DriveClub Servers Will Shut Down March 2020, Removed from PlayStation Store in August
UPDATE: Paul Rustchynsky, former DriveClub creative director, confirmed on Twitter that the game is being delisted due to licensing reasons. This is common for most racing games, as most games have a license for up to 5 years and have to be removed from sale once these licenses expire. This happens with Forza titles, as last year we reported Forza Horizon 2 was being permanently removed from the Xbox Store.
The PlayStation 4 exclusive arcade-sim racer ‘DriveClub’ will be delisted from the PlayStation Store later this year, and servers for the title to be shut down in March 2020.
A post on the official PlayStation website confirms this, stating that the servers for DriveClub, Driveclub VR and DriveClub Bikes are being decommissioned and will shut down on 31st March 2020, 23:59 BST. All online features (including online multiplayer modes) will cease on that date, however you will still be able to play these games in single player offline.
As DriveClub is a mostly online and social connected racer, from 31st March 2020 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.
You will be able to:
Use your season pass on all single player and offline modes.
Continue to play all game (DC, DC VR and DC Bikes) and DLC single player functionality in offline mode.
Earn trophies in single player / offline mode.
In addition, DriveClub, DriveClub VR and DriveClub Bikes, along with all the DLC and season passes, will be removed from the PlayStation Store from 31st August 2019, 23:59 BST.
Honestly, I’m absolutely devastated by this news, as DriveClub was personally one of my favourite racing games of this generation and a game I managed to put almost 500 hours into. It was also a game that got me interested in both track racers with its fun gameplay and photography with its excellent photo-mode.
While Driveclub was not the most perfect of racing games, especially with its rough history of delays and server issues, its a game I’ve not seen any other racer this generation match what Evolution Studios crafted- both in terms of visual fidelity and online social connectivity.
RIP DriveClub, you deserved so much better and we will miss you.