Sony President of Worldwide Studios, Shuhei Yoshida, posted today on the PlayStation Blog revealing that Driveclub has been delayed. Driveclub is Sony's social racing game originally due to launch with the PS4.
"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. DRIVECLUB will be a truly innovative, socially connected racing game, but the team requires more time in order to deliver on their vision — and I’m fully confident the game will surpass your expectations."
In addition to the sad news of a delay, Yoshida attempted to comfort PlayStation + members as Driveclub was originally going to be free at launch for subscribers.
"This decision also affects PlayStation Plus members‘ Instant Game Collection for launch. To be clear, DRIVECLUB PlayStation Plus Edition will still be part of the Instant Game Collection when it is released. For the PS4 launch, in addition to Resogun, I’m pleased to announce that Contrast, the highly anticipated game from Compulsion Games will also be available to PlayStation Plus members for free as part of Instant Game Collection. If you’re not aware of Contrast, it will whisk you away to a surreal vaudevillian, film-noir inspired reality full of performance, intrigue, shadow-play and drama. Please check out the trailer below. I’m sure you’ll agree that it is unlike anything you will have played before."
He concluded his blog letting readers know that from December 28th through the 29th, Killzone: Shadow Fall will have an "Open Weekend" in which the multiplayer portion of the game is a available free for the trial weekend.
How does this effect PS4's launch? Does this sway any users from pre-orders? Four more weeks!