‘Driving is a difficult genre right now.’
In spite of all odds, DriveClub became a success- Evolution Studios’ PlayStation 4 exclusive racing game overcame its troubled launch, poor worth of mouth, and toxic reception at launch to go on to become one of the most loved racing games of the generation, and also one of the most successful, with 2 million copies sold worldwide.
And yet it may not get a sequel. In an interview with Eurogamer, Sony Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida was asked about the prospect of DriveClub continuing as a series, and his answer was not exactly the most encouraging in the world.
“The driving genre’s a very difficult market right now,” he told Eurogamer. “The team, we need to find a great angle for the racing to continue, to come up with a new racing game, if we’re to look at another racing title. Creative ideas come when things are tough, so that lightbulb moment, I’m looking forward to.”
I’m not sure I agree with him- DriveClub was a success, Forza Horizon 2 and Forza Motorsport 5 were successes, and Nintendo’s Mario Kart 8 is one of the most successful games of this generation- then again, maybe DriveClub’s initial middling response did more damage than Yoshida wants to admit. Maybe that is why we got this non answer.