Evolution has announced plans to delay the release of DriveClub’s PlayStation Plus Edition in an effort help relieve issues currently being experienced by the game’s servers.
The PS Plus Edition had initially been due to arrive in North America yesterday alongside the full game. However, to “ease the load and traffic to the servers”, Evolution says it is “temporarily holding back” the release of the free download.
“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,” reads a message posted by game director Paul Rustchynsky on the game’s official Facebook page. “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.”
Rustchynsky says that he is sorry that PS Plus players are “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.”
A revised ETA on the PlayStation Plus Edition has not been provided.
“We fully appreciate how frustrating this is for everyone,” he continues. “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.
“Sorry again for the difficult start. We’ll keep you regularly updated on our progress as we work round the clock to improve connectivity.”
DriveClub – and, if everything goes to plan, its PS Plus Edition – arrives in the UK this Friday, October 10. Want to know what it’s like when the servers are up and running? Head through here for our review.