For those already playing the PS4 exclusive racer, Driveclub, two big changes make their way to the game today, as not only does update 1.16 hit, but, also, the game’s servers, specifically those dealing with the challenges system, are being replaced an upgraded. Speaking of what this upgrade means for Driveclub, the team took to Facebook saying, “This will bring bigger, better challenges and improve server performance across the game.”
For those still waiting to try out the game without the full retail buy-in however, this is still pretty good news. The post continues, detailing that the server upgrades are all plan “as we continue to work to make the PlayStation Plus Edition of Driveclub possible.”
The 1.16 patch includes updates such as:
- 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.
And of course:
- Significant technical improvements will be made to enhance server connectivity and prepare for the PlayStation Plus Edition.
The troubled story of the PS4 exclusive Driveclub is not really a mystery to many. Originally meant as a launch title, free with PS Plus, the game was delayed. Then, suffering game-breaking server problems at release, the free PS Plus version was delayed even further. Since then, the game’s developer, Evolution, the studio that brought the Motorstorm series to life on PS3, has suffered lay-offs, and rumors have circulated about the PS Plus Edition’s cancelation and continued development.
Since its initial release however, it is hard to deny that Driveclub has shown quite the improvement. We will just have to wait and see if that improvement shines through enough in the PS Plus Edition to win people over, especially now that the gorgeous behemoth that is Project Cars is on store shelves as well. Are you interested in still picking up the PS Plus version of Driveclub? Did you already buy the game and have been enjoying it all along? Let us know in the comments.