Before the PS4 came out, Drive Club was one of the games that was being thrown around as a special bonus for any lucky to be on the PS Plus service. It would be a selection of the game that would be released for free that would give players a taste of the full experience. Now Drive Club is out and it is plagued with problems, the servers are crumbling under the weight of the people trying to play and the game is barely functional. It is slowly coming back online, but with all the work the development team was doing something had to give, and that thing is the PS Plus special version. In an announcement on Facebook Shuhei Yoshida let everyone know the game was delayed indefinitely.
This is not surprising seeing as the game is infamous right now for the issues, and with reviewers not loving the game it begs the question: Are people really missing out by not getting the special, “demo” version of the game?
The full message from Shuei Yoshida can be seen below:
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.