Sony has confirmed Driveclub’s servers will be shut down on March 31st, 2020, affecting online play for Driveclub, Driveclub VR, and Driveclub Bikes.
“Online servers for Driveclub, Driveclub VR and Driveclub Bikes will shut down on 31st March 2020, 23:59 BST,” PlayStation said via an update (thanks, Engadget). “All online features (including online multiplayer modes) will cease on that date. You will still be able to play and enjoy these games in single player offline modes.”
While players will still be able to use their season pass on all single player and offline modes and continue to play all game (DC, DC VR and DC Bikes) and DLC single player functionality in offline mode, they will not be able to use season passes online, represent their Club online in multiplayer events or tours, play online multiplayer and compete in challenges, create their own events, compete in leader boards, or share stats and player progress once the servers hit their end-of-life status on 31st March, 2020.
For now, the games and their associated add-on content will continue to be on sale until August 31st, 2019.
The development team behind Driveclub – then known as Evolution Studios – was acquired by Codemasters in 2016. However, in July 2018 Codemasters too has let several people go from its Cheshire-based studio, including director of both Driveclub and OnRush, Paul ‘Rushy’ Rustchynsky. Just a month later, Rustchynsky announced his new role at Slightly Mad Studios, along with a tease of an unannounced project.