Evolution Studios has outlined exactly what we can expect from DriveClub Plus Edition, a free-to-play version of the long-delayed PS4 racer exclusive to PlayStation Plus subscribers.
DriveClub Plus Edition will include one location (India), 11 tracks, 10 cars and, crucially, all game modes. Think of it as a feature-packed glorified demo.
Players can then opt to upgrade to the full version for €49.99/$49.99/£42.99, which is said to include five locations, 55 tracks, 50 cars and all 50 tour events – it's unclear whether the retail version will contain any extra content. 50 cars may sound somewhat skimpy, but then don't forget it does take seven months to model a car in DriveClub from start to finish.
A new video explains the distinction between the DriveClub PS Plus and retail editions:
However, the downside is that if you lose your Plus subscription, you'll no longer have access to DriveClub even if you paid to upgrade to the full version. Unsurprisingly, the community hasn't taken the revelation well, expressing their anger in various corners of the internet such as NeoGAF and Reddit. Indeed, it does seem daft – it would be more logical to offer the upgrade as a discount incentive to Plus users without penalising them.
The solution: if you want access to the full version of DriveClub, just buy the retail or PSN version. Bare in mind, though, that you won't be able to transfer your progress from the PS Plus edition using this method.
Sony Europe also clarified that DriveClub Plus Edition won't be the only free goodie in October's Instant Game Collection.