Driveclub unlockables can be earned if you have the patience and the skills, but for those who don’t want to put the effort or time into it, Evolution Studios has built in another way.
In most racing games, you have to win races and use your earnings to buy improvements to your car’s engine, appearance, and handling. This is one of the most beloved ways to customize your ride, as shown by fans of the Need for Speed franchise, who hail Underground 2 as the game they most prefer. In that game, if you outran the police after catching their attention in a race, you got paid handsomely and kept the earnings. Those earnings went into buying aesthetic and performance upgrades which made your car kick more butt inside and out.
The developers have given the Driveclub unlockables another way to be unleashed, and it could give Evolution Studios a bit of a boost in earnings for the game. If you don’t want to put the time and driving prowess into unlocking these upgrades, you can always buy them through Driveclub microtransactions.
That’s right, just like in allegedly real street racing, there will be the rich kids who put all kinds of money into their car and don’t know how to drive it. To be fair, some of them might buy their ultimate ride and take the time out to learn to drive it against computer AI before they take on human opponents in Driveclub for PS4.
This is an interesting tactic, as it will open up a diversity in the game’s online community. Of course the early purchases of Driveclub unlockables might not be immediately usable, as explained by Evolution Studios director Paul Rustchynsky:
“It’s been a hot topic of late inside gaming, and we’ve been very keen to take on board the feedback from gamers and make sure we don’t upset anyone. What we’ve done is make sure that the progression system is really straightforward, really simple and gives you access to a lot of content really quickly.
“If you want to unlock a car immediately, you can pay to unlock that car straight away but it’s not a consumable microtransaction. We don’t let people buy Fame, for example and spend lots and lots. The idea is if you want to shortcut things you can do – it’s identical to what we did in Motorstorm RC. So if you played that, you know what we’re doing here.”
What do you think of buying your Driveclub unlockables to speed up progress?