PlayStation 4 racer DriveClub has been delayed until early 2014, Sony has confirmed.
The game had originally been due to launch alongside the console on November 29.
DriveClub: PS Plus Edition, a content-limited version of the game which had been expected to be available to PlayStation Plus subscribers at launch, has also been delayed.
To replace the title, PlayStation Plus subscribers will be able to download shadow-puzzle-platformer Contrast free-of-charge instead and be offered access to an "Open Weekend" trial of Killzone Shadow Fall multiplayer on December 28-29.
"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," Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida wrote in an update on PlayStation Blog. "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."
He continued: "We understand that the delay is disappointing news, but can assure you that the reason we have made this decision is to ensure that when DRIVECLUB launches, it will realize the next gen racing vision. And PlayStation 4 gamers will have no shortage of titles to play this year. At launch alone, we have Killzone Shadow Fall, Knack, Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag, FIFA 14, Call of Duty: Ghosts, Battlefield 4, to name but a few, as well as the incredible list of Indie games coming to PS4. A broad portfolio of games will be available on PS4 before the end of the year, and with games such as Infamous Second Son, The Order 1886, Destiny, Watch Dogs and now DRIVECLUB coming next year, the strength of the software line-up on PS4 is unprecedented.
"DRIVECLUB is a really ambitious racing title and the game is looking stunning. The extra time we’re giving the team means the visuals and overall experience are only going to get better. We can assure you that it will be worth the wait."
The delay marks the second major setback for PlayStation 4 this week following Ubisoft's decision to push back key launch game Watch Dogs to spring 2014. It also means that Sony will now launch with just two AAA first-party titles: Killzone: Shadow Fall and Knack.
PlayStation 4 launches in the UK on November 29.