Hey Sony, where’s my free DriveClub?
A long time ago, in a galaxy far away, DriveClub was supposed to be one of the launch titles for the PS4 at the end of 2013. And a “light” version of it was supposed to be free for PS+ users.
We all know what happened then: the launch was significantly delayed, first one time for “February 2014”, and then a second time to “October 2014”.
Ultimately, the game was released, but suffered significant issues due to server overload. And, more importantly, the PS+ free version was nowhere to be seen.
DriveClub Playstation Plus Edition could be delayed further
1 year and a half later, PS+ members are left with a “more news coming soon for the PS+ edition” message on facebook, with the promise (from both Sony and Evolution studios) that they are working hard on it. This is, to say the least, a bit frustrating. Especially after 18 months of delay.
More worrying, about a month ago, Sony announced some layoffs in Evolution studio. Firing a bunch of people doesn’t seem like the right way to deliver the project faster…
Now, let’s be fair: communication from Sony and the developers Evolution studios has been very clear on the various delays, and to be honest I’m not sure I even “expect” the PS+ edition anymore at this point. Rather, I’ll accept it as a nice bonus when it comes out.
But there’s still the issue that, potentially, several PS4 owners have subscribed to Playstation Plus for the sake of playing DriveClub. To these people, the regular delays might have been a good reason to be convinced to stay on PS+ one more year, rather than, maybe, the 3 initial months they were planning on staying. I’m just sayin’, this was *the* big PS4 game for PS+ users, and there haven’t been that many other PS+ releases to make it up for it (well, infamous and Injustice were very nice AAA titles in December and January).
What could Sony do to make it up to Playstation Plus members?
So, what could Sony do to make it up to us PS+ members for the delay? Here are a few suggestions from me:
- The PS+ version of DriveClub (whenever it comes out) should be the full version of the game, not a limited one
- The PS+ version of DriveClub should be released in addition to the two other games of the month
- A 75% discount on DriveClub full version, for PS+ members who want to get it now
- Sony should release one free PS+ AAA title for PS4 every month that DriveClub PS+ is not available
I feel those suggestions, at least the first three ones, are extremely reasonable and fair. What do you guys think? Any other suggestions of what Sony could do to apologize for the delay in the DriveClub Playstation Plus Edition?