DriveClub is a new IP for Sony, but it's botched launch has hampered hopes of it becoming a series. Sony

The PlayStation Plus edition of PS4-exclusive racer DriveClub is finally available to download, just 261 days after the initial launch of Evolution Studios' game. This version includes most features from the full game, including a photo mode, Tour events, replays, customisation, online and offline play.

Online features won't be available to everyone at launch. They will be rolled out slowly to ensure this version of the game isn't beset with the kinds of problems which plagued the initial release in October 2014.

"We know that this might be frustrating after your extra wait already, but [I] hope you can understand that we are taking extra precautions to protect your experience when you do get online," wrote Shuhei Yoshida, president of Sony Worldwide Studios on the PlayStation Blog.

"We want to make sure we don't overload the servers as we invite millions of PS Plus members to download the game. We have to take this precaution because Driveclub connectivity is demanding for a multiplayer game, with countless ever-growing social connections across clubs, challenges, multiplayer, and hundreds of thousands of dynamic leaderboards and activity feeds."

PS Plus Edition players will have access to all 13 tracks in India, one of the six locations in the full game. They will also be able to play with 15 available cars.

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