DriveClub's on-going server issues have been driving its patient PS4 players around the bend lately, having been plagued with constant connection woes since its belated launch last week. Not exactly ideal, considering its online social features are supposed to be among its main selling points.
Evolution Studios have been working tirelessly to resolve these crippling issues, however, and their latest statement on FaceBook confirms that progress is being made after implementing several upgrades:
After more successful upgrades and updates to the servers today, performance continues to improve and more of you will be able to play online together.
We're still working, and will be around the clock, to keep improving social connectivity and online play, and we are pleased to say we have also added in friendly leaderboards now.
We will have info about more updates to the game and the servers soon. In the mean time, while this work continues, we are also paying attention to all of the feedback and comments you're sharing with us too – so please keep sharing so that we can keep improving the game and giving you more to play for.
This follows their previous update stating a "steady increase in performance" which helped get more players online:
Continual upgrades to the DRIVECLUB servers are building a steady increase in performance, meaning that we're getting more and more players connected.
The next server update is coming within 24 hours and will mean we can start to switch on more of the online features, so that you will be able to play more of DRIVECLUB online.
We are sorry that we don't have more concrete news to share right now, but please be patient. We will have more information for you tomorrow.
It's an embarrassing situation for such a hotly anticipated title that's so reliant on its online features, to say the least – so much so that Evolution's has even considered offering compensation to players for the frustration when probed by a disgruntled player.
@pauldshelley We're considering all of our options right now.
— Paul Rustchynsky (@Rushy33) October 12, 2014
— Paul Rustchynsky (@Rushy33) October 13, 2014
At the time of writing, it appears to be pot luck whether or not you can connect to DriveClub online and play it how it was primarily designed to be played.
Worse still, there's still no word on the whereabouts of the free-to-play PlayStation Plus version, which has been postponed since its initially planned release last week. Releasing it as part of today's PSN Store update seemed possible, but alas it was conspicuously absent without explanation.
Have you been able to connect online in DriveClub? If not, has the offline Tour mode been keeping you occupied?