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DriveClub PS Plus version delayed

The PlayStation Plus version of DriveClub has been delayed. 

Below is an explanation from Paul Rustchynsky of Evolution which explains the reasons, although it basically boils down to the strain on the servers and the need for a new patch to help stabilise the game.

Hi Everyone,

With DRIVECLUB, we are dedicated to delivering a dynamic and socially connected racing game that everyone can enjoy, and along the way we're facing new challenges which we haven’t encountered as a development team before. We are seeing a lot of activity and new social behaviours right now, but unfortunately this is pushing the servers to their absolute limits.

We are sorry if you are having a hard time getting online as we know many of you are. Please be aware that the game will automatically keep trying to connect you. Once you're online, you should have no further problems during your session.

Everyone at the studio is now working hard to get new updates ready for the game servers to improve connectivity. We will be rolling out these updates day by day and will keep you informed.

In order to help all DRIVECLUB players who have the game already, we're temporarily holding back the PS Plus Edition and the My DRIVECLUB app to ease the load and traffic to the servers. This should give players a better chance of connecting to the game servers and, once the servers are operating well, we’ll be sure to let you know when the PS Plus Edition and My DRIVECLUB app will be available to download.

To our PS Plus fans, we're sorry you're having to wait longer to play, but we want to ensure that when you come on board, you get the best experience possible. Rest assured, if you've pre-ordered the full game upgrade from the PS Plus Edition, you will still get the full version of DRIVECLUB digitally, and if you can't get online you'll be able to get started offline like everybody else with single player mode as you start your DRIVECLUB tour. You’ll still be able to earn fame, unlock cars and get to grips with all of the options for playing and creating your own events and challenges - and everything you do will be synchronised with the servers when you do get connected, so you can set-up a bunch of challenges to send out to your friends as soon as you are able to join each other online.

We fully appreciate how frustrating this is for everyone. We want you to get online with your club because racing, challenging and having fun together is what the game is all about. We know that racing with your friends online is what you’ve been waiting for and we are doing everything we can to deliver that experience to you as soon as possible.

Sorry again for the difficult start. We’ll keep you regularly updated on our progress as we work round the clock to improve connectivity. We want everyone to know what's happening so please tag your DRIVECLUB friends or SHARE this message to let them know.

- Rushy

While the PS Plus Edition has been delayed, if you've pre-ordered digitally or at retail then you'll still be able to play.

Indeed if you do want to play then you can get hold of the game right now by ordering from ShopTo.

Edited On 08 Oct, 2014

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Dead 2 years ago
Or maybe it's that they don't want too many people trying before they buy, with the mixed reaction it's getting that could lose them a lot of sales.
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David 2 years ago
Yeah, I've not hearing great things about the game so far, very limited customisation, poor controls, either it's being stalled to force sales or its on the verge of being cancelled for ps plus due to a like warm reception by journalists
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Joe2120 2 years ago
It's a great game, if anything I think people would probably opt for the full game once they try it. Sure it has issues, but any racing fan will love it.
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Zombieflamingo 2 years ago
Will still give it a try but will have to do a lot to beat forza horizon 2 for me.
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Joe2120 2 years ago
It's a completely different game to Forza Horizon 2.
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Apnomis 2 years ago
As people have pointed out this is probably to help sales of the retail version in light of the mixed reviews. This game is built for online, therefore it stands to reason everyone that buys it will have PSPlus to play it online. A lot of people would have decided to get the PSPlus version instead to see if they liked it first. Presumably the PSPlus version is extremely limited - otherwise why would anyone buy the game at retail? It should achieve a large audience as affectively a free online PS4 game, which will put the brand in a strong position for a sequel, even with mixed reviews (a lot of which seem to be around content rather than a broken engine, which means it can improve with future content updates)...
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Old Timer 2 years ago
After the mixed reviews were released, loads on Twitter and various other sites were saying they could see a delay for the PS+ coming, it doesn't surprise me. I've had a couple of days on it now and I still say it's not a bad racing title but there is alot better out there in my opinion and would recommend anyone waiting for the PS+ version before paying full price.
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Zombieflamingo 2 years ago
I know that Joe but you can still sort of compare them on the amount of fun you have while playing.
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Joe2120 2 years ago
I'm really enjoying it so far. Servers are borked though. Great game. The controls and handling is excellent.
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jaijai 2 years ago
So after a years delay ,they still ar'nt ready .Jesus christ how long do they want /need .I was hyped for this game but they have completely lost it with this .They ramp up expectations last year then delay for a year now they have problems they havn't experienced as a dev before .Didnt they have any faith in their game ?.Like above this is trying to ramp up sales of the full game without doubt as the plus version is a demo that they call free edition which in itself is ridiculous.
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PrometheusFan 2 years ago
" I'm really enjoying it so far. Servers are borked though. Great game. The controls and handling is excellent." - Yeah, this is what I've been hearing as well. People actually playing the game have had nothing but praise for how enjoyable it is. Only real complaints so far have been server related. I think some are simply a little too wrapped up in their confirmation bias regarding the game to actually see anything about it beyond a handful of shitty reviews that didn't even provide a proper explanation of what about the game they were actually criticism (eg. Eurogamer, IGN), favouring instead to use nebulous, unquantifiables like "Soulless and lacking in passion". Some of them were even marking the game down for not being open world... which is just about the most stupid thing I've seen from the games media in quite a while.

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