Sony Computer Entertainment has announced the final release date for Evolution Studios' delayed racer, Driveclub. The game was originally intended to be a near-launch title for the PlayStation, but it ended up getting pushed back. Evolution Studios was hit by layoffs in late March and Sony was apparently heading back to the drawing board with the game, though the publisher remained committed to a 2014 launch.
"The team have been working relentlessly on the game and have captured a new video to showcase just how impressive it's currently looking," wrote SCE Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida in the announcement post. "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."
Yoshida also revealed that Motorstorm RC game director Paul Rustchynsky has been Driveclub's new director since February 2014.
"We appreciate the announcement has come a little late, however we wanted to inform his appointment along with the new date announcement," he wrote. "His experience when it comes to delivering racing games is impeccable. With Rushy in the lead, we know Driveclub will deliver on its initial promise to be a truly next gen racing title for our PS4 portfolio."
"We are really proud of the incredible work the team has produced - their tenacity and passionate pursuit of excellence is admirable, and Driveclub will be all the better for it."
This puts Driveclub up against a number of large titles, including Dragon Age: Inquisition, Alien: Isolation, and Shadow of Mordor. Driveclub probably doesn't have to worry about audience overlap with those titles, but it's still a hefty week. Batman: Arkham Knight drops the week after that, on October 14.