DriveClub players who upgrade from the free PlayStation Plus edition to the full version will lose access if their PS Plus subscription expires, says Sony.

SCEE product manager Chris Brown broke the news in a post on PlayStation Blog this morning.

“If you’re an active PlayStation Plus subscriber and have been playing the PlayStation Plus Edition, but decide you want the full DriveClub experience, you can purchase a one-time upgrade for US$49.99,” Brown wrote.

“This will give you access to all five locations, 55 tracks, 50 cars and all 50 tour events, as long as your PlayStation Plus subscription remains active.

“If you’re not an active PlayStation Plus member, you can still get DriveClub via the PlayStation Store or your local retailer on Blu-ray.”

The retail and PlayStation Store version of the game is US$10 more expensive, at US$60.

The free PlayStation Plus Edition comes with one location (India), 11 tracks, 10 cars, and access to all game modes.

“As long as your PS+ subscription is active, you can access the free version of the PS+ Edition and the upgrade (if you’ve purchased it).” Brown clarified in the article’s comments.

“But as soon as your membership becomes active again, you can start playing right away.

“You don’t lose the content, it stays on your machine. You only lose access to play it when your PS+ subscription lapses."

He also confirmed that DriveClub has “a host of offline content for you to get stuck into”.

DriveClub director Paul Rustchynsky has since tweeted that he is “seeking clarification” on the matter.

DriveClub launches for PlayStation 4 on October 8.