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Yesterday, Sony launched DriveClub on the PlayStation 4. If you haven’t been following, the game comes in two flavors: retail (that’s the full version for $59.99) and PlayStation Plus Edition (that’s 11 cars in a single region of tracks, and it’s free to PS Plus subscribers).

The full version of DriveClub launched just fine. The server side of the game has been up and down since release thanks to the influx of players, but buying the game got gamers racing offline immediately.

The PS Plus Edition? Not so hot. The game was hit with so much traffic at launch that the supporting servers crumpled under the weight of users. Sony, as such, has elected to delay the release of the free version of DriveClub.

Developer Paul “Rushy” Rustchynsky took to Facebook to explain the need for the delay.

In order to help all DRIVECLUB players who have the game already, we’re temporarily holding back the PS Plus Edition and the My DRIVECLUB app to ease the load and traffic to the servers. This should give players a better chance of connecting to the game servers and, once the servers are operating well, we’ll be sure to let you know when the PS Plus Edition and My DRIVECLUB app will be available to download.

To our PS Plus fans, we’re sorry you’re having to wait longer to play, but we want to ensure that when you come on board, you get the best experience possible. Rest assured, if you’ve pre-ordered the full game upgrade from the PS Plus Edition, you will still get the full version of DRIVECLUB digitally, and if you can’t get online you’ll be able to get started offline like everybody else with single player mode as you start your DRIVECLUB tour. You’ll still be able to earn fame, unlock cars and get to grips with all of the options for playing and creating your own events and challenges – and everything you do will be synchronised with the servers when you do get connected, so you can set-up a bunch of challenges to send out to your friends as soon as you are able to join each other online.

As frustrating as this is for gamers looking to get into the racing experience for free, imagine how it feels as someone who bought DriveClub outright… To have your full and purchased game malfunctioning because of people trying to enjoy the demo? Yeah, I think Sony chose the lesser of two evils here.

Where do you stand on the delay?