If you’re like me, and have been hanging out for a new game to test your virtual driving mettle in (as I’m sure we’ve all finished Gran Turismo 6 already) then you’ll be pleased to know that Evolution Studio’s upcoming next gen title Driveclub is scheduled for a release later this year. It’s been in the pipeline ever since early last year when it was first announced, and it’s looking to be one of the prettier looking titles for next gen. Don’t get too excited though Microsoft lovers, because this little wagon is Playstation 4 exclusive.
Driveclub centres the majority of its racing on teamwork; Evolution said from the beginning that they wanted to build a racing game to enjoy with your friends. Start a club, climb the ranks, race together and reap the rewards as a team; alternatively if you’d rather do it solo (or just don’t like people) there is also a fully integrated single player mode. Driveclub mentions that you and your friends will ‘always be connected’; weather this means that you and your friends times will be recorded for you to race at a later date, or that their avatars and times will be available to race against at any time, remains to be seen. Rather than be a full on GT style simulation, Driveclub leans more towards being a playful simulator experience, similar to GRiD 2 and etc.
The graphics, being a next gen title, look stunning. The lighting and shadow effects constantly change with the surroundings. The sky effects are organic and fully dynamic, meaning that potentially no 2 races will ever be the same. Even the trees on the side of the circuits are individually rendered, rather than simply ‘painted’ on as other titles do. The cars themselves look fantastic, with detailed interiors and the options to modify their visuals such as paint and vinyls (no word yet on any other body modifications.) Thus far screenshots have shown the likes of Mercedes Benz, RuF, Audi, Lotus, McLaren, Pagani, BMW and even little known Russian marque Marussia (hopefully faster than their F1 team.) Driveclub features a host of the latest and greatest cars to hit the market, although expect plenty of your old favourites as well.
Locations for the beautifully rendered tracks look to be a world tour of things, from Alpine Roads, street courses, Indian Rainforest, North American mountains, Scottish highlands, and much more. No word thus far if there will be any real world tracks in the game (many courses seen so far seem to be based in real world locations) although this shouldn’t detract from how great this title is looking. You don’t need Nurburgring to make a great game, and it’s been proven before. Driveclub is looking to be a fun game, with locations and cars so detailed you’ll want to stop and have a look.
Whether you want to take on the racing world alone, or team up and share the rewards, Driveclub has it all at your fingertips.
Written by Ben Rachow