Today Sony Computer Entertainment Product Manager Chris Brown posted on the PlayStation Blog detailing the upgrade option for the PlayStation Plus version of Driveclub, and specifying both in the post itself and in the comments that if your subscription expires you’ll lose access to the game, including the upgrade which costs $50.
That definitely didn’t go down well with many fans of the game, that are currently expressing very heated displeasure in the comments of both the North American and European PlaySytation Blogs and on several message boards and social media outlets, like Reddit and NeoGaf (on which someone is also trying to start some form of viral petition).
A large number of the comments are definitely uncharitable, and mention negatives like misleading advertisement, anti-consumer policies and worse.
Luckily not all hope of a peaceful resolution is lost, as Game Director Paul Rustchynsky mentioned on Twitter that he’s seeking a clarification on the issue, and his intervention might still cause the correction of a possible misleading phrasing or a reversal of what seems to be a definitely misguided marketing decision.
Owen also mentioned in the comments of the PlayStation Blog post that while the games that will be offered in October on PlayStation plus haven’t been decided yet, Driveclub won’t be the only free title provided to subscribers.
Of course we’ll keep you posted on whatever Rustchynsky manages to find out or to do about the issue here on DualShockers. Hopefully there will be good news soon.