The lights are on
During a hands-off demo, Evolution Studios showed off how
big of an impact DriveClub's advanced weather simulation has on
Evolution started the demo by reiterating that the nearly
yearlong delay is being used to boost DriveClub's social elements, making
the game as seamless and connected as possible when racing with friends. The
developer also confirmed that the game will run at 1080p and 30 frames per
second. After showing off the game's new menu, which provides a constant feed
of dynamic challenges and races, Evolution focused on a very specific aspect of
the game that has a surprising effect on the feel of races: DriveClub's weather
In addition to featuring a day/night cycle with full real-time
lighting and shadows, DriveClub also has an extensive weather system. The
position of the sun is determined by the time of day and the real-world
location of the track you're racing. Location also affects the type of weather
you'll see; our first demo takes place on a winding track in Scotland, and the
weather is appropriately misty and overcast. A large cloud bank blocks the sun,
giving the track an eerily realistic muted look. Unlike most games, the clouds
aren't merely a pretty skybox, but are fully simulated and different every time
you play. They also move and mutate based on the direction and speed of the
After a few minutes of driving, the developer turns up the
precipitation until the drivers are caught in a full-on rainstorm. The feel of
race changes along with the new weather, as visibility lowers and cars begin to
kick up large clouds of mist on the road. As the rain increases, the roads become
slick and shiny, and puddles form, reflecting everything in the environment,
including cars, roadside flags, and rocks. The developer pauses the action and
pans around the camera to show off how truly impressive the effects are. He
stresses that it's not just an illusion – the weather is being fully simulated
across the entire mountain that the race is taking place on.
Another flip of the switch plunges the race into nighttime;
the headlights of the racers bathe the reflective cars in bright light and
illuminate the rain-slick road – again the racetrack has a different feel to
it, and presents an even greater challenge. Once the rainstorm ends, Evolution
says that the puddles will realistically evaporate based on the layout of the
track and the wind.
Afterwards, the developer starts a race in Norway to show
off DriveClub's snow effects. Like rain, snow accumulates realistically and
affects driving conditions as well as visibility. At the height of the
simulated storm it's nearly impossible to see the other cars on the road, which
should make for some interesting challenges that players can create to test their
Evolution says that the weather system will be added to the
game sometime in 2014, along with a photo mode – after all, what good is
beautiful weather if you can't share pictures of it with your friends?
DriveClub will be available October 7 on PS4. For more information,
check out a
dozen new facts Kato learned about the game last month.
Email the author Jeff Marchiafava, or follow on Google+, Twitter, and Game Informer.
WEATHER NEVER LOOKED SO DIVINE!!! RACING IN IT FOR THE VERY LAST TTTTIIIIIMMMMMMMMEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The graphics look amazing.
This game just popped back onto my radar. I love the way rain plays out in games like Infamous and Watch Dogs and this looks to improve on those. I really like the realism that games are starting to take in the small things.
Now THIS is amazing. This popped into one of my most anticipated PS4 games list now.
All I want is a new Motorstorm game.
night mode / rain mode were my favourite parts of gran turismo 5 xD i love going on nurburgring at night while it's raining in a super fast car and just trying to stay on the track, it's a real challenge.
YES!!! So glad that they added Rain along other weather effects!!! LOOKS AWESOME!!!
Driveclub looks amazing. Speaking of racing games by sony, I'm still hoping for an annoucement regarding a new wipeout game for PS4. I had tons of fun getting the platinum for wipeout 2048!
Rain so pretty.
Impressive. Must buy for me.