[uPDATE] Sony has clarified via twitter that those who upgrade the PS Plus version of DRIVECLUB will not lose access if their PS Plus subscription expires.
The tweet reads, "UPDATE> If you have #DRIVECLUB PS+ Ed & upgrade, we'll ensure you keep full game access even if your PS Plus runs out"
Certainly a smart move on Sony's part.
Last week we reported that DRIVECLUB had finally received a release date and now we have another tidbit of news to share. As you may know, a content-limited version of DRIVECLUB will be available for free to Playstation Plus members. Jamie Brayshaw, Community Development Manager at Evolution Studios, announced today what exactly that version would include.
The PS Plus version of DRIVECLUB will give players access to "one location (India), 11 tracks, 10 cars and access to all game modes." Brayshaw added, "You can take part in all the game modes, set, send and compete in challenges, and race online against others in the DRIVECLUB community."
From the sounds of it, Playstation Plus members will get a substantial taste of the game before having to decide whether or not to make the full investment.
The news was not all good, however. Playstation Plus users will be able to upgrade to the full version for $49.99. According to the announcement, "This will give you access to all five locations, 55 tracks, 50 cars and all 50 tour events," and here's the bad news, "as long as your PlayStation Plus subscription remains active."
This means that despite spending $49.99 for an upgrade, players do not actually own the content. This is contrary to the standards set with all other purchased PS Plus content. If you purchase anything, even at an extreme discount, you own it whether or not you subscribe to PS Plus in the future.
After a loud negative response from fans, Paul Rustchynsky, DRIVECLUB's Game Director, announced on twitter that he is "seeking clarification." Since it is addressed in the announcement video as well, this does not seem like a miscommunication.
At the end of the day, the game is still available for $59.99 at retail on a Blu-ray disc.
For updates on the developing DRIVECLUB PS Plus fiasco, keep it at Game Podunk.
Would you upgrade DRIVECLUB on PS Plus if a subscription is required to keep it?
Source: Playstation Blog