DriveClub getting a new update today

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Drive Flub

DriveClub is still broken. It’s been a full week since the online, perpetually connected and social racing game was released. And it’s been a full week since it’s biggest features have been unavailable thanks to its servers not working. The last patch did pretty much nothing to help remedy the situation – but there’s a new one on its way, and it’ll be out today.

Here’s a quick update that Evolution studios shared on Facebook:

Continual upgrades to the DRIVECLUB servers are building a steady increase in performance, meaning that we’re getting more and more players connected.

The next server update is coming within 24 hours and will mean we can start to switch on more of the online features, so that you will be able to play more of DRIVECLUB online.

We are sorry that we don’t have more concrete news to share right now, but please be patient. We will have more information for you tomorrow.

At this point, it’s starting to be too little too late. The only thing that’ll help bring DriveClub back to life for those who’ve already moved on, is the eventual release of the “free” PlayStation Plus edition. That should convince at least a few gamers to upgrade to the full game, and inject a little more interest  into the ill-fated racer. The folks at Sony and Evolution can’t be too pleased – because this is exactly the wrong way to launch a brand new IP.

Where Diablo 3 and Sim City suffered from server issues, they had a legacy behind them,those feeling disenfranchised by DriveClub’s downtime will likely just move on.

Last Updated: October 14, 2014

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I’m old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time – they were capable of being masterpieces. I’m here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • Admiral Chief 0

    Stukkende beemer, this pleases me

    😛

    • Hammersteyn

      ROFL

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      Needs a Farm Sim combine harvester trundling past it 😉

  • CAE9872

    Such a pity as core game is great and I can see the appeal/benefits to the social side (not into it per se but see how it could be good ala Rivals mode in Forza).

    It still blows my mind how they just didn’t see this coming! I understand that netcode isn’t simple but there must be ways of testing it? Making sure basic infrastructure is there… But clearly not and they not alone over past few years.

  • Sir Rants A Lot Llew

    Why won’t anyone listen to me? WHY???

    Why won’t people implement offline options so that when servers are down their players can still play?

    WHY???? But nooooooooooooooooooo. Rather risk alienating your supporters. Rather make them feel like they paid lots of money FOR NOTHING because that’s what it is when servers are down. NOTHING. Not a game. Not a thing! A bloody coffee coaster (if you got a physical copy). Otherwise it’s not even a digital game in your library. If you got it digital do you know what it is at that point? A really bloody expensive bit of text and icon in your game library (But isn’t a game at that point)

    SHEESH. The stupid in this world

    /rants off in to the sunset

    • Sir Rants A Lot Llew

      Speaking of alienating… I am winning the Alien: Isolation game right?

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      tl;dr

      • Sir Rants A Lot Llew

        . . . . . well played Trev… Well played….

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          😀

          I agree with you 100% man. Online for SP is ridiculous. It’s a means of control.

          • Sir Rants A Lot Llew

            See! Told you everyone reads it! People just pretend my stuff is tl;dr 😉

    • Hammersteyn

      They will learn eventually, the hard way. But then it will be too late.

    • Hammersteyn

      said the dev to the server admin

    • Lord Chaos

      Didn’t you know, valuable calculations like traction and aerodynamics are computed on the cloud. 😛

      • Sir Rants A Lot Llew

        *twitching*

      • Admiral Chief 0

        LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL

    • Matthew Holliday

      well the game does work offline doesnt it?
      its just that all the social aspects of the game, which make this game stand out, are all broken atm.
      so without the servers online, its just an ok racing game.

      • Sir Rants A Lot Llew

        Oh… it has an offline? I assumed it was perma-online like Diablo…
        This is awkward

        • Matthew Holliday

          thats atleast what was implied in lazygamers last article about the game.

    • Gerald Nchabeleng

      Hey Rants, I have owned DriveClub since release, and I have only been connected once and thus played online once, I have however played everyday offline, so I assure you that players can still play even when the servers are down, just sans the social and other multiplayer stuff

      • Sir Rants A Lot Llew

        Yeah I was made aware of this…. A little awkward

      • Paul

        Well but is it how the game supposed to be played?
        You can complete offline with all the stars but none will be shared with your club and this does not match the Drive together win together – does it? It is not be connected with your firend it is rather be disconnected play alone win alone. And this is fine but not for a game which was advertised as online multiplayer racer.

        I have to say one thing though I admire your patience. Some of my friends after 6 days said no I will trade in this game for another which I can fully enjoy.

        • Gerald Nchabeleng

          Hi Paul, I have to agree with everything you say…if the game wasn’t so heavily marketed as an online interactive driving experience maybe they would have gotten away with it, but if anything it feels rushed out the door…online doesn’t work, weather not yet added, no replay mode, fifty odd cars, feels like evolution learned a thing from polyphony…I am however enjoying it still even though I admit it’s a rip off. Funny only last night my wife said the same thing about my patience concerning driveclub as you.

    • What are you on about? We’ve been able to play since launch. There is a single player game in there, it’s not an online only game like Destiny.

      • Sir Rants A Lot Llew

        Yeah I have been thusly informed

  • Marius Nell

    So when will the plus edition land? guess it got stuck in a pothole

  • Hammersteyn

    It’s ironic how they planned to launch a free version with PS+, If they changed their mind they would have had to change it again just to get people to download it after they fixed the servers.

    • Sageville

      I was very skeptical when they offered this “Free”.

  • Matthew Holliday

    i like how they worded it so that they seem like what theyr doing is super impressive, when it should have been something that was working on day one.

  • Priyesh Kasan

    Oh boy! Lucky it’s exam time so ps4 is packed up and DriveClub in my cabinet, hopefully all is sorted out come 1 Nov.

  • Kikmi

    Man. How. Em. Barrassing.

  • fred

    Still a great racing experience , enjoying the offline challenges a lot. And most online racers don’t know what brakes are for anyway , and just go full out to take you off the track.

  • oVg

    Hopefully the patch will give the game a higher frame rate than 2008s Forza 2.

  • WitWolfy

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