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Sony Reverses 'Inappropriate' DriveClub PS Plus Edition Terms

Posted by Sammy Barker

For the players

Sony hasn’t really put a foot wrong over the past year or so, but it did make a bit of a blunder with PlayStation Plus freebie DriveClub earlier in the week. For those out of the loop, it confirmed that while you’ll be able to tune up your complimentary copy of the PlayStation 4 exclusive for a discounted fee, you’ll lose access to the game should your subscription lapse. That caused a bit of a backlash online, but fortunately the format holder was listening, as it’s reversed the decision.

“Our priority for DriveClub is to enable you to play and enjoy everything that it has to offer, and PlayStation recognises that the prior plan for DriveClub entitlement for the upgrade to the PlayStation Plus Edition was not appropriate,” a spokesperson explained on the PlayStation Blog. “As a result, we have adjusted the PlayStation Plus terms for DriveClub.”

The company continued: “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.” You’re absolutely free to chalk that one up as Sony’s first one-eighty of the generation.

Seriously, though, we’re pleased that the platform holder’s listening – primarily because we’re eager to see more of the racer in action. Runcorn-based developer Evolution Studios had previously promised multiple updates pertaining to the game this week, but they were seemingly delayed in order to prevent any further backlash. With this issue now resolved, perhaps we can get back to looking forward to the title – and whining about its framerate.

[via blog.eu.playstation.com]

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k_andersenStaff

#2

k_andersen said:

I will never not be impressed by this new attitude of listening and responding to people's complaints. It's honestly ridiculous how good of a job Sony's been doing in this department over the last year.

get2sammybAdmin

#3

get2sammyb said:

@k_andersen I agree. I really enjoyed the candid response to this one, too. They didn't try to make excuses or anything, just: "Hey, we realise now that this sucked, so this is how we're fixing it."

Very refreshing.

KALofKRYPTON

#5

KALofKRYPTON said:

But now I want post plus access to any IGC game I bought dlc for....the Internet can't half moan!

Bad-MuthaAdebis

#7

Bad-MuthaAdebis said:

I think the fact that one game is called PS plus edition or w/e and then you upgrade, surely if you upgrade you're buying the full game and not just buying DLC, yes there is a slight discount but then its digital anyway.

KALofKRYPTON

#8

KALofKRYPTON said:

@get2sammyb I don't think so, I hope not. But it wouldn't surprise me. Since that's exactly what this is.
Who wants a PS4 and it's 'groundbreaking' socially connected racing game without Plus anyway?

KALofKRYPTON

#9

KALofKRYPTON said:

@SimonAdebisi I just don't get the furore over it.

It's as close to a non-issue for me. I don't intend to stop my Plus subscription and the digital version of any game via PSN at the moment is worthless beyond the system/account it's purchased for anyway.

get2sammybAdmin

#10

get2sammyb said:

@KALofKRYPTON @SimonAdebisi I think it's just one of those things that doesn't 'seem' right, hence the furore. You're right, though, the majority of people complaining probably won't be cancelling their PS Plus while they're still actively playing the game.

It's more of a principal thing, so I'm glad they changed it. I still maintain that there was no real malice here; it's just that the usual PS+ terms didn't really scale well in this instance. When you're buying a $3.99 car pack, fair enough, but a $49.99 full game unlock is a bit different.

LDXD

#11

LDXD said:

@KALofKRYPTON me, I'll probably have plus for a while but I'm not the type of person who is going to want PS+ all the time and I still would love to enjoy this game 10 or so years down the road without all the fancy internet drm

Gamer83

#14

Gamer83 said:

Good call and Sony does listen so points for that. Still, I didn't praise MS for doing the common sense thing by dropping its initial idiotic Xbox One policies and I'm not going to lavish praise on Sony here. This never should've been an issue. You pay $50 for the full game, you get to keep it, period. Hopefully something like this doesn't happen again in the future.

Bad-MuthaAdebis

#15

Bad-MuthaAdebis said:

I think the only people that PS plus might bug is those with just the ps4 console, its only been worth it for me for online gaming for ps4, its been more worthwhile obviously having it for ps3 and PSVita.

KALofKRYPTON

#16

KALofKRYPTON said:

@LDXD Then I would suggest buying the disc. It's probably going to be going cheaper than £42 with all of 30fps nonsense going on too!

get2sammybAdmin

#17

get2sammyb said:

@Bliquid I wouldn't read too much into that comment. That seems like a stupid statement. They're bringing out Freedom Wars, Orekeshi (sp?), Soul Sacrifice Delta, and (presumably) Gravity Rush. There will be others from third-parties, and I'm sure they'll have other first-party stuff in the pipeline. It's a really silly comment.

LDXD

#19

LDXD said:

@KALofKRYPTON yeah that's what I'm going to do most likely, the game looks great to me so far from what I've seen I hope it plays well

Holydiver85

#20

Holydiver85 said:

I think a lot of people were simply unhappy due to principle, I know I was. Kind of like when your parents would say I'm not mad I'm just disappointed...Im content now that they realized this is something that isnt kosher. Also I have to agree with a lot of other people here that its really refreshing and restores some faith that Sony and some developers seem to be listening to feedback and adjusting accordingly.

BlueProxy

#22

BlueProxy said:

I'll just buy the retail disc and be done with all this. Glad they are quickly making revisions to bad decisions though.

drumsandperc92

#23

drumsandperc92 said:

well that was fast.
good for Sony for listening.
$50 is still too steep for a PS+ "discount" version.
I'll still try out the free demo, then I'll be looking out for a sub $50 sale for the retail version.

Swiket

#24

Swiket said:

Now if only they could make the game look compelling. Guess we're due for another car porn show at E3 this year.

jgrangervikings

#25

jgrangervikings said:

A racing game is a racing game. Unless it's done from a different perspective (like Super Sprint, RC Pro Am, Rock n Roll Racing, Bump 'n' Jump, Mario Kart), one isn't all that different from the next. Ooh, shiny car. Ooh, cool horizon. Ooh, neat shadows.

Meh.

Gemuarto

#26

Gemuarto said:

I really can't understand who will play Drive Cub without PS+, but praise to Sony, anyway.

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