UPDATE: Driveclub PS Plus Edition is finally here. If you're in Europe, head through here to grab it from PlayStation Store.
ORIGINAL STORY: Driveclub PS Plus Edition will launch tomorrow as a free download for PlayStation Plus members, Sony Computer Entertainment has announced.
DriveClub PS Plus Edition offers PlayStation Plus users access to 15 cars and all 13 tracks in the game's India location.
"After a lot of hard work from the team at Evolution Studios, I'm pleased to announce that we are making the Driveclub PlayStation Plus Edition available to all PlayStation Plus members starting on Thursday, 25th June," wrote Shuhei Yoshida, president of Worldwide Studios.
He added: "We've spent a long time preparing for this launch after some difficult and unexpected set-backs. To make absolutely certain that all players have the smoothest and most stable experience possible we are going to be duly cautious about how we release the game this time around."
This means that the launch edition of Driveclub PS Plus will feature offline mode only, with online access gradually being rolled out to players.
"Starting Thursday, we will be rolling out online access to the Driveclub PS Plus Edition and will steadily bring more and more players online while continuously ensuring that all game systems are running smoothly," explained Yoshida. "We know that this might be frustrating after your extra wait already, but hope you can understand that we are taking extra precautions to protect your experience when you do get online. We want to make sure we don't overload the servers as we invite millions of PS Plus members to download the game tomorrow."
Yoshida continued: "We have to take this precaution because Driveclub connectivity is demanding for a multiplayer game, with countless ever-growing social connections across clubs, challenges, multiplayer, and hundreds of thousands of dynamic leaderboards and activity feeds."
The previously announced companion app will launch at a later date.
"Thank you to everyone who has stood by Driveclub during the past year and for everyone who has accepted the extra wait for the PS Plus Edition," concluded Yoshida.
Well done to Sony for persisting with getting the PS Plus Edition out the door, but given server issues were the major reason for the hefty PS Plus Edition delay, what was stopping the Offline Mode Edition from launching last year?
Source: EU PS Blog