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Singing under the rain! Here’s how inclement weather makes the PS4 exclusive DriveClub even more impressive



Singing under the rain! Here’s how inclement weather makes the PS4 exclusive DriveClub even more impressive

Judging from the frankly phenomenal progress DriveClub has made over the last year or so, we think more games would benefit from a meaty delay. In the sequence of today’s hardware bundle announcement, developer Evolution Studios has released the first images of its PlayStation 4 rain effects, and the results are nothing short of spectacular.

We could spend the next two or three paragraphs talking about how awesome this looks, but a picture paints a thousand words, so we’ll let the 15-second snippets do the talking. It’s a shame that the studio has resorted to such short clips again to promote its next game, but given the exceptional content, we’ll let it go.

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Needless to say, there’s more than just wet asphalt here. Like the dynamic lighting model in the game, everything you see is rendered in real time, meaning the density of cloud cover will affect how much rain falls. Also, the height of the sun will dictate how quickly the water evaporates once the storm has dispersed, allowing you to see the dry road as you run around it.

Although the study only shows a torrential downpour at the moment, snow will also be present in the game, and this will be affected by wind speed and altitude – you will have to deal with stronger blizzards when you are on top of a mountains in places like, for example, Norway. And of course there will also be thunderstorms.

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Unfortunately, the time isn’t going to be ready until after the game’s release, but the organization promises that it will be finished at least by the end of the year. The reason you’re taking a little longer in this feature is because you want the various environmental effects to affect the vehicle’s handling as well, meaning the wheels will slip a bit more on soggy surfaces.

It sounds fantastic and also looks very serious; we think these video clips rival photorealism in some places. But don’t just take our word for it – watch the videos, and let us read your impressed impressions in the comments section below.