EDIT: Corrected an unintentionally misleading title. While the DRIVECLUB PS Plus Edition upgrade no longer requires a PS Plus subscription to retain full-game access, the purchase will be locked to your PSN account. Sorry for any confusion.
Wednesday, Sony dropped a bit more info about DRIVECLUB, including some universally disliked details regarding the PS+ Edition.
“If you’re an active PlayStation Plus subscriber and have been playing the PlayStation Plus Edition, but decide you want the full DRIVECLUB experience, you can purchase a one-time upgrade for $49.99. This will give you access to all five locations, 55 tracks, 50 cars and all 50 tour events, as long as your PlayStation Plus subscription remains active.”
Needless to say, gamers were outraged by Sony’s decision to tie what is essentially a full-game purchase to a subscription-based account. But it seems Sony has already reversed its decision, announcing on the Sony PlayStation Facebook page:
“UPDATE > If you have #DRIVECLUB PS+ Edition & upgrade, we’ll ensure you keep full game access even if your PS Plus subscription runs out.”
I admittedly admire Sony for its quick response to customer feedback. Normally something like this takes weeks to turn around (if ever). This time, it only took a couple days. It’s nice to see that Sony’s willing to listen and take action to satisfy its customers.