Sony will be pulling Driveclub, all of its DLC, Driveclub VR, Driveclub Bikes, and the season passes from the PlayStation Store and PSN starting August 31st, 2019. You’ll no longer be able to purchase any digital content for the PS4 racing game.
The news was covered over in the legal section for the game servers on the official PlayStation website, where it was further detailed that starting March 31st, 2020, the multiplayer servers and all online functionality for the Driveclub experience will cease to function. They list all of the modes that will stop working once the initiative is put into place:
So you will no longer be able to:
- Use your season pass online.
- Represent your Club online in multiplayer events or tours.
- Play online multiplayer and compete in challenges.
- Create your own events.
- Compete in leader boards, or share stats and player progress.
If you already purchased a digital version of the game you will continue to be able to play it in the offline mode. Additionally, if you purchased a season pass or DLC from the PlayStation Store, you will also continue to be able to use that content in the offline single-player mode as well. None of the multiplayer functionality will work after March 31st, 2020. And you will no longer be able to purchase any new DLC or digital versions of the game itself after August 31st, 2019.
You can check out some footage of the rain physics in Driveclub to get an idea of how much dedication Evolution Studios put into the product, courtesy of BraggestFall.
It didn’t matter how good the game looked or how solid the graphics were, it just didn’t pull in the numbers Sony wanted, so now it’s going away, just like Evolution Studios did back in 2016, as reported by GamesIndustry.biz.
This folks, is the all digital future that big corporations want to lure you into. It’s not a pretty one, it’s not a convenient one, and it’s not built around consumer trust or rights. It will erase history, it will control your choices, and it will limit your ownership. This is also the inevitable future for services like Google Stadia and Apple Arcade as well. One day you’ll have it, and the next day you won’t.
(Thanks for the news tip ThyBonesConsumed)