The long-awaited trial version of Evolution Studios’ Driveclub finally hits the PS4 tomorrow
Sony and Evolution Studios announced today on the PlayStation Blog that the much-anticipated and long-awaited PlayStation Plus version of Driveclub will finally be available tomorrow.
After putting the game up on the PlayStation Store briefly during the weekly update on Tuesday and then taking it down, Evolution stated via Facebook that it was a mistake and it wasn’t supposed to go live yet.
“The Store update today with the DRIVECLUB PS+ Edition was premature,” stated the Facebook post. “The servers aren’t ready yet, so it’s been removed while we get them ready. Apologies on their behalf for any confusion and inconvenience caused.”
This led many gamers to speculate whether the game would be coming as part of July’s PlayStation Plus lineup. But now we know that isn’t the case and that the game will be available tomorrow on the PlayStation Store.
The game released Oct. 7, 2014 and was supposed to launch alongside a free trial for PlayStation Plus members, but due to several network issues and other problems, many of the game’s features were disabled on day one. This led to Evolution and Sony postponing the PlayStation Plus edition.
Over the last nine months, Evolution Studios has been hard at work improving the servers and making sure everything is up and running before launching the trial version. The full game is currently being offered as a digital download to PlayStation Plus members for $24.99 and $39.99 for non-members.
Because of all the issues with the network servers, Evolution says they will be rolling out online play slowly for the PlayStation Plus version of the game to ensure functionality isn’t lost.
“Starting on Thursday, all PlayStation Plus members can download Driveclub PS Plus Edition and begin playing the offline mode,” said Shuhei Yoshida, president of SCE Worldwide Studio in the PlayStation Blog post. “Also starting Thursday, we will be rolling out online access to the Driveclub PS Plus Edition and will steadily bring more and more players online while continuously ensuring that all game systems are running smoothly. 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.”