Evolution Studios took to the PlayStation Blog today to explain what players will get in the PlayStation Plus Edition of Driveclub when it launches on October 7. For quite a while now, we knew the PS Plus version wouldn’t offer all content the game has to offer. Driveclub PlayStation Plus Edition will contain one location in India, 11 tracks, 10 cars and all the game’s modes. The full version will 55 tracks, 50 cars, five locations and 50 tour events. PS Plus members can upgrade to the full version for $49.99, but there’s a huge catch. You can only play the game if your PlayStation Plus subscription is active.
This is a first for PlayStation Plus. It’s normal for a free PS Plus game to become unplayable once a subscription lapses, but everything you pay for has always been available to you regardless of your membership status. For example, if you get a game at a discount for PS Plus, you can still play it when your subscription ends. It’s not fair to basically hold your $50 Driveclub purchase hostage until you pay an additional fee for PS Plus.
You can still purchase Driveclub at retail and from the PlayStation Store if you’re not a PS Plus member for $60.
There hasn’t been a response to this situation, and people are rightfully up in arms about this. I think this is one of those situations where backpedaling is required.
Source [PlayStation Blog]