I played DriveClub before it was actually out to the public – and I actually quite liked it, despite generally hating racing games, mostly because I’m notoriously terrible at them. Still, I liked it – and I found it rather a pity that after the game was released, it fell apart. In fact, it’s had one of the most disastrous launches in all of videogames, echoed only by Halo: The Master Chief Collection’s lack of functional matchmaking. Even Assassin’s Creed Unity took less time to start working.
Its servers buckled under the weight of real live players, makings its online features moot. The game works now, and after a few patches is actually a pretty good, exceptionally good-looking game. That doesn’t really matter now though – it’s all a case of too little, too late. The one thing that could make DriveClub relevant again is the promised “free” edition of the game for PlayStation Plus members. Only it might not happen.
Speaking to Metro, Sony Computer Entertainment’s European president and CEO Jim Ryan said that the company can’t guarantee that the free PlayStation Plus edition of Evolution Studio’s DriveClub will actually ever see the light of day.
Here’s a transcription:
Metro: And… is there still going to be the free PlayStation Plus version?
Jim Ryan: That’s still being looked at.
Metro: You can’t guarantee that it will ever happen?
Jim Ryan: I can’t say anything at this stage.
That’s not reassuring. DriveClub was originally planned to be a launch title for the PlayStation 4 – but ended up being delayed. It was released in October last year after a bout of delays, ad meant to be released alongside a generous free version of the game available to PlayStation Plus Subscribers. That may never actually be released.
The biggest issue now is that people, I’d assume, have stopped caring – despite the PS4 dearly needing a racing game worth playing. Project Cars was meant to be that game, but it’s been delayed too.
Sony’s since said that the free edition hasn’t been cancelled – but that they have no timeline available.
“We are continually working on improving the server capacity to enable us to launch the PS Plus Edition as quickly as possible,” a Sony spokesperson told Eurogamer.“Although currently we do not have an update regarding the timing for the launch.”
Last Updated: February 24, 2015