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Update 2: Driveclub Servers Down During Launch Day

by Damian Seeto

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Don’t be scared if you cannot connect to the online servers in Driveclub. This is an issue that is happening to just about everyone.

Driveclub launched today in North America, although people have noticed they cannot play the game online. Don’t be scared as the PSN is not down, nor is there a problem with your own PS4 console. The game’s servers are down at the moment while Evolution Studios are currently working out to fix the problem.

Evolution Studios has also decided to slightly delay the PlayStation Plus edition of Driveclub too. If you wanted to download the free version of the game, you cannot right now as the studio is taking priority to the servers for the actual game at the moment.

With the servers offline in Driveclub at the moment, you cannot race in multiplayer races obviously. There is no offline split-screen mode to the game as well so you can only play the game by yourself at the moment. Even changing the paint of your club colors to your own liking is an online feature only. Right now, you can only race in the “Tour” and “Single Event” modes.

We will keep you updated as to when the Driveclub servers will be back online.

Update:

The official Driveclub Facebook page announced the following about the ongoing server issues and why the PS Plus edition of the game has been delayed.

“Hi Everyone,

With DRIVECLUB, we are dedicated to delivering a dynamic and socially connected racing game that everyone can enjoy, and along the way we’re facing new challenges which we haven’t encountered as a development team before. We are seeing a lot of activity and new social behaviors right now, but unfortunately this is pushing the servers to their absolute limits.

We are sorry if you are having a hard time getting online as we know many of you are. Please be aware that the game will automatically keep trying to connect you. Once you’re online, you should have no further problems during your session.

Everyone at the studio is now working hard to get new updates ready for the game servers to improve connectivity. We will be rolling out these updates day by day and will keep you informed.

In order to help all DRIVECLUB players who have the game already, we’re temporarily holding back the PS Plus Edition and the My DRIVECLUB app to ease the load and traffic to the servers. This should give players a better chance of connecting to the game servers and, once the servers are operating well, we’ll be sure to let you know when the PS Plus Edition and My DRIVECLUB app will be available to download.

To our PS Plus fans, we’re sorry you’re having to wait longer to play, but we want to ensure that when you come on board, you get the best experience possible. Rest assured, if you’ve pre-ordered the full game upgrade from the PS Plus Edition, you will still get the full version of DRIVECLUB digitally, and if you can’t get online you’ll be able to get started offline like everybody else with single player mode as you start your DRIVECLUB tour. You’ll still be able to earn fame, unlock cars and get to grips with all of the options for playing and creating your own events and challenges – and everything you do will be synchronized with the servers when you do get connected, so you can set-up a bunch of challenges to send out to your friends as soon as you are able to join each other online.

We fully appreciate how frustrating this is for everyone. We want you to get online with your club because racing, challenging and having fun together is what the game is all about. We know that racing with your friends online is what you’ve been waiting for and we are doing everything we can to deliver that experience to you as soon as possible.

Sorry again for the difficult start. We’ll keep you regularly updated on our progress as we work round the clock to improve connectivity. We want everyone to know what’s happening so please tag your DRIVECLUB friends or SHARE this message to let them know.

– Rushy”

Update 2:

The Facebook page sent out another message:

“We’re just as frustrated as you about the server performance issues right now. We want you to be racing with clubs and having fun playing challenges, not checking facebook updates from us to see if the servers are updated yet.

We’ll have more info for you later today (Thursday) so please bear with us while we work through this.

In case you don’t already know, the servers are up and running but they are hitting their performance limits, so they won’t accept new connections until one of the current online players frees up their space (allowing another to join in their place, which happens automatically and player selection is random).

If and when you get online, you should not have any connectivity issues during the remainder of your session. When you finish and disconnect, you’ll free up a space for someone else. This is obviously not ideal, especially given that there are a lot of players waiting to connect, but that’s how it’s working right now.

The whole team here at Evolution Studios have got their shoulders to the wheel working hard to improve this situation: developing updates and upgrades to the servers – and testing these updates around the clock so that we can get them live.

We hope you can enjoy the game offline while we work to improve the server performance and get you connected – and we’re sorry that you’re having to wait to play the game online as we intended for it to be played.”

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