Sony is still remaining resolutely silent on DriveClub's whereabouts, which has become cause for concern for many after Evoloution's recent lay-offs. Rumours pointing to potential release dates have been all over the place lately – most recently, Amazon changed their placeholder date to September. Now, computer giant Dell has stepped in, reportedly sending emails out to customers proclaiming DriveClub's due date as June 12th, which can also be seen on their website.
Of course, this has to be taken as a pinch of salt until Sony clarifies the release date, which is supposed to happen in "the coming weeks", but this is a highly probable date. As noted by DualShockers, it’s not the end or the beginning of a fiscal quarter which is usually indicative of a placeholder date. It also matches the rumours started by the Official Italian PlayStation magazine, who whispered that DriveClub had been delayed until June date earlier this year.
June 12 also happens to be the final date of this year's E3, which would be an ideal launch pad for DriveClub to gain some much-needed publicity – a similar stragety was adopted for Sony's best-selling The Last of Us, which launched just a day after last year's E3.
It would also be an ideal time to launch DriveClub Plus Edition, the free-to-play version of DriveClub for PlayStation Plus users, as Sony could release it during their live conference, prompting people to flock onto PSN to download it. Traditionally, the summer is dry spell for high profile game releases too, giving DriveClub a better chance of holding its own on the racing game-starved platform.
At any rate, it's surely only a matter of time before Sony relent and put us out of our misery: incidentally, DriveClub appeared on Sony's Reward site, which normally only lists released titles, before being taken down, further implying we should be hearing something soon. It's also only a matter of time before we run out of stock screenshots to use for news articles like this.