Yesterday, we were hit by server issues – many of them we later found out weren’t even because of our server, but because of our hosts. Awesome. Anyway, you may have missed the news then that those of you aching to play the “free” content in the DriveClub PlayStation Plus Edition will have to remain in a bit of pain.
Much of that is because the online, socially connected racer was left an empty shell yesterday, thanks to its servers being down on launch day. Having hundreds of thousands more users getting a free ride on the servers would only break them more. It’s just not acceptable stuff in this day and age, to have broken servers for a mostly online game on launch. You’d have thought people would have learned by now.
Of course, I can’t be too angry, with out own servers being perpetually buggered as well. Here’s what Evolution had to say:
With DRIVECLUB, we are dedicated to delivering a dynamic and socially connected racing game that everyone can enjoy, and along the way we’re facing new challenges which we haven’t encountered as a development team before. We are seeing a lot of activity and new social behaviours right now, but unfortunately this is pushing the servers to their absolute limits.
We are sorry if you are having a hard time getting online as we know many of you are. Please be aware that the game will automatically keep trying to connect you. Once you’re online, you should have no further problems during your session.
Everyone at the studio is now working hard to get new updates ready for the game servers to improve connectivity. We will be rolling out these updates day by day and will keep you informed.
In order to help all DRIVECLUB players who have the game already, we’re temporarily holding back the PS Plus Edition and the My DRIVECLUB app to ease the load and traffic to the servers. This should give players a better chance of connecting to the game servers and, once the servers are operating well, we’ll be sure to let you know when the PS Plus Edition and My DRIVECLUB app will be available to download.
To our PS Plus fans, we’re sorry you’re having to wait longer to play, but we want to ensure that when you come on board, you get the best experience possible. Rest assured, if you’ve pre-ordered the full game upgrade from the PS Plus Edition, you will still get the full version of DRIVECLUB digitally, and if you can’t get online you’ll be able to get started offline like everybody else with single player mode as you start your DRIVECLUB tour. You’ll still be able to earn fame, unlock cars and get to grips with all of the options for playing and creating your own events and challenges – and everything you do will be synchronised with the servers when you do get connected, so you can set-up a bunch of challenges to send out to your friends as soon as you are able to join each other online.
We fully appreciate how frustrating this is for everyone. We want you to get online with your club because racing, challenging and having fun together is what the game is all about. We know that racing with your friends online is what you’ve been waiting for and we are doing everything we can to deliver that experience to you as soon as possible.
And it’s quite a pity, really. DriveClub may not be the best or most fully-featured racing game on the planet, but it is rather good if you like things on the slightly more arcade side of life. It’s the sort of game I imagine PGR would have become if the franchise hadn’t been taken out behind the barn and shot.
There’s no word on just when the PS+ edition of the game will be coming, but it’ll be worth the download. Featuring a smidge more content than you’d expect in a demo, it comes packed with 10 tracks and as many cars for you to race about in. The retail version was released yesterday but without online functionality the game feels rather hollow.
Last Updated: October 9, 2014