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'Drive Club PS Plus Edition' will charge for extra cars, tracks

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Drive Club PS Plus Edition will utilise a free-to-play business model, Sony has confirmed.

Speaking with Digital Spy, Drive Club design director Paul Rutchynsky said that the PS Plus version offers the same core experience, minus some of the content.



"With the PlayStation Plus edition, we're offering the core features of the game to everyone who's got a PlayStation Plus membership.

"What that means is that all the game modes, the single-player experience is all there in the PlayStation Plus version. The only thing that we're limiting you on is content, and that content is cars and tracks.

"You can play online multiplayer, you can do asynchronous challenges, you can take part in the face-offs, and the social goals etc. But if you want to get all the content you can buy that separately.

Praising the free-to-play business model, Rutchynsky believes it will help generate interest in Drive Club.

"I think free-to-play is a great model, and I think Sony has been very keen to offer that as a model.

"Free-to-play is so successful on other platforms, so why not bring it to the PlayStation 4? It's just a great way to get Drive Club out into so many people's hands."

Rutchynsky also revealed that Drive Club will be supported with new competitions, challenges and content months after its launch.

When asked whether new content would be free or paid, Rutchynsky said that it would be a combination of the two.

Screenshot from 'Drive Club' for PS4, featured in a trailer broadcast at the official Playstation 4 anouncement event.

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Drive Club screenshot



Drive Club was announced alongside the PlayStation 4 in February.

The game will put a focus on team-based racing, with players able to compete online both asynchronously and at the same time in dynamic challenges.

It will feature a first-person perspective, letting players walk around their cars and inspect the engines as a character rather than through a menu.

Developed by Evolution Studios, the team said they are painstakingly modelling every aspect of the car interiors - down to fibers in the seat fabric - for a complete sense of immersion.

The PS4 will be available this holiday season for $399 (£349).

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