Well it’s better than yesterday’s news. SCE and Evolution Studios have now confirmed that DriveCLUB is to be delayed, but at least now it’s only to “early 2014.”

The press release says the two parties had to make “the difficult decision” to delay the release of the game.

Sony assures that the PlayStation Plus Edition will still be part of the Instant Game Collection when it is released.

Sony has also announced that Contrast, the highly anticipated game from Compulsion Games, will now be added also to PlayStation Plus members for free as part of Instant Game Collection.

Lastly to support the PS4 launch, Sony is offering members access to an exclusive “Open Weekend” trial of Killzone Shadow Fall multiplayer on December 28-29.

From the press release:

We understand that the delay is disappointing news, but can assure you that the reason we have made this decision is to ensure that when DRIVECLUB launches, it will realize the next gen racing vision. And PlayStation 4 gamers will have no shortage of titles to play this year. At launch alone, we have Killzone Shadow Fall, Knack, Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag, FIFA 14, Call of Duty: Ghosts, Battlefield 4, to name but a few, as well as the incredible list of Indie games coming to PS4. A broad portfolio of games will be available on PS4 before the end of the year, and with games such as Infamous Second Son, The Order 1886, Destiny, Watch Dogs and now DRIVECLUB coming next year, the strength of the software line-up on PS4 is unprecedented.

DRIVECLUB is a really ambitious racing title and the game is looking stunning. The extra time we’re giving the team means the visuals and overall experience are only going to get better. We can assure you that it will be worth the wait.