When it was announced back in 2013, team racing sim Driveclub was tipped to be one of the PS4's hottest exclusives. It was meant to be released alongside the console's launch as its many cars and tracks would demonstrate the PS4's visual prowess while the handling could show off the improvements to the DualShock controller. Sadly, the finished product didn't live up to all of those expectations.
Not only was Driveclub delayed several times, releasing almost a year after the PS4's initial launch, but it was also plagued by massive issues with its multiplayer, which was one of the biggest draws of the game. Servers prevented too many players from getting online (at one point it operated on a 'one player out, one player in' style of wait list), which was directly opposite to the experience that players had hoped for. Free DLC was released to apologize, but the troubles were still frustrating in the first place.
Furthermore, players hoping to play Driveclub PlayStation Plus edition (a version of the game with less cars and tracks) were out of luck entirely as that version has been put on the back burner and according to words from PlayStation Europe boss Jim Ryan earlier this week, there's no guarantee that the version will ever show up. But despite the lengthy delay of Driveclub PS+ and Ryan's revelation, Sony is still adamant that the version is on the way.
In a statement released to Eurogamer, a Sony spokesperson told the publication that:
"We are continually working on improving the server capacity to enable us to launch the PS Plus Edition as quickly as possible. Although currently we do not have an update regarding the timing for the launch."
While many potential Driveclub players will appreciate the clarification after Ryan's words seemed to confirm their worst fears, the statement rankles for several reasons. First of all, the miscommunication between Ryan and Sony as a whole is concerning. Driveclub is an important, high profile exclusive that's contributing to the PS4's sales success, so the fact that the two entities aren't on the same wavelength about the game only casts a larger shadow of doubt on it.
Furthermore, Driveclub players continue to ask questions about just why the PlayStation Plus edition is taking so long. Sony says that server capacity is to blame but back in October, Driveclub's game director Paul Rustchynsky explained to fans that developer Evolution Studios has got "no limits to the amount of servers or the quality of hardware." Some will also be quick to ask how server capacity is an issue when, realistically, they could just bring more servers online to handle the extra player load.
The PlayStation Plus version of Driveclub is now almost a year and a half overdue and fans may have even more waiting on their hands. We'll let you know should Sony (finally) reveal a release date for that edition of the game.
Are you fed up of waiting for Driveclub PlayStation Plus edition? Or are you still excited for its release?