It’s raining on Driveclub. Unfortunately I’m not talking about the much awaited weather patch, but about some quite bad news, bad enough that SCE Worldwide Studios President Shuhei Yoshida decided to post about it himself on Facebook.
Basically, Sony has deployed additional engineering resources to fix the game’s online services, but it’s “not confident” that the additional intake of players coming with the PlayStation Plus edition wouldn’t bring the system down to its knees again, so the “free” version of the game has been postponed until further notice.
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 will continue to update you on progress and you can find the latest info on the DRIVECLUB Facebook page.
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.
On behalf of WWS we are enormously grateful for your patience and we thank you for the continued support and encouragement. Again, we sincerely apologize for the delay. We are committed to giving you the best racing experience on PS4 – it’s taking a little longer than we hoped.
While the game itself is extremerly enjoyable, it’s obvious that this debacle will put a large dent in its popularity. Whether the addition of weather will manage to paint a better picture, I really don’t know. Future will tell, but for now, if you were waiting for the PS Plus Edition, you’ll have to wait longer, and it’s really a pity.