If you’ve been griping about the current lack of bigger budget games on PlayStation Plus for a while now, I can’t say that I blame you. While the monthly indie games are treasures that do deserve more eyes and hands on them, as a consumer you’re wanting something that really justifies your purchase of a membership. DriveClub was supposed to be that game that would help sell itself and PS Plus. But it’s been delayed until further notice.
That’s according to Sony Worldwide boss Shuhei Yoshida, who took to Facebook to explain what’s going on with the free version of the game:
I wanted to provide you with the latest update on DriveClub. Unfortunately, the road to launch has been a little rocky, and we are truly sorry that so many of you have not been able to enjoy everything that we had hoped DriveClub would deliver.
We have been listening to your feedback and realize that patience understandably is running out. Evo is working around the clock to close the gap, and we have deployed additional engineering resources to help resolve the remaining issues as soon as possible. Unfortunately, the time frames required to roll out the fully connected experience will be longer than anticipated and we do not have an exact time frame for when they will be resolved.
We are also very conscious that we have disappointed so many of you who were looking forward to playing the promised PS Plus Edition. Our first priority is to provide you with the best possible experience while playing DriveClub. With the high volume of new players and additional server load the PS Plus Edition is anticipated to bring, we are currently not confident that we can guarantee the best online experience.
Until we can ensure that everyone can enjoy the full social connected online experience, we will be postponing the release of the PS Plus Edition until further notice.
DriveClub was originally meant to launch on PS Plus on October 8. But that was put on hold as Sony and developer Evolution Studios put that version of the game on hiatus. And it’s soul-crushingly painful to behold the game in its current state. As a barebones racing title, it’s remarkably solid and bound to attract a following. But it’s built around that entire social factor, which just isn’t taking off at the moment in the way it was envisioned. It’s like ordering a hamburger and getting a delicious bun without the patty inside.
A part of me refuses to believe that Evolution Studios wasn’t prepared for this, as they are more than competent enough to handle such a game and launch. In other words, something ain’t kosher in the state of Sony. Still, you can grab a retail copy of the game, if you’re aching for some driving action on your PlayStation.
Last Updated: October 31, 2014