Sony “temporarily holding back” DriveClub’s free PlayStation Plus edition
US PlayStation Plus members were due to get the download yesterday but it never materialised. It was due to arrive in Europe today.
Now, in a new blog post on DriveClub’s official Facebook page, Paul “Rushy” Rustchynsky explained that the delay was an attempt to ensure a smoother server experience for players who already had the full game.
“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,” Rustchynsky explained.
"We are seeing a lot of activity and new social behaviours right now, but unfortunately this is pushing the servers to their absolute limits.
"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.”
The full DriveClub game will be available to buy from the European PlayStation Store later today as planned. It will be sold in shops this Friday.
“The problem with DriveClub is that it’s just competent,” Mike Channell wrote in Eurogamer’s DriveClub review. “You’ll drive some fast cars in some arresting environments. You might even have fun, in between getting clobbered with penalties. But there’s no romance to it. No passion.”