The latest V1.10 update for DriveClub has deployed, adding the five new Japan tracks that Evolution have been drip feeding us with tantalysing gameplay clips over the past week, along with a host of gameplay improvements.
Along with the five new tracks comes the addition of a new time trial online multiplayer mode and some long-awaited adjustments to the all-too aggressive AI, which was one of the last remaining criticisms I could really aim at DriveClub following its slew of updates. Looks like I'm going to have to rewrite our work-in-progress written review yet again, then.
Further adjustments have also been made to the collision physics, and wheel users will also appreciate the ability to finally use the in-game photo mode without having to inconveniently switch to a Dual Shock 4 controller. Speaking of the photo mode, further adjustments have also been made allowing you to reset damage and dirt to capture the perfect photogenic shot.
And as if DriveClub wasn't already perpetually pretty enough, Evolution have done some more tinkering with the visuals. Seemingly not happy with the dazzling dynamic weather effects, rainbows and heat haze can now be visible. Priorities, people.
You can find a full list of changes included in the V1.10 patch below, along with all five gameplay clips showcasing each new Japan track.
* Adds a new online game mode: Multiplayer Time Trial
* Nakasendo, Japan (2 variants) http://youtu.be/5pelsHntT_U
* Asagiri Hills Racetrack (3 variants) http://youtu.be/20iRyYN-I3c
* Goshodaira (2 variants) http://youtu.be/ll3Xtq6kbM4
* Improvements to the weather visuals, including rainbows and heat haze!
* Makes changes to AI drafting behaviour.
* Adds a new option to Event Settings to race without crowd, track infrastructure and corner flags.
* Windscreen wiper speeds have been changed.
* Disables overscan compensation when playing via Remote Play.
* Also includes a number of minor bug fixes, performance improvements and usability tweaks.
* Adds the option to reset damage and remove dirt when taking a photo.
* Players can now access Photo Mode while using a steering wheel via R3.
Add-ons (coming January 27-29):
* Adds support for the Icona Vulcano, coming to PlayStation®Store as a free download later in January.
This Expansion Pack includes the Apex Car Pack and Apex Tour Pack.
* Adds support for the Sakura Tour Pack, coming to PlayStation®Store as a premium download later in January.
* Adds support for 2 new livery packs, coming to PlayStation®Store as a premium download later in January. Each Livery Pack contains 5 new livery patterns to customise your cars with.
What are your impressions of the new Japan location so far? Sound your engines in the comments below.