Evolution Software, the studio behind PS3 racing franchise Motorstorm, has announced the development of team-based racing title DriveClub.
"When I joined Evo 9 years ago, the first concept I worked on was for a racing game that was all about racing with friends," explained Matt Southern, studio game director. "It combined the best cars (and they would have to be real ones), on the most breathtaking roads in the world, with gameplay that was totally focused on team-based racing.
"I loved the job from day one.
"The game was all about utter car passion. It was about connecting people who are as in love with car culture as we are, and creating a universe for these impassioned racers to all play together. We created web design concepts that showed how you could connect with people and access your club when you were away from the living room, and we created prototypes of the most immersive, detailed vehicle interiors and exteriors possible.
"Except... they weren't possible. Our concept was simple, but needed a socially connected network and audiovisual technology that wasn't available.
"When we knew that the new PlayStation was coming, we realised that the time was right to make the DriveClub dream a reality. It was time to combine nearly 15-years of racing game pedigree and a rapidly evolving, connected gaming landscape – this seed of an idea was ready to be realized and the buzz at Evo was unstoppable."
In order to bring the game to life Evolution expanded its vehicle handling and design team to include people who worked on the most prestigious racing titles ever release, including WRC, Formula 1, Gran Turismo, MotorStorm, WipEout, Project Gotham Racing, GRID 2 and more.
Southern says that PS Vita launch game Motorstorm RC was used as a bridge between Motorstorm and Driveclub, testing out theories about connecting social networks with asynchronous challenge-based racing on multiple devices at the same time.
Collaborations with car companies around the world has resulted in what Southern describes as the "most detailed and authentic car interiors and exteriors possible".
Check the trailer for an idea of what to expect and look out for more details in the coming months. We expect DriveClub to be out at launch or thereabouts, but Sony hasn't confirmed anything at this time.