According to leaked information on a Japanese PlayStation blog post, Sony will indeed bring one of their biggest franchises DriveClub VR to market alongside PlayStation VR when it launches on October 13.
Evolution Studios’ DriveClub has had a troubled history, with delays, technical difficulties and luke warm reviews plaguing the title at launch. Since then however, the title has built a steady following and has iterated and evolved into a fun, competitive driving title with a personality of its own.
Last year, we reported that an early version of a special virtual reality edition of the title was shown to attendees of the Paris Games Show in October of last year, and received words of praise from the few that got to try it out but there was no confirmation if the title would see the light of day. Now, thanks to what seems to be an erroneously published Japanese PlayStation blog post, DriveClub VR has been confirmed as arriving for PlayStation VR at launch. The post was removed, but not before several sites snagged images and details of the title.
The new PSVR DriveClub will apparently sport a cockpit view (well, duh), 3D audio and a new collection of tracks. Commenting on twitter after the leak emerged, ex-Director of DriveClub at Evolution Studios (now working for Codemasters) Paul Rustchynsky said:
— Paul Rustchynsky (@Rushy33) July 29, 2016
DriveClub VR joins the forthcoming Gran Turismo Sport, the latest in the PlayStation’s flagship driving franchise, which is also set to debut in November with PlayStation VR support. Both of these titles sport impressive visuals and push their host PlayStation 4 platforms to the limit in standard, 2D form. DriveClub VR is known to run at 60FPS and uses re-projection to present the experience at 120FPS in the headset, whereas the PS4 original sacrifices framerate for visual fidelity with 30FPS. With that in mind, the team working on DriveClub VR – confirmed by Rustchynsky to be “The same development team who made DRIVECLUB” – will have pulled off a real technical feat.
According to the leaked blog post, DriveClub VR will arrive alongside the PlayStation VR in October in both hard-copy and digital formats for 4,900 yen (around $49 US).