The DriveClub server debacle has certainly been a hot topic in the gaming industry as of late. It had already been a long and bumpy road with the year-long delay, so the disasterous launch of constant connection issues was the last thing Evolution Studios needed. Thankfully, there now appears to be light at the end of the tunnel. Nearly two weeks after its initial launch, DriveClub is finally close to actually working as advertised.
As server updates continue, Evolution has stated that "the majority of DRIVECLUB players should now be able to connect and play online" in an update posted on their FaceBook page last week. In theory, once connected all aspects of DriveClub should now work as advertised :"When you do get connected you can go online, play for your club, use your club cars, play multiplayer races, compete in face-offs, and compare your best times and scores with everyone on the leaderboards. "
DriveClub still isn't out of the woods yet, though. We've since received a review copy, but at the time of writing I've so far managed to successfully compete in one online race issue-free. Other attempts to join an online multiplayer race resulted in the session timing out, or the game simply wouldn't connect to the server at all, thus preventing me from accessing the club aspect of DriveClub completely. I've lost count of the number of times I've been treated to the dreaded "could not connect to DriveClub's servers" red text error scrolling across the screen mid-race in the offline Tour mode.
Indeed, while the majority of players should be able to connect online without incident, some will still find it difficult to connect during peak hours according to their latest update, which also admits that the same server issues that have been plaguing the game since launch have yet to be fully resolved: "We can see that the majority of you can now get online, but we know that at peak times of the day it can still be hard to get connected, so we are still working to improve connectivity with every update to the servers," it reads.
"We can also see that when you do get connected, some of you are having a hard time getting into multiplayer races and that posting leaderboard results can sometimes take a lot longer than you'd expect.
These connectivity issues stem from the same unforeseen server problem that we've been working to get on top of since we launched DRIVECLUB, and while we are getting on top of the problem now, we are still working round the clock to keep improving gameplay for you. This means there will be regular server updates in the coming days to get all of you connected and enjoying all of DRIVECLUB all of the time.
We will continue to keep you up to speed with the improvements we make and would like to thank you again for all of your feedback and messages about your time with the game so far – please keep them coming."
But what about the elusive PlayStation Plus Edition, I hear you ask? Well, there's still no word on its whereabouts, worryingly. "PS Plus Edition news will come as soon as we have concrete info – sorry to keep you all waiting," Evolution stated in a closing comment. Let's see what this week's PSN Store update brings on Wednesday.
Have you had any luck connecting to DriveClub online?