I had the fortune to play DriveClub well before it was actually released to the public. Beyond looking incredible, the game is actually rather fun and rewarding – provided you’re actually connected to the game’s servers. Unfortunately, since the game’s retail release, the servers have been down, negating every social single social element DriveClub offers, which in effect removes its very reason for existing. Nearly a week on, and it’s still down.
DriveClub was smacked with a new update yesterday, the reason for which was to issue “several game-side fixes to reduce server load.” However, the game is still not able to connect to the game’s servers.
“We are working hard to get everyone online as soon as possible,” Evolution Studios wrote on Facebook.
“We have just released another server update that has increased the number of players racing which is good news, but in order to keep building on these numbers we will be running further updates in the coming days that will affect availability of some of the online game features.”
According to Evolution, things like challenges and social updates will be offline. They say that clubs, leaderboards, online multiplayer races, the single-player mode, custom solo events and car customisation will still be available. I’ve just tried logging in though, and clubs are certainly not available.
“We appreciate this isn’t ideal but this is really the best way for us to improve server performance and online play for everybody, and we will be switching on these features as further progress is made,” the developer added.
“Thanks for bearing with us and sending us your supportive comments. Believe us, we know how frustrating this is for you and we are working non-stop to find the best solution to get you all connected and racing together online.”
Here’s everything the patch purports to fix:
- Implements several game-side fixes to reduce server load.
- Fixes and Issue that may cause Clubs to become corrupted.
- Fixes out of memory crashes due to multiple large avatars in the friends’ list.
- Fixes occasional game-side crashes when uploading large amounts of progress data.
The server load, Evolution insists, is not one borne of a lack of infrastructure, but rather one caused by software glitches. Whatever the cause, the poor launch could end up relegating DriveClub to being little more than a speedbump on this year’s road of great games.
If I’d bought it, I’d be pissed. This is where beta testing is really important. Say what you will about Destiny, but it had a pretty smooth launch for such a big game. Right now, the PlayStation 4 is left without a signature racing game, with the only other offering available for petrolheads being Need for Speed Rivals.
Last Updated: October 13, 2014