In DriveClub for PS4; Evolution Studios announced a downloadable content (DLC) Season Pass. The pass will introduce 11 new courses, 23 new events, and a new car every month until June 2015. The DLC will be both paid, and free. Before release, Evolution Studios had confirmed that Driveclub runs at resolution of 1080p and would be capped at 30 frames per second. Driveclub launched in North America and the United Kingdom. However, the game suffered from severe online issues at launch. Evolution Studios had released the premium DLC, which is originally pay-to-download, free to affected players. PlayStation UK executive Fergal Gara apologized following the launch of the game.
However, Kevin VanOrd from GameSpot gave the game a 5/10. He praised the attractive cars and race tracks featured, but criticized the soundtrack and the overall presentation of the game. He also praised the graphics of the game, but stated that the environment and the surroundings are "as lifeless as postcards". Jeff Gerstmann from Giant Bomb gave the game a 2/5, praising its leaderboards, lighting and graphics, but criticizing the confusing menu, overly mechanical AI drivers, weirdly grippy car handling and lack of fun element. He summarized the game as "a weird throwback to the old, dark days of console driving games".
Driveclub received mixed to positive reviews. It received an aggregated score of 71% on GameRankings based on 54 reviews and 71/100 on Metacritic based on 84 reviews. Justin Towell from GamesRadar gave the game a 8/10, praising its challenge system, accessible handling and beginner-friendly gameplay, saying "it's a big deal for a modern racing game to have enough faith in its core handling to eschew driving assists." He criticized the weak damage and characterized crashes as unsatisfying. He also discouraged playing unconnected, adding "Never have I seen such a dull, lifeless and formulaic single-player mode transformed so spectacularly by online connectivity. Dale North from Destructoid gave the game a 7.5/10