Initially touted as one of the PS4's strongest exclusives and a game that was going to prove the console's worth at launch, the actual release of DriveClub has been nothing short of a disaster. Releasing a year later than planned, the extra time Evolution Studios gave their team racer was rocked by "unexpected" issues at launch.
These unforeseen problems are mostly down to the game's servers. Unable to be fixed by simply using more servers, it has required Evolution Studios to put together new server code just to get DriveClub to its current state; and even that leaves something to be desired.
With patches, diagnostics and constant server upgrades, it looked as though things were on the mend for one of the year's most talked about and anticipated PS4 games. Sadly though, things have taken a slight step backwards and players are still being left in the dark about DriveClub's PlayStation Plus Edition.
In a post on the game's official Facebook page, the DriveClub dev offered an update:
"We can see that the majority of you can now get online, but we know that at peak times of the day it can still be hard to get connected, so we are still working to improve connectivity with every update to the servers.
"We can also see that when you do get connected, some of you are having a hard time getting into multiplayer races and that posting leaderboard results can sometimes take a lot longer than you'd expect."
While some will welcome the honesty (no matter how disappointing it is) Evolution's words are a slight contradiction. In an earlier update on the status of DriveClub's improvements the developer explained that "If and when you get online, you should not have any connectivity issues during the remainder of your session" so if this was the case, one of their newer updates has clearly jeopardized that.
The current builds of the server will also have to withstand the pressure of extra DriveClub features. According to official tweets, "Races will be updated 22/10 with more variety" and private races with friends shall also be added and should offer a better online experience (for those who are able to connect). Meanwhile, the dev adds that weather effects (incl. rain and snow) should still make it into the game by the end of the year as previously promised.
With the developer planning to add so much to the game's already wonky foundations it's no wonder that the timeline for DriveClub's PlayStation Plus edition is still up in the air. In the latest fix update, Evolution offered the following:
"PS Plus Edition news will come as soon as we have concrete info - sorry to keep you all waiting."
Players have been waiting for several weeks now so hopefully DriveClub's issues won't persist for much longer.