"Significant" DriveClub server upgrade paves way for long-awaited PS Plus Edition

Don't call it a comeback.

DriveClub's servers will this morning be upgraded as developer Evo continues to work towards the launch of the PS Plus Edition of the game - although there's still no release date.

A "significant" server upgrade is planned for 10am this morning - and update 1.16 goes live at the same time.

The servers that provide the racing game's Challenges are being replaced and upgraded, Evo said in a Facebook post.

"This will bring bigger, better challenges and improve server performance across the game as we continue to work to make the PlayStation Plus Edition of DriveClub possible."

Challenges and Event History start afresh when the new servers go live. "You can continue to play and create Challenges before the update but please understand that any events that are still active during the update will not continue on the new servers," Evo explained.

Here are the patch notes:

  • Challenges will be expanded to support an unlimited number of participants.
  • Challenge notifications will be integrated into the Social Hub activity feed for easy access.
  • The Challenge Menu will have a new interface to make it easier to join Challenges.
  • Evolution Studios Challenges will be added to the Challenge Menu for direct and easy access.
  • Invitation options will be optimised to focus on active players and reduce challenge notification spam.
  • More of our favourite ‪#‎PS4share‬ pictures created by the community will be added to the Menus.
  • Significant technical improvements will be made to enhance server connectivity and prepare for the PlayStation Plus Edition.

DriveClub suffered from a disastrous release. Delayed, then dropped onto Sony's servers in a dire state, the title has slowly been improved by a long series of patches and free DLC.

Server problems scuppered Sony's original plans to offer the PS Plus Edition alongside the game's full retail launch, which at one point was due to happen alongside the PS4 itself.

The PS Plus Edition was announced as being "temporarily held back" in October last year. Plus subscribers have been left waiting for more news ever since.

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