Sony has confirmed that Driveclub VR will launch as a day one PSVR title. For owners of the Driveclub Season Pass, the company is offering a “digital upgrade” option.
While Sony confirmed that Driveclub VR would launch as a PSVR exclusive back in August, they left eager racers wondering when they’d be able to get their hands on the game and for how much. Now the official PlayStation Blog has confirmed it, including details on a discount program for those who purchased the DLC Season Pass of the original game.
Driveclub VR will release as a launch title for PlayStation VR on the same day the headset launches, October 13th. The digital standalone copy of the game is priced at $40, and, while Sony says there will also be a physical Blu-ray release, they have steered clear of confirming the price.
Those that purchased the DLC Season Pass for the original Driveclub before September 28th will have a “digital upgrade” option, effectively getting them a digital copy of Driveclub VR for $20, half the full price. Exactly how Season Pass holders can redeem this option isn’t clear yet, but one guess is through Driveclub’s DLC section.
Sony further answered some questions about the development of Driveclub VR, which was left unclear because of major layoffs and an eventual closing of the studio earlier in 2016:
The majority of the game was completed by Evolution, with the remainder carried out by a dedicated team comprised of Evolution Studio veterans, several of which now are also members of the [Sony World Wide Studios] Immersive Technology Group — so you can be assured that Driveclub VR is in safe hands.
Driveclub VR is a standalone, PlayStation VR exclusive game that Sony says will come with a whopping 114 tracks and 80 high performance cars, as well as new features from the old game:
- Game modes: Online virtual reality multiplayer race modes and an action-packed single player career are joined by drifting and time trial challenges.
- Tracks: New and classic Driveclub tracks are brought to life through the power of PlayStation VR, including five all-new Urban locations.
- A closer look: More than 80 cars are recreated with immaculate detail for players to explore up close with Inspection Mode.
- Cruise control: A little time to kick back, open the throttle or just coast and explore any track, in any country at your leisure in Cruise Mode.
- Virtual passenger: An immersive thrill ride through exciting replays of hot laps as players watch themselves handle their greatest challenges from a unique viewpoint in Passenger Mode.
As sim racer and Road to VR writer Dominic Brennan says, “this will likely be the final chapter of Driveclub’s rocky development story, and it appears to be finishing on a high note.”