As promised, the DriveClub V1.07 update has deployed in a gargantuan download that's over 1GB, adding a host of new features and improvements to the spluttering racer.
Chief new addition is the previously promised photo mode, which allows you to pause the action using the PS4's touch pad and freely move the camera (or choose from a variety of fixed game cameras) at any point to marvel at all the pretty polygons – all 250,000 of them per car, in fact. In fact, the shot you see here was taken using the photo mode. It's great to be able to now fully appreciate the painstaking attention to detail applied to each car – you can certainly see why it took nine months to model each one from start to finish.
Also significant is the addition of three new tracks: Yedapalli in India, Los Pelambres in Chile, and Wester Ross in Scotland, all of which are available to play in reverse as well, and the dreaded collision and corner cutting penalties have been tweaked to be more forgiving.
Evolution has also outlined what we can expect from the forthcoming car DLC packs due to deploy next week – the Renault DeZir DRIVECLUB™ Edition and BMW M5 will be made available as free downloads, along with the Ignition Expansion Pack which adds the W Motors Lykan Hypersport, Caterham SP/ 300.R, KTM X-Bow R, BMW M4 and Renault Twin'Run Concept.
While these updates are certainly welcome, the core problem of server connectivity still persists. Still, hopefully this is a sign that DriveClub is starting to get on the road to recovery.
Here are the full details of Game Update 1.07:
* Adds Photo Mode to the game. You can enable Photo Mode during gameplay by pressing the right side of the Touch Pad and share your favourite pictures with the Share button.
* Adds three new tracks – all including reverse variants: Yedapalli in India, Los Pelambres in Chile and Wester Ross in Scotland.
* Adds support for the Renault DeZir DRIVECLUB™ Edition and BMW M5, 2013 to PlayStation®Store (available as free download to full game owners from Nov 25-SCEA, 26-SCEE, 27-SCEJ).
* Adds support for the Ignition Expansion Pack – which includes the Ignition Car Pack and Ignition Tour Pack – to PlayStation®Store (free download available from Nov 25-SCEA, 26-SCEE, 27-SCEJ).
The Ignition Car Pack includes 5 new cars:
Caterham SP/ 300.R
The Ignition Tour Pack includes 11 new Events and 5 new Trophies.
• Adds support for the Photo-Finish Tour Pack to PlayStation®Store (free download available from Nov 25-SCEA, 26-SCEE, 27-SCEJ).
The Photo-Finish Tour Pack includes 11 new Events and 5 new Trophies.
• Adds support for two new livery packs to PlayStation®Store (free download available from Nov 25-SCEA, 26-SCEE, 27-SCEJ).
Each Livery Pack contains 5 new livery patterns to customise your cars with.
• Changes have be made to corner cutting, corner penalties & collision penalties for balancing purposes.
• Improves the Server Announcements functionality and implements a restyled screen.
• Adds the ability to manually trigger reset-to-track by pressing the left side of the Touch Pad.
• Adds the ability to view a Club's current unlocks (Vehicles, Paint Jobs, Club Badge Shapes and Accolade Stickers).
• Integrates Player and Club Cards into various option menus.
• Adds the option to hide and unhide the results screen in order to view the post-race cameras.
• Adds Newest Clubs to the list of potential recipients when sending a Club Challenge.
• Adds the ability to search for a Club by name when sending a Club Challenge.
• Plus a number of minor bug fixes, performance improvements and usability tweaks.