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Sony apologizes for Driveclub's ongoing launch woes

Shuhei Yoshida acknowledges player patience is running out, delays PS Plus edition indefinitely

It's been three weeks since launch, but Sony's PlayStation 4-exclusive Driveclub is still beset by online problems. In a post on the game's official Facebook page today, Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida offered another update, another apology to players, and another delay for the PlayStation Plus edition of the game.

"We have been listening to your feedback and realize that patience understandably is running out," Yoshida said. "[Evolution Studios] is working around the clock to close the gap, and we have deployed additional engineering resources to help resolve the remaining issues as soon as possible. Unfortunately, the time frames required to roll out the fully connected experience will be longer than anticipated and we do not have an exact time frame for when they will be resolved."

Yoshida went on to say that the release of the PlayStation Plus edition--a version with limited tracks and cars offered free to Plus subscribers--would be postponed until further notice.

"Our first priority is to provide you with the best possible experience while playing Driveclub," Yoshida said. "With the high volume of new players and additional server load the PS Plus Edition is anticipated to bring, we are currently not confident that we can guarantee the best online experience."

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Otakar Schon Technology editor, Economia6 years ago
I fail to see how apology on facebook is enough. Sony is sending advertisement for its products including Driveclub to all registered users yet it failed to send an apology to its customers directly. I really dont understand how this can happen. Would sending a batch email to all PS+ subscribers hurt Sonys profits further?

Not to mention the fact that PS+ subscribers didnt get what was advertised to them. Decent company would offer different game to play till this gets resolved instead of this pseudo apology which reads as a middle finger raised to all customers who bought PS4 with the vision of Driveclub being available to them for free included in PS+ subscription a year ago or even this month. They are mentioned in passing at the end of the post like it is not big deal.
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