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Sony Interactive Entertainment (formerly Sony Computer Entertainment and Sony Network Entertainment) is a multinational developer and publisher of software and video games founded in 1993 to launch the original PlayStation. SIE has headed research and development, hardware and software publishing for all PlayStation platforms since. Today they are best known for flagship franchises including Uncharted, Gran Turismo, God of War, LittleBigPlanet, Hot Shots Golf and exclusives like The Last Guardian, Horizon: Zero Dawn and Until Dawn.

Driveclub delisting in August, Servers offline in 2020

The news that Sony will be shutting down online servers for the Driveclub series of titles probably isn’t a surprise to anyone, but it’s still a bummer to read. The news broke on March 29th thanks to a tweet from Wario64 that links to Sony Europe’s decommissioned servers page. The full update on Driveclub follows:

Online servers for DRIVECLUB, DRIVECLUB VR and DRIVECLUB Bikes will shut down on 31st March 2020, 23:59 BST. All online features (including online multiplayer modes) will cease on that date. You will still be able to play and enjoy these games in single player offline modes. However, the games have significant amounts of online gameplay, so from 31st March 2020, functionality will be affected in the following ways:

You will not be able to:
– Use your season pass online.
– Represent your Club online in multiplayer events or tours.
– Play online multiplayer and compete in challenges.
– Create your own events.
– Compete in leader boards, or share stats and player progress.

You will be able to:
– Use your season pass on all single player and offline modes.
– Continue to play all game (DC, DC VR and DC Bikes) and DLC single player functionality in offline mode.
– Earn trophies in single player / offline mode.

PlayStation will cease selling DRIVECLUB, DRIVECLUB VR, DRIVECLUB Bikes and all DLC and season passes related to those games from 31st August 2019, at 23:59 BST.

It’s nice to see Sony give players a full year’s notice on the shutdown, although so far, these dates are specific to Europe. Sony North America has yet to make an official statement or update the PSN store pages for any of the titles. That said, these shutdowns typically happen around the same time across all territories so you’re probably safe assuming the March 2020 cutoff applies to all versions of the game.

For now, all Driveclub titles and DLC remain on sale from the PlayStation Store. Physical versions are out there as well for the original Driveclub and Driveclub VR but the standalone Driveclub Bikes was only released digitally and as DLC for the main game. By August 31st, 2019 that one will be completely unavailable.

For those with fuzzy memories (myself included), Driveclub was originally promised as a free title for PlayStation Plus subscribers but was delayed and scaled back into the 2015 “PlayStation Plus Edition”. This version was removed from availability later in 2015 but if you dig back into your Download List you should find that it has been replaced with the full original game. That’s a happy surprise after some not-so-great news.

I’ve added the dates to the Watch List calendar and will work up pages for the three main releases soon. Thanks to everyone on Twitter that sent us this news!

Photo credit: Sarathonux Kor on flickr

Sony pulls PlayStation download codes from retail

If you’ve been waiting to pick up a delisted PlayStation game by buying a download code from sites including GameStop, Amazon, or Best Buy, act fast!

UPDATE: Thanks to a tip on Twitter, here’s a forum thread from the fine folks on ResetEra’s forums who are compiling a list of the remaining GameStop download codes that you can still buy.

Twitter deal-hunter, Wario64, received a memo sent to GameStop stores on March 22nd that will close up one of the few loopholes we have for buying delisted games. The memo states that starting April 1st, 2019 “full game digital download codes will no longer be available to purchase from other retailers worldwide”. Full game downloads will be sold exclusively on the PlayStation Network store going forward and retailers will only be able to sell PSN “wallet” cards.

The memo lays out a quick plan of action on GameStop’s part, stating that “all currently available Sony full game digital SKUs will be deactivated in the POS and on by End of Day 4/1”.  

While this news came from GameStop, the wording states “all retailers worldwide” which means download codes sold by Amazon, Best Buy, Newegg, and even eBay are likely to disappear soon, if they haven’t already. We’ve had a hard time finding active PlayStation codes on Amazon today while their Xbox One counterparts are readily available to buy and download.

Meanwhile, Sony has given no advanced warning about this change in policy, and obviously not offered any explanation. Our best guess is that they’re trying to bring players directly to the PSN store to spend their money instead of letting retailers sell individual games through codes. It seems less likely but this move could also be in response to complaints (or even litigation) from copyright holders whose delisted titles have been sitting on virtual store shelves long after their licensing deals have expired.

Whatever the explanation, we’ve just lost one of the few means to buy delisted PlayStation 3, PSP, Vita, and PlayStation 4 titles after they’ve been yanked from the PSN store.
Source: USGamer

Email from Sony America confirms January 31st server shutdowns

In an uncharacteristically outgoing move, Sony America has begun sending out emails regarding the end of online services for Warhawk, Twisted Metal, PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royale, and Sound Shapes. Previously scheduled for October 25th, PlayStation Europe first communicated the extension early in November but confirmation wasn’t clear if it was exclusive to that territory.

That confusion was apparently heard at Sony America who decided to send out the official word, even if they still haven’t updated all of the game’s PlayStation Store pages to reflect it. The body of the email we received today reads:

“We wanted to update you on a planned service shut down, which impacts online access for Warhawk, Twisted Metal, PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royale, and Sound Shapes. This has now been extended to January 31, 2019 at 12:00 AM PT.

Following this shutdown, Warhawk will no longer be playable unless the PS3 system is set to LAN mode for local network play. For Twisted Metal and PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royale, users can play the campaign offline as well as local (couch) multiplayer in split screen mode. For Sound Shapes, users will be able to play the campaign and all DLC purchases as well as create their own levels, however, users won’t be able to share their levels with the community or download community created levels.”

The dates on the Watch List calendar have been updated, as has our game page for Warhawk which is the only game of the lot to be delisted so far.