After a ridiculous number of delays, Sony is finally ready to release the DriveClub: PlayStation Plus Edition on the PlayStation Store today. However, Shuhei Yoshida, the President of SCE Worldwide Studios, posted a warning on the PlayStation Blog that not all features will be available to all players right away:
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.
Starting today, all players will have access to the game’s Offline Mode. But Sony and Evolution Studios plan to soft launch the game’s Online Mode with a small number of players that will slowly grow as long as all game systems continue to operate smoothly. Yoshida apologized for this new delay, but asked fans to be patient as the Online Mode of DriveClub is actually very demanding:
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.
We have to take this precaution because DriveClub connectivity is demanding for a multiplayer game, with countless ever-growing social connections across clubs, challenges, multiplayer, and hundreds of thousands of dynamic leaderboards and activity feeds.
Players will be able to monitor the status of DriveClub’s online component at the game’s official website.