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DRIVECLUB PlayStation Plus Edition Details (Updated)

Jamie Brayshaw's Avatar + Posted by Jamie Brayshaw on May 07, 2014 // Community Development Manager, Evolution Studios

UPDATE: Our priority for DRIVECLUB is to enable you to play and enjoy everything it has to offer and PlayStation recognises that the prior plan for DRIVECLUB entitlement for the upgrade to the PS Plus edition was not appropriate. As a result, we have adjusted the PlayStation Plus terms for DRIVECLUB.

Now, If you intend on downloading DRIVECLUB PlayStation Plus Edition, and upgrading to the full game experience, you will have access to the full game even if your PlayStation Plus subscription runs out.

Last week we announced the release date for PS4’s first socially connected racing game – DRIVECLUB.

The response we’ve seen to the trailer is seriously overwhelming, and it’s time for some more news.

Welcome to the first of three DRIVECLUB updates this week. DRIVECLUB PlayStation Plus Edition has been a hot topic since its announce, so today’s video (the first of three) should answer most of your questions about the actual content included in this edition compared to the Blu-ray version.

One of the recurring questions we keep seeing is about the scale of the PlayStation Plus Edition. The simple answer is that with an active PlayStation Plus subscription, you can download DRIVECLUB PlayStation Plus Edition, which comes with one location (India), 11 tracks, 10 cars and access to all game modes.

But why did we choose to offer this particular selection of the game to PlayStation Plus subscribers for free?

DRIVECLUB is inherently next gen. It’s about accessibility for all and building a community of gamers who love online play. DRIVECLUB PlayStation Plus Edition is designed to be a quick and easy way for gamers all over the world to join the DRIVECLUB community. You can take part in all the game modes, set, send and compete in challenges, and race online against others in the DRIVECLUB community.

We think you’ll have a lot of fun playing DRIVECLUB once it launches on October 7th, digitally via the PlayStation store and on Blu-ray at your local retailer. If you’re an active PlayStation Plus subscriber and have been playing the PlayStation Plus Edition, but decide you want the full DRIVECLUB experience, you can purchase a one-time upgrade for $49.99. This will give you access to all five locations, 55 tracks, 50 cars and all 50 tour events, as long as your PlayStation Plus subscription remains active.

If you’re not an active PlayStation Plus member, you can still get DRIVECLUB via the PlayStation Store or your local retailer on Blu-ray.

Stay tuned because there’s more content coming tomorrow with the ‘Clubs’ video, explaining why they’re crucial to making DRIVECLUB distinctly different.

Friday’s episode is all about challenges – why we love ‘em, what they give you and importantly, how they’ll make the game infinitely more networked and fun to play in your Club.

Over and out.

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+ Wario64 on May 7th, 2014 at 11:33 am said:

Is a Platinum trophy obtainable with the PS+ version only?


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+ gosox on May 7th, 2014 at 11:34 am said:

Can not wait to play.


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+ Shinra_Soldier7 on May 7th, 2014 at 11:35 am said:

@1 Yes the Platinum trophy is obtainable with the PS Plus version. Pretty cool that you can do so. Looking forward to this game.


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+ US_ARMY on May 7th, 2014 at 11:37 am said:

Great News! Not only can people play it for free, you can essentially purchase the game for $49.99 rather than $59.99 as long as you are a plus member! Good Deal!


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+ vanwinkle on May 7th, 2014 at 11:39 am said:

The upgrade is seriously, truly, one of the dumbest things I’ve ever heard. Like, are you serious? You save TEN DOLLARS off the regular price, AND you can only play that version WHILE you’re a PS+ member.

How on earth do you even justify that?


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+ thezenguy on May 7th, 2014 at 11:40 am said:

what is free? the game or the the tracks,cars moves etc, available day 1? and will it support gt5 driving wheel?


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+ duffyboy1986 on May 7th, 2014 at 11:40 am said:

Jamie Brayshaw can we get a playable demo of this game in the summer.Any response on this would be well appreciated.Thanks


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+ tripal36 on May 7th, 2014 at 11:40 am said:

Will the online be inter-connected with both the PS Plus edition and the retail version, or is that feature unique to each player base?


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+ androvsky on May 7th, 2014 at 11:42 am said:

$50 for the upgrade and it expires if your PS+ subscription lapses? PS+ has never done that before, it’s always been you get to keep anything you pay for. Is this going to be a regular thing from now on?


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+ morhinapg on May 7th, 2014 at 11:43 am said:

Why is the upgraded PS+ version only available while you retain your PS+ subscription? All other discounted software remains available after you lose your subscription. It’s just the free stuff that should only be available while you have your subscription.


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+ xHeavYx on May 7th, 2014 at 11:43 am said:

How about a trailer with American cars ?


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+ djnekoko on May 7th, 2014 at 11:43 am said:

You’ll need to clarify the PS+ cost and sub requirement.
Spending $50 on the game and requiring a persistent subscription afterwards flies in the face of every other PS+ title discount offered.
I’m hoping this is just misworded or a mistake.


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+ IMAWIN on May 7th, 2014 at 11:44 am said:

So basically it’s a glorified demo. And a $50 upgrade only if you remain a PS+ member. A $30 upgrade I could maybe understand. But That’s almost full retail price that you lose if you quit PS+.


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+ Zezzler on May 7th, 2014 at 11:44 am said:

By far my most anticipated PS4 game this year! Cannot wait!


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+ MarinoBrea on May 7th, 2014 at 11:45 am said:

Wheel support?


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+ infinite_pest on May 7th, 2014 at 11:47 am said:

guys losing the game if your sub lapses is MESSED UP

a $10 discount is not worth potentially losing access to a title

you’re not giving away a free instant game collection title, this is someone paying $50 on top of a monthly or yearly sub

this NEEDS TO CHANGE

it’s sketchy as heck


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+ bmbnbs on May 7th, 2014 at 11:47 am said:

I have no plans of letting my PS+ sub run dry, and I appreciate the ability to save $10 upgrading digitally, but is there, in fact, a reason the two are linked together? Other purchases made with a Plus discount are playable if ones subscription lapses, how is this different?

Just curious! And regardless, thanks for the clarification all together.


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+ DarkHowl on May 7th, 2014 at 11:48 am said:

“…you can purchase a one-time upgrade for $49.99. This will give you access to all five locations, 55 tracks, 50 cars and all 50 tour events, as long as your PlayStation Plus subscription remains active.”

Please tell me that this is just worded poorly. Am I to understand that you can only play the $50 upgrade as long as you have PS+? If so, that’s downright terrible and should be in size 40 bold and underlined print on the very first line when viewing this upgrade option on the PS Store as to not mislead anyone.
If I pay for the upgrade, that should be viewed as a PS+ discount and not be tied to PS+ in any way other than to play online.

That being said, I’m still willing to check out the PS+ Edition when it releases. Looks like a fun game and the PS4 could use a good racing game.


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+ MarinoBrea on May 7th, 2014 at 11:48 am said:

Wait a minute…if you choose to do the digital upgrade, you can’t play the game if the PS+ sub expires? tell me that (nonsense) is not what I’m reading….


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+ tehkeemo on May 7th, 2014 at 11:48 am said:

Will there be an option to purchase DriveClub on PSN for $59.99 which won’t require PS+ subscription in order to play all the content in the game?


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+ ninth_prey on May 7th, 2014 at 11:48 am said:

Not really happy about that upgrade option. Seems kinda cheap to me. My subscription dropped once while unemployed and ibwas able to keep what I bought. If this is how its going to be from now on with digital games I buy then im sticking with hard copy. Shady, VERY shady.


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+ rcastudios on May 7th, 2014 at 11:49 am said:

Wow this is rather disappointing but expected. The upgrade shouldn’t be anywhere near $50, and the free content offering should be more than one fifth of tracks and cars. This will have to be a truly awesome game for me to want to buy it. I’ll enjoy the free version but it seems very content incomplete now as compared to the full version. If this is what we can expect from big name PS+ titles just stick with the indie’s as they have been great.


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+ IMAWIN on May 7th, 2014 at 11:49 am said:

For the people thinking the $50 upgrade is misworded, it’s not. It even says it in the video. It makes it sound like it’s an in-game purchase rather than a store purchase.


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+ terminode on May 7th, 2014 at 11:49 am said:

So not only did you guys repeatedly mislead (and arguably straight up lie) about the content of the PS+ Edition of Drive Club, but you’re charging $50 for the upgrade when the full game (which doesn’t expire with your PS+ subscription and retains a little of its resale value) will invariably hit the same or lower price within two weeks of release. And it’s going to be nearly a year late.

This is pretty rotten, Sony.


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+ LebGuns on May 7th, 2014 at 11:49 am said:

$50 for the whole upgrade? What a ridiculous price. Might as well pay an extra $10 and get the whole game on disk.


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+ T3DV0L70L1N4 on May 7th, 2014 at 11:52 am said:

Sorry, I just have to echo the questions of a few other people on here…

After paying $50 to upgrade to the full version, why would access expire if your PS+ subscription lapses? The current model for PS+ purchases is that as long as you spend money on a piece of content, that content is still fully accessible if your subscription expires.


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+ dodgedoors on May 7th, 2014 at 11:52 am said:

WOW I hope the wording is just wrong or you’re gonna get flayed here guys.


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+ tehkeemo on May 7th, 2014 at 11:54 am said:

@26 Read this:

“…you can purchase a one-time upgrade for $49.99. This will give you access to all five locations, 55 tracks, 50 cars and all 50 tour events, as long as your PlayStation Plus subscription remains active.”

If Im not mistaken it means that you are required to keep PS+ active in order to play what you paid for ($50)…


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+ AizawaYuuichi on May 7th, 2014 at 11:54 am said:

@ the PS+ sub situation: This is most likely because either the game has become online-only, or a lot of the content won’t be accessible offline. And since you need a PS+ sub to play online, you will need one to access all, or a majority, of the content. And either way, if you buy this game, wouldn’t you be wanting to play it online, which you need PS+ to do anyway? Why would you let your sub lapse while actively playing this game?


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+ oversevethousand on May 7th, 2014 at 11:57 am said:

This is kind of… not good at all. This doesn’t really sound at all like what was initially being promised, and this whole $50 “upgrade” sounds like a workaround to get people to get DLC for the Plus version that makes it the full game tied to PS+ instead of having people just getting the full game.

Really kind of gross guys.


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+ Ascully on May 7th, 2014 at 11:59 am said:

If you’re an active PlayStation Plus subscriber and have been playing the PlayStation Plus Edition, but decide you want the full DRIVECLUB experience, you can purchase a one-time upgrade for $49.99. This will give you access to all five locations, 55 tracks, 50 cars and all 50 tour events, as long as your PlayStation Plus subscription remains active.
If you’re not an active PlayStation Plus member.

This has to be misworded. They can’t make you pay $50 and then when your PS+ sub runs out the game you paid for ceases to work. I guess the workaround here is to get the Blu-Ray.


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+ Newleet on May 7th, 2014 at 11:59 am said:

Perhaps they’re treating the upgrade as DLC? If we buy DLC for a game we got on IGC, we lose access to upon sub expiration, as the base game is no longer valid. Not a very nice approach though, considering the price.


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+ the_FREELANCER on May 7th, 2014 at 12:00 pm said:

If I’m reading this right (and hearing according to the video) who in their right mind would buy the $50 upgrade and not own the game? Seems odd…


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+ gus_xl on May 7th, 2014 at 12:01 pm said:

So you have to pay $50, and you can lose the game too? Who on earth would actually do that? Did the guy who came up with that just have his wife leave him? Is he mad at the world for some reason? Why hasn’t anyone taken away his ‘Oh oh, I have a good idea!’ privilege?


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+ dodgedoors on May 7th, 2014 at 12:03 pm said:

after reading @29′s posting I have to agree with him. I will play the plus version and if I want more I will buy the disc. That way when I am done I will make money off of it by selling used. If it was a more reasonable $25-$30 (like a week one ps plus discount) I would do this upgrade.


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+ IBolinha75Br on May 7th, 2014 at 12:04 pm said:

Whatt ??? $50 for upgrade and i need keep my ps sub actuve just to play a game already paid $50 ?

No thank you , pre order cancelled, im gonna play the free version…


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+ Yurinka on May 7th, 2014 at 12:06 pm said:

Are you kidding me? To pay $50 for unlocking the full game but it’s only going to work while my PS+ is active? Man, if I purchase a game paying its full price I expect it to work forever, not to rent it! NO WAY!

As a big fan of the Motorstorm games I was looking forward ang going t purchase the full game to support you, but now I have a reason to don’t play and don’t purchase the upgrade of the PS+ version! Hell, now I’m even thinking to don’t buy the retail game!

I don’t want this abusive stuff to be spread to other PS games, so I hope it fails really hard.


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+ Hitokiri_03 on May 7th, 2014 at 12:06 pm said:

$50 for the DRM edition IoI

This is pathetic.


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+ maxcoronel2014 on May 7th, 2014 at 12:07 pm said:

50 bucks for the upgrade? Thats like getting the game from scracth!
“as long as your PlayStation Plus subscription remains active.” Not sure thats the right move.
Anyway, Ill give the Plus version a try and then Ill decide for this one or Project CARS.


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+ Satnamji on May 7th, 2014 at 12:09 pm said:

Sony is treating the upgrade like DLC. In other words, I have the free version of Bioshock Infinite through my Plus membership. If I buy the season pass, I’ll only be able to access that content as long as my Plus membership is current, which gives me access to the Bioshock Infinite core game. I’m not saying it’s right in the case of DriveClub. If you pay $50 for 80% of a AAA full retail title, you should have access to it as long as you have a working PS4, Plus membership or no.


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+ PsysiX on May 7th, 2014 at 12:10 pm said:

I’m adding my voice on to how stupid this is. 1/5 of the game is a lot less than they made it sound originally, and the fact purchasing the full game as a PS+ member means you can be revoked access to your purchase is the worst stipulation ever added to PS+. That’s some shady business practices right there. This has not been a good week for PS4 owners.


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+ Dragonchasers on May 7th, 2014 at 12:13 pm said:

Jumping on the bandwagon here. The upgrade system isn’t good. We’re only saving $10; give us the full version with no strings attached.

Otherwise I’ll just wait for the inevitable sale and get it for less anyway.


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+ wolverine81 on May 7th, 2014 at 12:15 pm said:

Is DriveClub gonna have the same rubber banding problems like the Motorstorm games? Or did you guys actually update the AI?


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+ BlaqMagiq24 on May 7th, 2014 at 12:17 pm said:

Gotta throw my two cents in as well.

The one-time upgrade to full version for $50 isn’t exactly a one-time upgrade if it’s locked behind PS Plus. That’s worse than putting multiplayer behind a paywall. Just to keep playing it people will have to pay $50 every year. That logic makes no sense.

I will be getting Plus during the summer but I’ll be getting the physical version of this game.


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+ rburns17 on May 7th, 2014 at 12:18 pm said:

Well that a complete joke. What happened to, “same as the full version minus a few cars and track,” and, “upgrade to the full version for a small fee?” Looks like I’ll go for The Crew instead.


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+ Dlilith on May 7th, 2014 at 12:18 pm said:

Good! I was waiting so much for this game! But… Playstation plus will almost a Demo for free? And the I have to spend $50 for the full game and IF I don’t have plus I can’t play my game that i payed $50 dollars?! For real!? That’s a bad deal =P

I understand at least that it’s better fo the game developer, but… that sucks =( But… Anyway… Thanks for the free “demo”… I’ll try to enjoy it when it realeases!


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+ Killthee on May 7th, 2014 at 12:20 pm said:

So wait…. if I decide to fork over $50 for the upgrade and my sub expires I lose access to the game I paid $50 for?

If that’s the case, then no thank you. I’ll be avoiding any similar “deals” and the games they are tied to.


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+ tbx59 on May 7th, 2014 at 12:21 pm said:

This has to be a joke, right? Last year this was promised as almost the entire content and a small upgrade fee. Now it’s a demo and 50 buck upgrade fee and tied to ps+? You lost a customer and this has really soured me on all the positive momentum Sony had going for it last year. Please rectify this and live up to your promises.


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+ Natureboy99 on May 7th, 2014 at 12:22 pm said:

I think you guys are asking too much for the upgrade. Project CARS is coming out a month later with Morpheus support. I know someone will say they are “fundamentally different” but comon. They are both car driving games with online multiplayer and great graphics. It’s like saying Coke is fundamentally different from a Pepsi.

At this price I won’t be buying the upgrade.


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+ avanfreak23 on May 7th, 2014 at 12:26 pm said:

i totally agree with #5

this is really lame, ok you get a PS+ limited version to play free ok, but upgrade cost $50, but you cant play it if you are not PS+ member? so where is my $50? you should let me access to that since i BOUGHT IT. Now i would like to know from where is this coming, PS+ should continue giving FULL games, not extended demos, if so what’s the point of PS+? Since you are probably going forward with this plan i will tell you what i will plan to do, i will play the PS+ edition and buy the FULL version at retail when it it at $20 or less, or get it really cheap on one of these PSN sales.

I don’t plan to troll or being rude at all, but I will not support your plan, sorry PS+ but this time i feel bad for what you are doing. i might support it it the upgrade was cheaper than $50, i hope you guys reconsider. PS+ should keep the way it is


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