Fans of the Driveclub video games on the PlayStation 4 will not be capable of play them on-line subsequent 12 months, because the servers for Driveclub, Driveclub VR, and Driveclub Bikes will probably be shutting down in 2020.
Driveclub is a racing sport for the PlayStation 4 that was launched in 2014, with Driveclub VR being launched for the PlayStation VR two years later. The Driveclub video games have a single participant element, however the primary draw is multiplayer, which permits gamers to problem folks from everywhere in the world in a wide range of races.
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The official PlayStation web site has introduced that the servers for Driveclub, Driveclub VR, and Driveclub Bikes will probably be shutting down on March 31, 2020, which implies that all the multiplayer content material from the sport will not be accessible. The on-line modes are a serious a part of the enchantment of the Driveclub video games, so their loss will probably be a big impact on the collection. All three of the Driveclub video games will not be bought on August 31, 2019.
The Driveclub titles aren’t the one ones that will probably be affected by server shutdowns, as StarBlood Arena can even be shedding all of its multiplayer options on July 25, 2019. StarBlood Arena is an online-only sport, which implies that it’ll not work following the server shutdown.
Sony Chairman Shaun Layden has stated there that might be extra of a give attention to multiplayer experiences with the PlayStation model going ahead and it is laborious to get enthusiastic about them when the Driveclub servers are being shut down in the course of the lifespan of the PlayStation 4. It’s straightforward to grasp an organization shutting down servers for older consoles, however Driveclub is on a system that’s nonetheless very a lot alive and is a sport that has bought hundreds of thousands of copies, which implies that anybody who nonetheless enjoys the sport on-line and bought DLC solely for the multiplayer content material is now having that taken away from them.
The proven fact that a few of the paid content material in the Driveclub video games will not work following the server shutdown provides a glimpse on the potential way forward for streaming-only video games, now that Google has introduced its upcoming Stadia platform, whereas Walmart is rumored to be creating an identical service, and Microsoft & Sony might must embrace streaming in an effort to sustain.
Streaming video games may probably change the online game business as we all know it, but when video games solely exist in a streamed kind that’s coming from an outdoor supply, then the participant will not have entry to something they buy if the service is shut down. The lack of Driveclub’s on-line mode and StarBlood Arena on PlayStation may be providing a glimpse at a future the place video games will probably be misplaced perpetually when a streaming service shuts down.
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