Driveclub PS Plus Edition needs server development

By Alan Ng - Feb 16, 2015

We have another update to bring you now on the Driveclub PS Edition release date status. It has been months since we found out the initial delay of the game and now it looks like the free version of Driveclub is still some time away from releasing.

Just to recap, the PS Plus Edition of Driveclub was originally supposed to launch with the main version at the start of October 2014.

However, Sony stepped in to announce at the end of October that the PS Plus version had been delayed until further notice – which was obviously disappointing to everyone.

With no sign of the game over Christmas, fans were then hoping that January would be the time when we would see it finally available to download.

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Jump back to mid February and now we have the latest update on the game. Above is a Tweet left a few days ago by the Driveclub team who now say that the game needs ‘server development’ to support the PS Plus Edition.

Does that imply it’s due to Sony’s PSN servers on why we haven’t seen Driveclub yet? Right now, the full version of Driveclub appears to be running very smoothly so we can understand why some are scratching their heads over this.

We’re heading into six months since Driveclub on PS Plus was due to be out – does this bother you or have you now moved on? Give us your thoughts on the ‘server development’ comment from Evolution Studios – is PSN to blame?

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Also See: Driveclub 1.28 update with patch notes mystery

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  • Tom

    I think its only fair after 4 months of waiting we should receive the full edition for no extra cost alongside with the other PS plus games we receive next month

  • Devolution

    Not bothered. I just wish Sony was a bit more honest. So what if this wasn’t going to be free, no other games are free. So, what I hold against Sony is not that it was not free – but that it was PROMISED that it would be free. Therefore, Sony have taken a hit to their credibility on this. Whether it is Evolution’s fault or not really does not matter. SONY made a commitment to its consumers and did not deliver. That is all that matters. I guess we will see whose fault it REALLY was by seeing if Sony continue the relationship with Evolution. Sony should cut them loose if it is Evolution’s fault. If they stick with them, then I take that as an admission of fault from Sony. Either way, this whole debacle has bhurt Sony from a PR perspective. Would you believe them if they promised another free PS+ version of a game? I wouldn’t.
    And 30FPS on the PS4 for a driving game? Sorry Evolution, but I ain’t buying that. Last gen called to let and they want their frame rate back. Not only have Evolution made Sony out to be liars, their lazy development also makes the PS4 look weak. Evolution or Devolution?

    • Kevin

      I’m not a big fan of racing games but was looking forward to the free version to try it out. I just ended up buying it for £20 of ps store, I like the game but it isn’t great.
      But as I’ve said many times they are holding back the free game because they would lose money on the upgrade version cos not many would buy it, I wouldn’t have lol.

    • Josh101

      “Sony should cut them loose if it is Evolution’s fault. If they stick with them, then I take that as an admission of fault from Sony.”

      No and no. Are you serious right now? Cut an entire development team for server issues? That’s idiotic. That would be like EA cutting Dice because of Battlefield 4 issues. Which were FARRR more of an issue than Driveclub.

      • Devolution

        As I sadi, the bottom line is Sony said we would gert a free version – we didn’t – or we will 6-12 months later. This reduces the “value” of the promise from Sony.
        And the game was not exactly a runaway success so how come the servers fell so riduclously short of the mark? They STILL have not sorted it. It comes off like Kevin below says – that they are holding back the free version as the paid version has not sold enough and they need more slaes.
        By any measure it has been a PR clusterf%$# of major proportions. And 30FPS? Hahaha. Ridge Racer on the PS1 was 30 FPS. I’d cut em loose. They made a 30FPS racing game that is seriously broken and they made Sony out to be liars. No Drive Club 2? So what. I’d like a “next gen” racer, not Ridge Racer with AA.

        • Josh101

          “They made a 30FPS racing game that is seriously broken and they made Sony out to be liars.”

          No, the game is not broken. The game has worked fine since launch. The server code was the issue in which millions of requests were being sent, effectively being a constant DDOS on their servers.

          “And 30FPS? Hahaha. Ridge Racer on the PS1 was 30 FPS.”

          There is absolutely nothing wrong with 30Fps racing game. Need for speed is 30 fps, Forza Horizon is 30 fps.

          “No Drive Club 2? So what. I’d like a “next gen” racer, not Ridge Racer with AA.”

          You are nothing but a troll. Driveclub is by far the best looking racer on the market. It absolutely destroys any game that has come before. The people playing it and posting 1,000’s of videos on youtube and the countless 1,000’s of people commenting on them, disagree with you. The handling and the cars feel amazing. But you wouldn’t know that, because you are a troll. 😀