PS4's Driveclub will shut down, be taken offline in 2020

Sad news today for fans of the PlayStation 4-exclusive racing game Driveclub. Sony has announced that it's now heading towards end-of-life status, as all the servers for the game are being shut down next year. Players will have until March 31st, 2020, to play the game online, after that Driveclub, Driveclub VR, and Driveclub Bikes will only function in an offline setting.

For anyone who wants to experience Driveclub in its true online format, now is the time to play it. Sony says the games and all their DLC will be removed from the PSN Store on August 31st, 2019, meaning they will no longer be purchasable.

Those who already own the game will still be able to access the single-player modes after the server shutdown, but as Driveclub was designed to be an online, social-focused multiplayer game there won't be much left to enjoy. Multiplayer races, leaderboards, and season pass features will be among the content that won't function offline.

Driveclub's shutdown shouldn't come as a huge surprise. The game launched in 2014 after a lot of hype over its impressive visuals, always online features, and drool-worthy cars to choose from. Unfortunately the first year was riddled with bugs and delayed features, and the last DLC was released in 2016. At the same time, Sony revealed it was shutting down Driveclub's developer Evolution Studios.