Judging by Twitter chatter and early Internet opinion, Driveclub is something special. When it’s doing what it’s supposed to that is.
Central to the Driveclub experience is its integrated online and social features. You’re supposed to link with people, form clubs, race together, just be with other people. If the game’s servers buckle and die on launch day, that’s not a good thing.
Unfortunately for Evolution Studios and Sony, that’s exactly what happened. The game’s servers collapsed under strain on launch day. The server strain is apparently big enough for Sony and Evolution Studios to delay the PlayStation Plus Driveclub offering, which was supposed to be the free game (well, a substantial portion of the full game at least) for October.
After a conspicuous amount of radio silence from Evolution Studios on the matter, they eventually issued a statement via their Facebook page.
“We are seeing a lot of activity and new social behaviours right now,” the statement read, “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.”
In addition to the PlayStation Plus version being delayed, Evolution has chosen to delay the My Driveclub App in order to lessen server strain as well. They did assure everyone that those who pre-ordered the digital version upgrade from a PlayStation Plus offering, will still be able to get the game.
“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 can read the full statement over on the game’s Facebook page. The game is scheduled to launch in the UK tomorrow; here’s hoping the servers are ready for an influx of more players.
UPDATE: Evolution has issued a new Facebook update. The servers are back up but are at capacity. This means there’s a queue, but placement is random. In other words: as somebody logs off, that place is given to somebody else at random. Unfortunately their servers don’t appear to be any closer to the update mentioned in the first post.