Sony has reversed its decision to require an ongoing PlayStation Plus subscription to access the upgraded version of DriveClub's PS Plus Edition.

The reversal follows outcry from fans earlier this week that saw some PS4 users launch a petition for Sony to drop the PlayStation Plus requirements from the upgraded edition.

Sony initially stated that an ongoing PS Plus membership would be required for players to access the PS Plus Edition even after they'd spent £42.99 to upgrade it to the full version, with access to the game being revoked should their subscription expire.

"Our priority for DRIVECLUB is to enable you to play and enjoy everything it has to offer and PlayStation recognises that the prior plan for DRIVECLUB entitlement for the upgrade to the PS Plus edition was not appropriate," Sony said on PlayStation Blog. "As a result, we have adjusted the PlayStation Plus terms for DRIVECLUB.

"Now, If you intend on downloading DRIVECLUB PlayStation Plus Edition, and upgrading to the full game experience, you will have access to the full game even if your PlayStation Plus subscription runs out."

A PlayStation Plus membership will still be required to initially access DriveClub's PS Plus Edition, but will not be required once it's been upgraded to the full version.

DriveClub - and its PS Plus Edition - are due to launch on PS4 on October 10.