DriveClub’s launch has been anything but smooth. Evolution Studios’ racer showed huge amounts of promise, yet was hit with delay after delay. When DriveClub was finally released, the game itself was solid if unspectacular – when players could even get it to work. The title was plagued by connection issues at launch, leaving buyers with little more than the Tour mode to keep them occupied, while the promised dynamic weather mechanics and a much-lauded PlayStation Plus version were also absent entirely.
Although Evolution then tried to address these server issues, the developer has not been entirely successful. Patches were released and Evolution announced that most players “should be able to connect,” but some gamers were still stuck – then things took a step back, with many having difficulty connecting at peak times of the day. Just two weeks ago, Evolution again announced that there was “still work to do” to make the game fully-functional.
Although some may have appreciated Evolution’s honesty about the situation, it’s been yet another AAA title being released with serious issues, and unsurprisingly plenty of first-month buyers of DriveClub have been left frustrated at the experience. Now, Evolution is looking to address how to compensate players who have waited for full functionality. In a Facebook update, the developer has revealed that those who purchased a full copy of DriveClub will receive November’s premium DLC packs for free.
Players will get access to the Ignition Expansion Pack and Photo-Finish Tour Pack, alongside two livery packs. This gives players a total of 5 new cars, 22 new tour events, and 10 new trophies, as well as 10 new livery items to play with online and offline. These will be available in America on November 25. Evolution Studios also announced that the Season Pass will be extended to include 4 more packs in July 2015, ensuring those who purchased the Season Pass get everything that was initially promised. This means the Season Pass will still include 176 tour events, 38 cars, and 80 liveries.
The Facebook post also contained details on DriveClub’s next update, which will be released on Tuesday. The update will include a Photo Mode, as well as improving multiplayer collision physics, an adjustment to soften the corner-cutting penalty system, a fix to allow all club owners to update their badges, and the addition of an option in the club menu to view everything the club has unlocked. Not content with just that, the update also includes the first new tracks – Yedepalli in India, Wester Ross in Scotland, and Los Pelambres in Chile.
The issue of the PS Plus version was also addressed, briefly. Evolution revealed that there is still no update regarding the timing of the launch of the PS Plus Edition. Instead, the developer announced it is “continually working on improving the server capacity” to allow them to launch the PS Plus version as soon as possible. Finally, Evolution apologised once more for the problems the game has had.
It is a good gesture from the developer, given how DriveClub was released with players unable to access the content that drew most of them to the game in the first place. However, the title is still far from the finished article – with the aforementioned dynamic weather effects still not available. Evolution has promised that an update will come before the end of the year, but there is still no finite news on the PS Plus Edition. Keeping all of that in mind, it’ll be interesting to see if the eventual release of that content causes any more problems for players.