On Twitter today, DriveClub Game Director Paul Rustchynsky revealed that the upcoming February 2016 update will include a new Hardcore gameplay option.
In the above gameplay video, Rustchynsky shows off Hardcore, which turns off traction control, stability control, and other assists for a completely new challenge.
Asked if lap times will be put into the global leaderboards, Rustchynsky said, “You will be able to beat drift scores, but you’re going to be slower in hardcore as you have to gets on the brakes earlier!” He later added, “No new leaderboards in this update. I’ll tell you now though you will be slower with Hardcore enabled.”
Hardcore will work in multiplayer and instead of being able to choose which assists are turned off, “it’s just one option that you can turn on/off called ‘Hardcore Handling’.”
As for the drift point system cheating issue, he said, “We’re aware of the problem and we’re looking into it.”
The DriveClub February update will also include more Stars and Trophies.