When it's released in October, a free version of Driveclub will be available for download by PlayStation Plus members. Even with the delays Evolution Studios' new racing game has seen, the developer claims this free version has not been scaled down, revealing its contents in the process.
Over on the PlayStation Blog, a user comment spotted by CVG expresses the perception that the free version has begun to sound like a less feature-packed edition of the game than we were originally led to believe it would be, "almost as if it's a demo or something. Sounds like there's a massive reduction in scope on the Plus version to try and push that retail copy."
In response, game director Paul Rustchynsky denied that this is the case. "The PlayStation Plus Edition hasn't changed," he replied. "It's hardly a demo because you get access to all of the game's features online and offline." He recently said something similar to GameSpot, telling us it's "feature-complete."
His comment went on to confirm precisely what will be included in the Plus Edition: "The difference is that you only have 10 cars and you can only race in one country (which gives you access to 5 tracks with 11 distinct variants)."
The Plus Edition was first revealed at last year's E3. Later in the year, Evolution described it as "the full game minus a few cars/tracks" and announced plans to provide a discount to those upgrading from the Plus Edition to a digital copy of the full game. GameSpot has contacted Sony to find out if this is still the case.
Driveclub was hit by yet another delay earlier this week. The game was originally scheduled for release last year before being pushed back until early 2014. Following this latest delay, it won't be available until October 7 as Evolution strives to improve the social elements of the game, which Rustchynsky told GameSpot the developer had found itself unhappy with. Driveclub won't reach the vaunted 1080p, 60fps numbers that many games are striving for; instead, it will run in 1080p at 30fps, a concession Rustchynsky says allows for the game to be home to some of the "most detailed cars" and "biggest tracks" ever seen in a racing game.