Evolution Studios have been teasing a dynamic weather solution for DRIVECLUB for the past few weeks now and we’ve finally gotten our first look at it today along with some other details.
According to the PS Blog, the dynamic weather for DRIVECLUB will be made available through a free update shortly after the game’s launch. The clips you’ll see below from the weather system are still in active development. Weather effects will range from wind, rain, snow, blizzards, and hopefully, by the time that update releases, fully animated thunderstorms with lighting will be added to the mix.
Art director, Alex Perkins, revealed a bunch of new details about the weather system to the PS Blog in an interview.
Perkins notes that the weather is so dynamic in DRIVECLUB, that the amount of clouds that are in the game will dictate how heavy rain or snow falls. You can read the full quote just below:
The cloud cover and conditions you choose will dictate how much snow and rain will fall. The wind direction and speed determines where snow will settle. Then when it stops, the temperature and height of the sun governs how quickly clouds evaporate and roads dry out. We’re really striving for consistency in every detail just like we have done with everything else in the game.
Perkins also talked about the dynamics of gameplay and how they will change when weather is implemented in the game.
As you’d expect, weather is a game changer. When your tires get wet it’s harder to brake and easier to drift, which has a big effect on how you race and score fame for your club. It’s not just the handling that changes though, 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.
There’s a few more interesting details about DRIVECLUB’s weather system over at the PS Blog so be sure to head on over there once you’re finished reading here to learn more. Based on everything we’ve seen and heard about DRIVECLUB following the game’s delay, it’s probably a great thing that the game was delayed to allow the developers more time to further their ambitions.