Driveclub’s Dynamic Weather System Detailed, Bundle Coming to Europe
Among the most intriguing aspects of Evolution Studios’ upcoming Driveclub is its customizable dynamic weather system. The system wowed onlookers with an E3 demo, and today’s interview with the game’s Art Director Alex Perkins gave even more details about Driveclub’s robust weather system.
On the PlayStation Blog, Perkins discusses the weather system, stating that the team “approached (their) weather system with the same guiding principles as we’ve done with everything in Driveclub: to make it as immersive and fun as possible,” and describing a robust set of climatic options. Players won’t simply choose basic weather options like rain or snow; instead, they’ll be able to customize their experience with options like cloud density, temperature, wind direction and wind speed.
Referring to the depth of Driveclub’s weather customization in the final game, Perkins stated, “We’re still working on how best to present this to you and we’ll show more, closer to launch.” The expansive system will duplicate the behavior of weather phenomena even after they’ve occurred, and how they interact with each other. Wind direction and speed will determine where snow falls, and the temperature and height of the sun will dictate how quickly snow melts and roads dry out.
Weather changes will affect every aspect of a race, and change as the race progresses. Rain and snow will obviously change the way tires interact with the road, but drivers will face other weather-related issues. Perkins explains, “Visibility can also change massively and impact on how the game plays too, especially at night when you’ve got your windscreen wipers going like crazy and your headlights are reflecting on the snowflakes ahead of you to blanket the sky in white.” Factors like elevation, time of day, temperature and wind speed can cause the weather to change during a race, forcing drivers to adapt to new condition; “Spots of rain can become torrential downpours or transition into blizzards, quickly or slowly, and when the clouds clear up the tracks will dry out too. So if you’re in Norway, for example, you’ll face heavier snow when you’re racing atop the mountains and much lighter snow or sleet when you descend to a lower altitude”
The PlayStation Blog also revealed that a PS4 Driveclub bundle will be coming exclusively to Europe this October. The bundle will include the game along with a standard black PS4 and DualShock 4 controller for €439.99 ($598.93).