Driveclub Online Restriction Policy in Place as Server Woes Persist

Developer Evolution implements one-in-one-out rule to manage demand.

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Those who picked up a new copy of Driveclub will not be able to take the game online unless space has been freed up by others logging out.

The one-in-one-out policy is a result of the game's servers failing to manage demand just days after going on sale. These connection issues have also delayed the free PlayStation Plus edition of the game.

"We're just as frustrated as you about the server performance issues right now," the game's developer, Evolution Studios, wrote on its Facebook page.

"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."

An abridged version of the PlayStation 4 racing title--which is free to PlayStation Plus subscribers--was scheduled to launch in North America on Tuesday and across Europe on Wednesday, but neither has appeared.

The Evolution spokesperson said a further information regarding the problems will be issued later on Thursday.

"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," the studio explained.

"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 full, paid-for version of Driveclub was released across October 7 in the US, and on October 10 in the UK. GameSpot's Driveclub review was somewhat disappointed by the game, suggesting it makes no bold advances in the racing genre.

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okay0032

I only brought the game to play online. I'm cheesed off with this. We should be compensated for their error

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Snakepond1

Sony your online is a joke. Any fanboy defending them is crazy. Make a demo make a beta make something to protect and improve your shit.

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jk12324

Wow Sony, you really f'd this one up.

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money4385

You guys do understand that this is not the typical launch day blues right? Evolution is saying " We are having problems that we have never encountered before" that sounds like a big problem to me. This "server problem" they are having will not be sorted out anytime soon and the minute they think they have it sorted it will crash again. Also the longer this server patch goes on is the longer we will be waiting for the weather update. If the game was not ready to ship which ultimately is Sony's call then they should have just delayed it again. And by the time the weather patch comes out MGSV will be on its way. Basically every body will just take the free version whenever it comes out and the rest will just be forgotten about.

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guscrevelari

<< LINK REMOVED >> Oh my god. I just figured out that the weather didn't come with the game. I was questionning myself earlier, when I would play a single event, switch to '' Stormy '', and nothing would happen. Over and over. This is ridiculous. How come a game like this, in this generation of games (specially a racing game ), does not come with a god damn rain ?! I think I was loving the waiting for it to happen, but now it is just another common racing game. Jesus Christ !

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Nefercare

Hey another thing that is missing are the pre-order packs, I pre-ordered thru PSN and should've receive some bonuses with my purchase, they said " Each pack includes an exclusive livery design, instant access to a powerful supercar and a boost of fame to increase your driver level in the game and give you and your club a head start over the competition." Well none of this was there.

I like the game, but yes not being able to evolve my Club and play alone is terrible. I hope it will be fixed soon, I was waiting for this game since they announce it last year. The only thing that I didn't like at all was that it has only like 4 or 5 music tracks, are they going to put more or you will earn them?

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VegasAceVII

Take your time Evolution; once you get this resolved, no one will even recall this in a few weeks/months.

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nurnberg

I bought this game and I am really p-issed. Drivealone su-cks.

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Jinzo_111887

So much for "Requiring PS+ for online multiplayer makes it better."

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bigrod69

Sony only had a year to figure this out - you can't expect them to get everything right.

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DiamondDM13

This is a joke right? This is not exactly GTA5, and there's only like 11 million PS4's worldwide, you can't possibly be serious about this, even if half of the PS4 install base is trying to log in, that's only 5 million players. The servers can't handle that? Even after all the delays that the game had you were still not ready?

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IAmMcGruber

And I doubt the game even sold a million so far.

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Sandman338

Maybe Sony should buy a second server.

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XyXly

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Driveclub's online isn't handled by Sony's servers, and what do you mean second server? Sony and a lot of online games already have hundreds and thousands of servers.

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Sandman338

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Driveclub is a Sony exclusive made by Evolution Studios which Sony owns and Sony had to sign off on this game before it could be released so whose servers are being used?

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Gen007

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> dosen't really matter game is published by sony so they are responsible weather it's their servers or some other solution it suks and they have to hold that crap.

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SonyPony4eva

I watched Driveclub on Twitch and U-stream yesterday, and the game is graphically gorgeous and looks fun. I'm on the fence about throwing out $65 for it since you can't customize your car.

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bigrod69

<< LINK REMOVED >> Graphics are nice, but after you look at it for a few minutes then what? A dull racing game with no upgrade path doesn't sound like a great game in 2014. Personally I'm waiting for the Plus version to be posted to see if it at all lives up to the hype - but based on the many many reviews I've seen, it doesn't seem like it does.


Anywho, luckily for me I also have an XB1 and Forza Horizon 2 is probably the most fun I've ever had in racing game and playing it for maybe 20 hours over the last week it says I'm only 9% finished. If you happen to have an XB1 and you like racing games in the least, FH2 is a no-brainer.

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DrBumble

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> I too own both consoles and frankly Driveclub is HORRIBLE


Feels like a PS1 era racer with nice graphics, and even then when you consider FH2 is open world, it only just looks better


Utterly woeful experience

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Gen007

<< LINK REMOVED >> The graphics are literally the only good part of driveclub id save the money really. Wait for project cars maybe? buts that's gonna be full sim not simcade like this is.

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TheFreshPeddler

@sonypony4eva -its $50 for those that have plus which should be just about everyone with a ps4

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DiamondDM13

<< LINK REMOVED >> 50$? it's at 40€ for PS+ owner in Europe.

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XyXly

Why are there so many problems with this game?

First, it was toted as free, complete game for PS plus members, and was to be released November last year.

Now it's a PS-plus edition with much less content, and even being delayed AFTER the release date. Now, PS plus users can't play a quarter of the full game they expected a year ago after the release date. This is unacceptable.

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Jinzo_111887

<< LINK REMOVED >> That's one reason not to approve of Sony requiring PS+ for online multiplayer. They lowered their standards because they thought they could get away with it.

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bigrod69

<< LINK REMOVED >> Now us Plus members get a one level demo - when they said we'd be getting basically the entire game. Now we still don't even have a demo to look at with no timeline for when it will be available. Terrible launch, mediocre reviews and a reminder that graphics aren't the most important thing in video games - having fun and depth is.

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Jinzo_111887

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> The PS+ requirement for online multiplayer is one way to suck fun out of games, especially when you can't access the online multiplayer portion of the games.

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SnakeEyesX80

@xyxly I agree! I remember when they said the game would be completely free for PS+ subscribers with only a few things missing. Well apparently a few things missing is 3/4 of the game. It only has a handful of tracks and cars, basically a demo. Then they delayed it almost an entire year and this is what we get: server issues, delayed (again!) PS+ verison and less content. They're adding a replay function and many more standard features via updates?! This is madness. The game wasn't even ready after a year delay from what it looks like now.

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wookiegr

Donations of your used computers can be made at any Sony Store. Donations will be made for the "save our shitty online service" fund.

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SnakeEyesX80

@wookiegr Most games are running on third party servers (Battlefield uses EA's servers, Uplay for Ubisoft games, etc). Sony doesn't really have any control over Evolution's servers. This is a developer problem.


They should have leased some servers in anticipation for this exact issue and bring them online quickly. Then decide how many servers they need to purchase to meet demand, return the leased servers and purchase their own. Then take the game down for a few hours to bring them online and now everything should work.


Every day they waste trying to do this, the more people will give this game a pass (until the PS+ version is released for free) and will wait for the inevitable price drop if they want the full game. Probably around Black Friday.

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Xisiuizado

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Sony is the publisher, thus the onus is on them.

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kadaverhagga

So are there like only 2-3 servers dedicated for this game or did this game actually sell well and they didn't anticipate so many trying to play online at the same time?

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SnakeEyesX80

Wow, glad I didn't spend any money on this game yet! I'll give the PS+ version a go once it's released, then I'll decide if I want to spend the money. I'm not even going to bother until these issues are resolved though. I liked The Crew beta, so maybe I'll just wait for that.

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Ndustry

This in not entriely true I got connected recently in a session and it did boot me later. So even after you connect you do have problems! One good thing however is Driveclub is such a socially ambitious game with multiplayer clubs and leaderboards that when they do fix it hopefully future Sony studios will be able to prevent these problems. It does look bad however since they were planning on releasing a free version this is a gross underestimation of server power needed lol But hopefully when they do fix this it will open the door for more Sony studios to create socially ambitious games and be able to prevent these problems!

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Action_B4stard

It will die down once Project Cars releases.

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jbraden6075

An exclusive racing simulator for the PS4 with 10 Million + PS4 in the wild and they didn't expect their game to sell this much? Why is it that companies want to push "always on" and/or multiplayer, but never have the server capacity for their consumers? EA with Sim City, Evolution with Driveclub, Trion with Archeage, the list goes on and on and on, but they are the ones trying to push "always on". Don't try to create a service that you can't even uphold. This isn't trying to bash Evolution, just the corporations in general.

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Sandman338

<< LINK REMOVED >> Didn't Microsoft say that they had 300,000 servers? What's up with Sony?

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CrusaderForever

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Yes, last I heard it was 300K.

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jbraden6075

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Microsoft has a ton of servers because their main focuses are SkyDrive (their cloud) and Xbox. I would imagine that they set up all these servers when they said they were going to be an "always on" console. Once that didn't pan out with anyone, they probably kept them for future use.


Sony has many lines of businesses and the only one requiring servers is Playstation, so they probably haven't invested as much into it. I would imagine their buyout of Geiku (spelling?) and the start of Playstation Now will help with their server numbers.

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CrusaderForever

<< LINK REMOVED >> I agree, I guess there is more money to be made by selling the game to millions and dealing with these initial problems than putting up a 1000 servers when only 500 are needed. I wish it wasn't the case.

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jbraden6075

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> I have always felt that the companies should initially eat the cost of extra servers until the population dies down. A happy customer is a lot better than a pissed off one. I'm no expert, but can't they rent servers for so long until no longer needed, then get rid of them? If not...Sounds like a business opportunity to me.