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Driveclub shuts down in 2020

PlayStation 4 racer is no longer on sale after August 2019

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Owen S. Good is a longtime veteran of video games writing, well known for his coverage of sports and racing games.

It’s not like everyone couldn’t see this coming, but Driveclub is officially being towed to the great public radio charitable write-off in the sky. You have one year to play it.

The servers for Driveclub, Driveclub VR and Driveclub Bikes all go dark on March 31, 2020. Before then, Aug. 31, 2019, the games and all of their DLC will be delisted from the PlayStation Network Store.

After all this goes down, only the single-player modes will be playable. For a game predicated so much on multiplayer interaction, that ain’t much. And of course, all the social components are no more, too.

Driveclub launched in 2014 but, like many online-dependent games, buckled under the load from a large community at launch. For weeks after its launch, the game was still struggling with features and performance promised in E3 hype reels. Weather effects, for example, didn’t join the game until more than two months after launch. Sony promised a PlayStation Plus edition of the game to subscribers; it took almost a year to deliver it.

Driveclub’s last update came in March 2016 with the final DLC pack for the game. The same day, Sony announced that developer Evolution Studios would be shut down.

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