wrath & POP 2008) where they cut the ending from main story and charge extra for it. This being a driving game, they’ll probably cut 90 percent of tracks and cars from the original DriveClub package before selling them as DLC.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. SlayerGT

    @1 Sony didn’t publish any of those games you listed, at least wait and see if they do DLC right??

    #2 2 years ago
  3. monkeygourmet

    Sony:

    “We never considered the PS4 to be ‘always on’”…

    Sony’s flagship title:

    “one of the biggest titles for Sony from a DLC perspective”

    lolololol :)

    Keep that PR machine rolling Sony, some people still enjoy a nice bullshit sandwich!

    #3 2 years ago
  4. The_Red

    @2
    They did publish GT5 and it took a million patches, DLC packages(Though admittedly some free stuff) and updating to turn the originally disappointing mess into something worthy of the name Gran Turismo.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. DrDamn

    @3
    And … “Other details about the game are mentioned in the preview, including that the single player mode can be played fully offline”. You are woe and I claim my £5. :)

    #5 2 years ago
  6. ps3fanboy

    “one of the biggest titles from a DLC perspective”… i knew that when i did see the trailers… so i was not interested at all in this game.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Dragon246

    As DrDamn said, we have our Woe U.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. monkeygourmet

    @5

    lol

    No alt accounts for me! ;)

    Im just trying to draw comparisons, thats all. Todays world IS ‘always on’ to some degree.

    The PS3 had constant updates and patches to try and stay ahead oh hackers, Nintendo make whole new disc formats to try and stay ahead and MS obviously have their own methods.

    For Sony to scoff at it ‘never being a consideration’, is IMO complete bullshit. Online updates are the main way for companies to stay ahead of pirates now, how many times does a device ask you to update to try and stay one step ahead?

    Most titles next gen will be as good as dead without some online access.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. DrDamn

    When was the last big driving game which wasn’t big on DLC? Then also when was the last big driving game which didn’t ship with a huge amount of content on the disc? Did you also want to put in a request for the Moon on a stick as well?

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Dragon246

    @9,
    +1
    Lets wait for the game shall we? If the main content on disc deserves 60$, I don’t see anything wrong in extended support for games via dlc and so on.
    Forza Horizon does this, NFS does this, so its nothing out of the ordinary.
    Even Mario does this :D

    #10 2 years ago
  11. DrDamn

    @8
    There is a big difference between designed for online, or having online elements and *requiring* online though. What you are talking about is the former, what Yoshida is talking about here is the latter. Both new platforms will be greatly enhanced by being online. PS4 won’t require it – and I believe they never seriously considered it. 720 I don’t think will require it too. I would guess for them it was never a serious consideration either.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. monkeygourmet

    @9

    I would prefer to aire on the side on caution really.

    After playing Forza Horizon, Need for Speed etc… Im not really sure which direction new driving games are taking. GT6 will be an interesting one to watch, thats for sure.

    This games main selling point is joining an ONLINE driving club…

    It’s called ‘Drive Club’…

    The first thing they talked about was the scope of online intergration and how that is now possible with TEH POWER of PS4.

    The PS4 has a ‘share’ button, the PS4 is intergrated with Facebook, etc…

    Yeah… Im expecting this to be pretty shitty in ‘single player’…

    Do you think im being defeatist? ;)

    #12 2 years ago
  13. monkeygourmet

    @11

    Also, I think Sony are just using a lot of the downtime before MS’s announcement to capitolise on rumour and speculation.

    All power to them, but, I’ll believe it when I see the real deal though. PS3 has made me very cautious about Sony ‘over promising’.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. monkeygourmet

    Basically, I think this will be ‘Forza Horizon’ on PS4, and that game sucked all kinds of balls…

    Especially as it was one step closer to an IOS game, DLC wise…

    #14 2 years ago
  15. DrDamn

    @12
    Nah just horribly cynical :)

    What does it matter if a game on a system is designed around online? That’s not the system itself, it’s symptomatic of the type of games people want to play.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. SlayerGT

    @9&10 +1

    This gamer entitlement shit makes me sick.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. DrDamn

    I’ve quite enjoyed what I’ve played of Forza Horizon. As mentioned above it shipped with a lot of content too.

    Know what your saying about Sony over promising. They have done and said a lot of the right things so far. Delivering on some of those is going to be tough though. At least it appears they are being a bit more honest and transparent about things. The arrogance is definitely turned down a good few notches.

    They have also demonstrably delivered some things they failed to do before. A well designed system which devs like, real time played demonstrations. Just as a starting point they are well up on where they were with PS3.

    Where they will tale time is with services. A lot is aspirational (Gaikai for PS3 games) and others are likely to be rough on launch. Key will be a well designed and forward looking OS. That was terrible with PS3.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. monkeygourmet

    @17

    I think I play FAR many games lol! :)

    I get cynical because I see genres changing and fitting into models that big companies seem to like.

    Im not 100% sure if it’s just me being grumpy and self absorbed with my habits, or that gamers are becoming conditioned into believing thats what they want from a game/genre.

    From my perspective, it feels like all games and genres are merging into the same thing.

    Micro-transactions / DLC and online play are being touted by dev’s and companies as ‘what gamers want’, when I feel it’s more like they have become addicted to a brand (COD / FIFA etc…) and are now easily manipulated.

    Having a game that trys to offer the thrill of forming a drive club with your friends is admirable, but when it’s peppered with DLC, it only leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

    My friends and I started one on Forza 4, only to find If one person purchased a car and tuned it, while playing it would only look like a regular car on the other persons screen unless they too had purchased it.

    Not to mention having to keep up with patches to ensure cross-play is possible with people with different content.

    IMO opinion it’s all geared (excuse the vehicular pun) to make you crumble and buy new content rather than it seamlessly and organically adding to the base game.

    If that isn’t the case here, then Kudos (PGR reference!), to them, but I just can’t see it being the case.

    On one hand, you have a dev standing up on stage and saying:

    “This is the game we ALWAYS wanted to make, but couldn’t because of limitations and online infrastructure of the previous gen of consoles.”

    On the other hand you can bet your ass, Sony are pushing for this to be the new model to test the water for DLC and online community.

    Now, If GT6 or 7 on PS4 took the opposite approach, you would have 2 quite different and unique experiences on the console, I fear this will not be the case.

    Judging by NFS, Forza etc… Most driving games have heavy amounts of DLC and links to social networking sites…

    HEY!!! Dr.DAMN JUST BEAT YOUR SCORE ON XXX TRACK, TRY AND BEAT HIM NOW AND NOTIFY HIM VIA FACEBOOK!!!

    That kind of shit. It’s okay If you have other options, but to me a lot of games break the third wall by having too many pop-ups and notifications and I can only see it being worse next gen.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. theevilaires

    Wait Monkeygourment is Woe! that makes perfect sense now :D Talk about needing mods huh. Why don’t the Mods expose alt accounts like Woe/MonkeyGourment.

    Anyway back on topic if you didn’t see this coming then where in the hell have you been this entire generation. DLC will be everywhere next gen. I honestly won’t be surprise if EA puts out a game for $1 and makes you buy it piece by piece via micro transactions/DLC. You idiots need to wake up and smell the coffee. You asked for this kind of industry when you foolishly turned your backs on SONY and the PS3 for Microsoft and the 360.

    ….fucking horse armor…idiots! http://www.destructoid.com/elephant/ul/119815-horse.jpg

    #19 2 years ago
  20. CyberMarco

    @21 Yeah, because SONY wouldn’t have embraced this DLC tactics if it could have the possibility well in advance…

    #20 2 years ago
  21. monkeygourmet

    @20

    Wrong there my friend… EA will be putting out a game for $70 AND STILL charging you and extra $100 worth of DLC and micro-transactions…

    Deep double penetration.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_LittleBigPlanet_2_downloadable_content_packs

    nice place to go play dress up for your dolls! :)

    Also, Sony have only themselves to blame for fucking up so bad it gave other companies a chance. Now they are rushing around trying to make an Xbox themselves lol! :)

    Also, alt account talk is fun but I’ve said before im happily for the erasing of anyone who uses them. I know im safe, but I think the idea of it happening would make quite a few other people shit in their shoes!

    First thing I would like being looked at when they change the site.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. DrDamn

    @MG
    I like the autolog type stuff. It can stay the hell away from Facebook but I like asynchronous gameplay vs people on my friends list.

    Realistically DLC is the only way this sort of game can be made. The dev costs for the baseline expectations of people in terms of cars/tracks/modes etc is a lot, lot higher than it once was. We used to pay £40 for 6 tracks, 8 cars, a basic career, quick race and time trial, no online support at all.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. monkeygourmet

    @23

    There are definate success stories, I won’t argue with that.

    I just have a feeling a lot of dev’s can get their hands ‘forced’ to change idea’s to make them more favourable to a certain model a company may have in mind.

    Forza Horizon was CONSTANTLY barking at me to try new events/DLC/music stations/friend list races etc…

    I actually felt like the game was shouting at me. I could even fart without telling me to try farting with a different pair of trousers on or some other crazy cool shit it wanted me to do.

    Also, achievments are giving devs direct access to player information like:

    How many people finished the game?
    What weapons do they favour?
    Did they try multiplayer?
    Did they try and upload any videos/pictures etc?
    Did they play on easy difficulty level?

    These all become marketing tools rather than fun gameplay devices, it tells companies exactly what they can try to manipulate with DLC in upcoming sequels.

    Dead Space 3 had many elements of this. They assessed that people didn’t use enough of the weapons on offer in DS1 & DS2, made DS3 action orientated, then added Micro-transactions…

    Lovely job guys! :)

    #23 2 years ago
  24. SlayerGT

    @24 MG you don’t many PS3 exclusives do you?

    #24 2 years ago
  25. theevilaires

    You’re missing a word there Slayer…Own? Have? Buy? Like?

    #25 2 years ago
  26. SlayerGT

    @26 HA! Thanks Tea. But none of those :)

    I meant to say play. He doesn’t play many PS3 exclusives.

    The reason I ask is because the games Sony publishes are usually handled pretty well concerning Dlc. I cant think of an instance where I felt their Dlc practices were cheap or poorly implamented. Hence I’m excited to see what it is they mean by this Drive Club Dlc business. I imagine it’ll be similar to Motor Storm RC.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. Djoenz

    DLC is a total rip-off!
    Racing games are lame anyway. I will skip this.

    #27 2 years ago
  28. Dragon246

    @Slayer and TEA,
    You are hearing the wrong person about Sony, well read this-

    “monkeygourmet
    Member

    @LBoss

    Im being mildly hypocritical though :)

    I am a sucker for the gameplay and history Nintendo brings along with their focus on getting the controls nailed over how ‘shiny’ a game looks.

    Was dubious about Sony trying to take games in a ‘cool’ direction with the PS1 and focussing on graphics over gameplay with a lot of key titles.

    Also, using media devices to push consoles (bluray/dvd) pissed me off.

    I respect their focus on new IP’s, but for me, they never much more than 1 play or ‘throw away’ titles; Killzone, Uncharted etc…

    And mostly game on MS although hate the direction they currently seem to be heading.

    Loyality is great, but blind loyality is a weakness ;)

    So he is Ninty sucker, plays mostly on MS , and hates new Ips/dvd/blu player/ *insert Sony product here*
    Woe U it is :D

    Cant wait for the brigade to show up :P Unfortunately dont have time to listen to them since Sine Mora is waiting.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. Djoenz

    @29

    What a monkey. I actually played Uncharted several times. Cant wait for The Last Of Us.

    He should piss off and head to mainly PC.

    #29 2 years ago
  30. monkeygourmet

    @SlayerGT

    My PS3 and Vita are only used for exclusives.

    I feel certain people are trying to ‘steer’ my conversation in a different direction! :)

    I like quite a few Sony exclusives, but as Im lucky enough to own most of the major consoles, I don’t really view them with such high esteem as some Sony fanboys.

    I really like the Uncharted series for example, but can also see it’s limitations by the time UC3 came out.

    It’s the same with the Gears series and other exclusives on 360 though, it’s not purely that these games are on a Sony machine.

    I currently own:

    Motorstorm 2 & 3
    Heavy Rain
    Infamous 1, 2 & the Vampire edition
    Uncharted 2 & 3
    Ni No Kuni
    MGS 4
    Yakuza 4

    And most of the PSN exclusives; Journey etc…

    That stand out titles for me being:

    Journey
    Uncharted 2
    Ni No Kuni
    Motorstorm

    It’s all personal preference obviously, but it does annoy me when Fanboys bang on about exclusives when some are average at best.

    Also, this ‘always online’ shit has been completly blown out of proportion by Sony fans, it’s the same shit we saw when Bluray was hailed as being the best thing ever on PS3.

    Ultimatly, the PS4 needs to be ‘always on’ otherwise your not even getting half a console. You can argue schemantics, but, as I said at the start of the post:

    Games like these NEED a constant connection otherwise your missing the point of playing them if your trying to simulate a social Drive Club…

    Sony just jumping on the bad press MS was recieving just smacked as desperate as it’s pretty obvious ALL companies;

    Sony, MS & Nintendo would like more control over your living rooms and how we view content if possible. Control over content is the main priority rather than fun gameplay IMO.

    #30 2 years ago
  31. monkeygourmet

    @29

    You just called yourself a monkey… :/

    And yes, I am def looking into a gaming rig, waiting to see the new Nvidia graphics cards in a few months.

    #31 2 years ago
  32. Djoenz

    @31

    Seriously dude even if I counter with solid arguments you will just shrug them off. Its easy to defend PS3 and easy to bash xbox but you will just not hear it.

    You have all consoles well great indeed.

    PS4 has already been announced while nextbox hasnt. Yet you add additional rumours about the ps4 like its fact.

    I agree its uncertain if Gaikai will be free (most definitely not) or be part of a PS+/world subscription, but until it will be announced you cant assume Sony will take the same path as Microsoft.

    You bitch about people that bitch about the rumours of the nextbox yet you make up rumours yourself.

    If Sony makes us pay for online (basic feature) I will not buy PS4 its simple as that.

    Im weary about the PS4 cause we dont know everything yet, but you are speculating like a mad monkey.

    #32 2 years ago

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