Earlier this week, gamers were crushed to hear that Ubisoft's eagerly anticipated Watch Dogs won't be released until the spring. And now, just weeks before its console hits shelves, Sony is losing one of its exclusive launch titles. DriveClub, the next-gen racing title being developed in-house by Sony's Evolution Studios, has officially been pushed back into 2014. The game was originally slated to hit retail alongside the PlayStation 4 on November 15th. In fact, Sony earlier promised that DriveClub would be the inaugural free PS4 game given to PlayStation Plus subscribers as part of its Instant Game Collection program. But now those plans are obviously dashed.
Instead, early PS4 buyers will receive a free digital copy of Contrast from Compulsion Games along with Resogun. Sony says that DriveClub will eventually be made available for free on PS+ — as originally intended — but claims some extra development time is needed for the game to meet its potential. "We understand that the delay is disappointing news, but can assure you that the reason we have made this decision is to ensure that when DriveClub launches, it will realize the next-gen racing vision," writes Sony's Shuhei Yoshida. "And PlayStation 4 gamers will have no shortage of titles to play this year." That latter point isn't entirely inaccurate: games like Battlefield 4 and Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag remain on track for launch. And barring other unexpected delays, two other Sony exclusives (Killzone Shadow Fall and Knack) should also arrive on schedule. As for DriveClub, Yoshida insists "it will be worth the wait."