Sony has confirmed that a version of the online racing game will be arriving for PlayStation Plus subscribers this week, but there are some “cautionary warnings” to users, and you’re advised to run it in offline mode to start with. All this, for a game that was supposed to have launched some six months ago.
Shuhei Yoshida, President of SCE Worldwide Studios explains:
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.
So. Basically, you’ll (hopefully) be able to get the game as early as tomorrow (in the June 25th PlayStation Store update), but there will be no servers ready for you. The online rollout – will be a “gradual process”, says 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.
The studio acknowledges that DriveClub has been designed with some pretty demanding server specs – hundreds of thousands of dynamic leaderboards and activity feeds, plus ever-growing social connections between players – so it just wants to be a bit careful.
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 and the companion app which will come after. The team at Evolution Studios is working incredibly hard to make Driveclub great for you, to get everyone to have fun racing in clubs and continue the evolution of the game with spectacular updates every month. I can’t wait to see all of you enjoying the game online together.