After waiting since forever – well, more like waiting since 2013 – gamers who wanted to get their hands on the Driveclub PlayStation Plus Edition will finally be able to do so on June 25th, tomorrow. The PS Plus Edition will finally be made available for PS4 owners.
Over on the PlayStation Blog president of worldwide studios, Shuhei Yoshida, rolled out a very careful post explaining how Sony and Evolution Studios would be handling Driveclub for PS Plus users, writing...
Starting on Thursday, all PlayStation Plus members can download DRIVECLUB PS Plus Edition and begin playing the offline mode. 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.
That's fairly smart on their end to enable people to download the game but only be able to access the offline mode at first. I'm sure some gamers are probably duly frustrated with not being able to hop online and play everything that the PS Plus Edition of the game has to offer but Sony hoping to scale back on the servers being overloaded and crashing makes the most sense in this scenario.
It also speaks to some of the problems of the digital-centric gaming culture where gamers are required to hop online to get games. Purchasing and playing a game from retail or loading it from a disc cuts down on the hassle of trying to get online, get in line and then wait in line in order to play a game. Although, the whole roll-out of being able to download Driveclub's PS Plus Edition and play offline should alleviate some of the stress that the servers will undoubtedly undergo once the game goes live on Thursday.
This particular edition of the game has been highly anticipated by the PlayStation gaming audience and they've been ecstatic about the free version arriving.
Following the availability of the free version of the game to play in offline mode, the servers will slowly roll out to various members as the online mode is made available.
Things really tipped the scale when the PS Plus Edition of Driveclub was accidentally leaked just a day before on the PlayStation Store. This followed a recent post from Evolution Studios mentioning that the game would be making an appearance on the store very soon for PlayStation Plus subscribers.
This is one of those games that had a really rocky time on the market, but to the credit of Evolution Studios they've been working really hard to pull it back tight and get it working properly for gamers. They're also finally delivering on a promise that was made a couple of years ago. So it's nice to see these things come to fruition.