The latest 1.14 update is set to deploy in DriveClub tomorrow on April 21st, bringing with it a host of player-requested improvements, a brand new game mode and of course this month's installment of coveted car content.
Along with the already-announced LaFerrari, which will be free to anyone who reaches rank 5 of the Ferrari Owners Club Driver accolade (at this point I realise I have my work cut out as I've only reached level 3), the Turbo pack consists of the following turbo-charged beauties: the Ferrari F40, Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, Dodge Charger SRT8, Jaguar XKR-S Coupé and Volkswagen Design Vision GTI, which recently debuted in Gran Turismo 6.
For me, the legendary Ferrari F40 is the clear standout, even if it was rather predictable – the inclusion of its ugly F50 sister was clearly paving the way for the F40's arrival, but at least DriveClub is starting to add some more classic cars in amongst the more modern machines.
Don't forget too that the MotorStorm Buggy was also released as a surprise free April Fools download. That's a lot of car content in one month.
Of course, it wouldn't be a DriveClub update without a free car to play with, and this month is no exception. April's update unlocks the free-to-download Rimac Automobili Concept_One, a two seater, electric sports car manufactured by Croatian company Rimac. Technically, it's already featured in mobile racer Asphalt Airborne 8, but, as far as I'm aware, this does still represent its console racing game debut. Once again, Evolution are on top form with their inspired car selection, and continue to surprise us every month adding cars you rarely see in racing games. Clearly, this is a team who know their cars.
As always, there's far more to enjoy than a handful of new cars in the new update. Chief new addition is the new Multiplayer Race Replays, allowing you to playback any heated online race and save it for viewing later in DriveClub's excellent replay mode.
Another three new tour packs have also been added for those who like to tackle the single player tours: the Startline Tour Pack, Turbocharged Tour Pack and Evolution Tour Pack. The former is available for free and contains 11 new events designed for newcomers to DriveClub "based on some of the most popular and entertaining events from elsewhere in the game."
The Turbocharged Tour Pack, on the other hand, is included as part of the Turbocharged Expansion Pack available for season pass holders or sold separately, adding another 11 new events designed to showcase the cars featured in the Turbocharged Car Pack. Finally, the Evolution Tour Pack contains an additional 12 events, and is available to buy separately or as part of the season pack.
Five months on, and there's still plenty to keep DriveClub players occupied – it's going to take a considerable amount of time to plough through all this extra content. In fact, there's now so many new events the entire tour has probably doubled in size since launch: I've finished the initial tour, but barely had time to scratch the surface of all the additional packs. In all honestly, if you're a fan of DriveClub you would do well to purchase the season pass – it's one of the better value season passes I've seen in recent memory.
Here's a full breakdown of everything DriveClub players have to look forward to in April's mammoth update from Evolution:
Full details of Update 1.14 follow:
» Adds the Ferrari LaFerrari to your Garage! Complete Rank 5 of the "Ferrari Owners Club" Driver Accolade to earn access to this car for use in all areas of the game.
» The Startline Tour is available for free and features 11 events and 45 objectives. This Tour mainly serve as a varied and well balanced introduction to DRIVECLUB and is based on some of the most popular and entertaining events from elsewhere in the game.
» Adds a new Audio Settings option to change the acoustic settings for all cockpit cameras, so that you can change between internally recorded sound or externally recorded sound.
» Adds a new Single Event option to change the number of laps in a Race to any number from 1 to 25 laps.
» Includes general improvements to the game for better performance, stability and usability.
Update 1.14 Add-ons (coming to PlayStation®Store April 28-30):
» The Rimac Automobili Concept_One, coming to PlayStation®Store as a free download.
» The Turbocharged Car Pack includes: Ferrari F40, Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, Dodge Charger SRT8, Jaguar XKR-S Coupé and Volkswagen Design Vision GTI.
» The Turbocharged Tour Pack includes a special bonus Livery, awarded when you collect 45/45 stars.
» The Evolution Tour Pack includes 12 new Events and 5 new Trophies.
» 2 new livery packs, coming to PlayStation®Store as a premium/Season Pass add-on. Each Livery Pack contains 5 new livery patterns to customise your cars with.
Important developments to be aware of (coming after 1.14):
» More server upgrades: We are continuing to make the server changes required to improve online performance and enable the release of the PS+ Edition and the DRIVECLUB companion app. We will have more news on this soon.
» There's a new SHAREfactory™ Theme for DRIVECLUB which you can download for free from PlayStation®Store. It's out today in Europe and coming on Apr 23rd in Asia & Apr 27th in America.
» More Game Updates! Please keep sharing your feedback about DRIVECLUB with us to help the game continue to evolve around you.
Which car are you looking forward to driving most in the Turbocharged Car Pack?