We've said it before, and we'll say it again: Evolution's post-release support of DriveClub has been nothing short of exemplary. At one point the game was close to being a write-off, but subsequent updates have slowly restored it into one of the most compulsive racing games in recent memory. Each month has seen a truckload of new quality content, and we can't stop coming back for more. March is no exception.
This week saw the reveal of arguably the best DLC pack to date: the Lamborghini expansion pack, due later this month. However, next week also marks the release of the next game update, and it's a substantial one. In what is arguably the most significant update since the dynamic weather update, V1.12 will finally add replays. For now, they will only be available in single player races, but a future patch will add support for online multiplayer replays too. Photo mode can also be activated during replays.
There are other interesting updates, too. The Ferrari 599XX Evoluzione, previously only available in online multiplayer, can now be unlocked for diligent players who have reached rank 50, and there are a number of game-enhancing tweaks, such as refinements to the Drift mode's scoring system, options to change the AI cars to match yours and other UI improvements.
And just when you thought the visuals couldn't possibly look any more eye-watering, Evolution have taken the time to enhance the atmospheric effects; "improving heathaze and introducing mirages, which are visible on the road when light is refracted by hot air." Now that's dedication.
A trailer offers a tantalysing glimpse of this month's content updates, including a look at the replay controls and cinematic camera angles, as well as revealing what free car you'll be getting. This month it's the Peugeot Onyx, the French firm's crazy concept hybrid supercar. Yes, that's yet another new manufacturer in DriveClub for those that complain about the lack of variety, and while it isn't technically the first time the it's been featured in a game (that title belongs to Asphalt 8: Airborne), it is the first time it has featured in a console game.
You can find the complete changelog for V1.12 below, which is set to deploy next week.
» Adds Replays to the game for all Single Events and Tours. You can now save a Replay at the end of any single player event and view it later from the Replays section.
» Introduces a new Driver Level 50 reward: You can now unlock the Ferrari 599XX Evoluzione for your Garage!
» Adjusts the drag reduction when veering off road, so that accidentally leaving the track slows you down more gradually.
» Adds the option to control screen brightness in-game (new Display Option).
» Adds the option to make the AI opponents in a Single Event drive in the same car as the one the player chooses.
» Removes the voicechat icon for any player you have chosen to mute in Multiplayer while you are driving.
» Adds status information about friends playing DRIVECLUB™ to the Social Hub.
» Adds support for live streaming via Twitch and Ustream while playing Multiplayer.
» Includes more minor bug fixes, performance improvements and usability tweaks.
Update 1.12 Add-ons (coming to PlayStation®Store March 24-26):
» Adds support for the Peugeot Onyx Concept, coming to PlayStation®Store as a free download.
» The Lamborghini Car Pack includes: Lamborghini Aventador LP 720-4 50° Anniversario, Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4, Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Squadra Corse and Lamborghini Veneno.
» Adds support for the Pacesetter Tour Pack, coming to PlayStation®Store as a premium/Season Pass add-on.
» Adds support for 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 1.12):
» Continual server upgrades: to keep improving online stability and performance for all current players and to enable the
» Private lobbies: Development of Private Lobbies for Multiplayer is ongoing alongside development of server improvements.
» Lots more cars: We're only half way through the Season Pass that runs to July and we have many more commonly requested cars and manufacturers coming to DRIVECLUB!
» Additional audio options for cockpit camera.