When is a demo not a demo? When it's a "PlayStation Plus edition."
However, DriveClub's free PS+ version is "hardly a demo because you get access to all of the game’s features online and offline," argues new project lead Paul Rustchynsky - it's just that you're only limited to a very small number of cars and tracks. Not unlike a demo.
"The difference is that you only have 10 cars and you can only race in one country (which gives you access to 5 tracks with 11 distinct variants)," Evolution Studios' "Rushy" explains in the comments of a new PlayStation Blog post, having the numbers dragged out of him by persistent fans. This grants you access to the campaign and multiplayer options, only requiring the full Blu-Ray or PSN purchase to unlock the full experience. Sony announced that Driveclub would receive a free version last year, and are remaining true to their word.
Though a demo by any other name, I'm not out to knock Driveclub. Quite the opposite, in fact. The chance to sample its social approach to racing, enjoy the visuals and get used to the handling -- not to mention getting involved with the community -- is tremendously exciting, at least, for the bargain price of free. We love to try before we buy and suggest you seize the increasingly rare opportunity.
The blog post featured a few more details, including confirmation that the game runs at a locked 30FPS, supports Thrustmaster wheels and focuses on fun over authenticity. Which is music to our ears, since all the realism in the world means nothing if a game isn't exhilarating, hectic and satisfying. Evolution Studios are no stranger to this concept, having developed the Motorstorm series.
Driveclub was recently dated for October, nearly a year after its original launch window. Despite the delay, it will likely be a perfect way to show off the PS4's graphical grunt, and Evolution Studios have excellent past form. Whether it can stave off competition from The Crew is another matter entirely, however.