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Steve Bitto posted a article in Sony[uPDATE] Sony has clarified via twitter that those who upgrade the PS Plus version of DRIVECLUB will not lose access if their PS Plus subscription expires. The tweet reads, "UPDATE> If you have #DRIVECLUB PS+ Ed & upgrade, we'll ensure you keep full game access even if your PS Plus runs out" Certainly a smart move on Sony's part. Original story: Last week we reported that DRIVECLUB had finally received a release date and now we have another tidbit of news to share. As you may know, a content-limited version of DRIVECLUB will be available for free to Playstation Plus members. Jamie Brayshaw, Community Development Manager at Evolution Studios, announced today what exactly that version would include. The PS Plus version of DRIVECLUB will give players access to "one location (India), 11 tracks, 10 cars and access to all game modes." Brayshaw added, "You can take part in all the game modes, set, send and compete in challenges, and race online against others in the DRIVECLUB community." From the sounds of it, Playstation Plus members will get a substantial taste of the game before having to decide whether or not to make the full investment. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ss--cO6ZnZA The news was not all good, however. Playstation Plus users will be able to upgrade to the full version for $49.99. According to the announcement, "This will give you access to all five locations, 55 tracks, 50 cars and all 50 tour events," and here's the bad news, "as long as your PlayStation Plus subscription remains active." This means that despite spending $49.99 for an upgrade, players do not actually own the content. This is contrary to the standards set with all other purchased PS Plus content. If you purchase anything, even at an extreme discount, you own it whether or not you subscribe to PS Plus in the future. After a loud negative response from fans, Paul Rustchynsky, DRIVECLUB's Game Director, announced on twitter that he is "seeking clarification." Since it is addressed in the announcement video as well, this does not seem like a miscommunication. At the end of the day, the game is still available for $59.99 at retail on a Blu-ray disc. For updates on the developing DRIVECLUB PS Plus fiasco, keep it at Game Podunk. Would you upgrade DRIVECLUB on PS Plus if a subscription is required to keep it? Source: Playstation Blog
Shuhei Yoshida announced today on the Playstation Blog that DRIVECLUB will launch on October 7, 2014 in North America exclusively for the Playstation 4. Originally slated as a PS4 launch title, DRIVECLUB was delayed indefinitely with many wondering just how troubled the game's development was. In March it was revealed that game director Col Rodgers had left Evolution Studios the previous month which only added to the speculation. Shuhei Yoshida offered this explanation today for the issues surrounding DRIVECLUB's development, "The problem with being ambitious is you have to be prepared to accept there will be challenges along the way. What DRIVECLUB offers has not been previously achieved in this category, and, because of this, the team needed more time to give you the game you“re waiting for." As one of only a few announced PS4 exclusives, Sony will need DRIVECLUB to shine come October. Keep it at Game Podunk for more on this and other Playstation 4 news. Source: Playstation Blog
Today's Playstation event in New York brought with it a bevy announcements regarding the future of Playstation, not the least of which was the announcement of the upcoming successor to the PS3 called, unsurprisingly, the Playstation 4. Here's a recap of some of the other announcements that were made at the event, including a few game reveals and more. Playstation Vita Will Be Able To Play Certain PS4 Games Via Streaming Vita was discussed for a bit before Sony confirmed that you will be able to stream and play PS4 games on the Vita. Sony hopes that in the future, every PS4 game will be able to be playable on Vita via streaming. PS4 Officially Announced Sony confirmed that the PS4 is actually a thing coming out like we all expected, and that there will be a new Dualshock controller as well as talking about the specs of the machine. For more info, see the full article here. New First-Party PS4 Exclusive "Knack" Announced Mark Cerny (whose credits include Crash Bandicoot) debuted the trailer for his all-new game in development for PS4, called Knack. Knack appears to be a creature/robot that can absorb objects to grow in size, almost looking like the Zelda series' Ganondorf when he's bigger. It's very Pixar-like and appears to be heavily story-driven. PS4's Social Interaction and Gaikai Streaming Discussed Sony discussed a bevy of information regarding the PS4's features, and they're heavily steeped in social integration as well as streaming. You can read more on this here. Guerilla Games Announces Killzone: Shadow Fall Killzone series developer Guerilla Games drew first blood by showing the first game coming to Playstation 4: Killzone: Shadow Fall. Its visuals and physics seemed to stun onlookers in the audience. More can be read about Shadow Fall here. Next Generation Racing Sim Drive Club Announced Evolution Studios, best known for the MotorStorm series on PS3, took to the stage at the press conference to announce the first PS4 racing game, entitled Drive Club. It was revealed that the project had existed as a concept for an entire decade. More on the game here. The inFamous Series Makes Its Grand Return With inFamous: Second Son Many gamers have been wondering what developer Sucker Punch has been up to since the release of inFamous: Festival of Blood, and we got our first look tonight at their latest project: inFamous: Second Son. More on it here. Jonathan Blow Announces The Witness For PS4 Famed Braid developer Jonathan Blow took to the stage in a surprise appearance to announce that his latest game, The Witness, will be for PS4 and subsequently showed a trailer for the title, which has long been in development. More details here. Quantic Dream's David Cage Makes An Appearance David Cage (of Heavy Rain and upcoming Beyond: Two Souls fame) spoke a bit about how games are increasingly able to express the nuances of emotion, and that with the PS4's capabilities, it will be more possible than ever to convey emotion with the game's characters. He also mentioned that Beyond: Two Souls' main character will have 30,000 polygons, making for extremely life-like facial expressions and such. Media Molecule Showcases Move Potential LittleBigPlanet 1 & 2 developer Media Molecule showcased the potential of the Move with a few demos and said that it was their intention to "marry the Move with the PS4. They went on to show how they could manipulate puppetlike characters to put on a rock concert. Capcom Showcases New Engine and IP, Deep Down Capcom's Yoshinori Ono announced a new engine that they've been working on code-named 'Pantha Rei.' He also showed off a brand new IP that looked somewhat reminiscent of Dragon's Dogma called Deep Down. Square-Enix Shows Off Real-Time Rendering in Luminous Engine In order to show off more of the PS4's power, Square-Enix showed off a demo showing off real-time rendering using their Luminous engine, which was impressive. Afterward, they announced that they would have an announcment about Final Fantasy on the PS4 at E3. Ubisoft Talks Watch_Dogs We first saw Watch_Dogs unveiled at last year's E3, but today Ubisoft showed off a different demo of the game and announced that the game would be coming to PS4 as well. Blizzard Announces Partnership With Sony In another surprise appearance, Blizzard announced that they would be partnering with Sony to release Diablo III on the PS3 and PS4. Activision Shows Off Bungie's Destiny Destiny was already blown out in a huge preview event, but they finally showed a bit of footage of the game and mentioned how it would change the way we play first-person shooters. The game would also be getting some exclusive content in the Playstation version. PS4 Bound For Release By the End of the Year Sony announced that the PS4 is on track for a release at the end of the 2013. No pricing has been announced yet, and we still have yet to see what the console looks like. Expect to hear more about the next-gen console at E3 in June.