It seems Sony didn’t quite expect the reception they’ve received for their recently released next-gen racer Driveclub as servers are struggling to stay online. As a result until servers are back online and stable Sony has decided to delay the PS Plus version of DriveClub which allows Plus subscribers the chance to try a decent portion of the game first before committing to the full title.
The PS Plus edition of DriveClub was supposed to launch in North America yesterday and then in Europe today but unfortunately Sony has decided to delay the release because the strain of people already trying to access the full title is proving too much for Sony’s servers.
“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,” game director Paul “Rushy” Rustchynsky explained on DriveClub’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.”
“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,” he continued.
“To our PS Plus fans, we’re sorry you’re 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.
“We fully appreciate how frustrating this is for everyone. 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.”
The full DriveClub title is expected to land on the European PlayStation 4 later today as planned and will be in store on Friday. Let’s just hope the influx of UK buyers don’t have to suffer the same fate.