Sony confirmed today that the servers for 2014’s Driveclub will shut down in March 2020, effectively signalling the end of the road for the game. This shutdown also includes Driveclub VR and Driveclub Bikes.
“Online servers for Driveclub, Driveclub VR and Driveclub Bikes will shut down on 31st March 2020, 23:59 BST,”
What this means for people that still play Driveclub is that all online aspects of the game will cease, including:
- Online multiplayer modes
- Season passes online
- Online clubs
- Multiplayer events including tours and challenges
- Leader boards
- Stats and player progression sharing
You will of course still be able to play the game—including all of the DLC and the VR game—offline, and if you’ve purchased the season pass this will also continue to work offline. If you don’t yet have the DLC for the game and would like to buy it before it’s too late then you have until August 2019 to purchase it before it’s removed from the store. As mentioned previously, this DLC will only work offline as of March 2020, so if you’re planning to play this DLC online then please keep in mind that you’ll only be able to do so for less than a year.
Driveclub has had a troubled life and struggled with performance issues and a lack of promised features when it launched back in 2014. The game was originally developed by Evolution Studios, who were ultimately bought by Codemasters and went on to develop OnRush which, despite picking up a decent critical reception, sold poorly and resulted in a large number of staff members being let go, including game director Paul Rustchynsky.