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DriveClub wasn’t delayed to implement VR support, says Yoshida

Thursday, 20th March 2014 13:54 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

DriveClub, the racer in development for PlayStation 4 at Evolution Studios, wasn’t delayed in order to implement virtual reality support, according to Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida.

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Speaking with Gamespot at GDC 2014, Youshida called such mutterings a rumor.

“There’s a rumor the reason of the push back of DriveClub was to make it Morpheus compatible,” he said. “That’s totally untrue.”

Yoshida said the studio did experiment with a cockpit view using Project Morpheus, but VR only worked at low driving speeds. When players drove faster, it became “kind of difficult and sickening.”

DriveClub was announced as a lunch title for PlayStation 4 during the console’s reveal in New York last year. The game was delayed into “early 2014″ so Evolution could “go back to the drawing board” with it.

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2 Comments

  1. gomersoul

    Of course it wasn’t. It would’ve just been added later on if it was the only thing holding it back. As what happened with a few games when move came out, or trophy support. I would like to know why it is taking so long. I’m worried that this title will be lost in the wilderness of racing games by the time it arrives. It’ll have to be something special to outsell the competition when it doesn’t have the luxury of being the only decent racer available. I really want a racer for my ps4 but swore off need for speed years ago

    #1 8 months ago
  2. MrSec84

    Good to see Yoshida answering this, I thought that may have been one of the things Evolution wanted to add into the game with the extra time they have.

    About the whole “going back to the drawing board” thing, so many people took that out of context, Evolution was clearly stating that was the reason why the game was delayed, not that it was taken back to the drawing board a few weeks ago.

    The fact some major improvements, with what looks like nigh on final gameplay has already been shown, should have been enough to convince people this game isn’t that far off.
    We’re only in the later half of March, Infamous has yet to come out, so it’s no wonder that Sony would wait to announce firm, new release details for Driveclub until after Infamous come out.

    It would be a poor marketing strategy to take focus off of a major release, by re-announcing a long sought after PS4 release.
    Driveclub, along with Infamous were the 2 major releases most people pre-ordered a PS4 for.

    I expect a release date for Driveclub to be set sometime not too long after tomorrow, once the dust has settled after the game’s out.

    #2 8 months ago

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