The free PlayStation Plus edition of DriveClub has finally arrived today, June 25, 2015. SCE President Shuhei Yoshida confirmed the launch in a recent PlayStation Blog post, noting that the game’s online play will essentially be divvied out.
Although all PlayStation Plus members will have access to DriveClub, only offline mode will be available at the start. Rather than open the flood gates and make the servers cry, the usual plan for multiplayer launches, Sony will “steadily bring more and more players online while continuously ensuring that all games systems are running smoothly.” Provided the flood gates do indeed gradually open, this will not affect online play for owners of the full DriveClub package.
Though Nintendo is the company preaching transformation atop a soapbox, Sony is seeing a conversion of its own: from an electronics and video game corporation to a pipe dream manufacturer. They brought the unlikely trifecta of Shenmue 3, Final Fantasy 7 Remade, and The Last Guardian to E3 2015 and have now fished DriveClub PS+ out of development limbo. As previously reported, the game itself was delayed several times, but the free version was pushed even further down the totem pole. Near the end of 2014, it was delayed indefinitely, so seeing it at all is no small surprise.
Source [PlayStation Blog]