Sony has announced that it will remove DRIVECLUB from the PlayStation Store on August 31st, 2019. This includes the base title, as well as the standalone DRIVECLUB Bikes and DRIVECLUB VR games alongside any season passes or downloadable content related to them. Furthermore, the online services for DRIVECLUB and its sister titles will be switched off on March 31st, 2020.
The unfortunate news comes from the official PlayStation Game Servers website, which posted a notice regarding the news before it was later reported by Game Informer. Exactly a year from publishing this story, the ability to play online multiplayer in DRIVECLUB and compete in challenges will cease to function. In addition, players will no longer be able to share their stats or progress onto the official in-game community leaderboards. Creating your own custom events and representing your Club online in multiplayer events or tours will also be undoable following the shutdown of DRIVECLUB services.
Sony does reassure that all single-player content will remain playable across the three main DRIVECLUB game experiences – DRIVECLUB, DRIVECLUB Bikes and DRIVECLUB VR, including the ability to earn Trophies and use your Season Pass in all offline modes. Those who own DRIVECLUB will be able to continue enjoying the single-player aspects of the game, whilst those who don’t but want to give it a test drive will need to purchase the title before it’s delisted from the PlayStation Store at the end of August this year.
Developed by Evolution Studios, the team behind MotorStorm, DRIVECLUB launched as a PlayStation 4 exclusive in 2014 and faced a myriad of online multiplayer issues in its first few months of availability. Despite this, the title was well received for its mix of arcade and sim-focused elements, as well as its diverse roster of cars and track locations. Sony announced at the beginning of 2016 that it would be disbanding the team at Evolution Studios before they were picked up by Codemasters later that same year to develop ONRUSH – a MotorStorm spiritual successor that released in June 2018 but faced issues of its own, including low sales performance which saw key team members laid off from the studio.
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