Last night after a slew of awesome game announcements Canadian developer Ubisoft announced the third installment in the “Driver” series called “Driver: San Francisco.” Unlike the first two games the third has hundreds of licensed cars from real manufacturers in the game just ripe for the picking and with the game’s new “shift” feature you can jump into any of those cars you want at just about any given moment.
I’m kind of a racing game purist but the thought of being able to hop into a ’71 Dodge Challenger RT and go rip-snort-riot through the streets of San Francisco like I’m in one of those cool 70’s era cop movies sounds pretty damn appealing to me. I’m hoping that Ubisoft will have a playable demo on the E3 show floor so I can unlock a few more details. I’ll keep you posted! In the meantime check out some screen shots, the official E3 trailer, and press release from Ubisoft below.
DRIVER® SAN FRANCISCO
With crime lord Charles Jericho now on the loose San Francisco faces a terrible threat. Only one man can stand against him. He has driven the streets of a hundred cities, spent his whole life putting criminals behind bars. But to take Jericho down, there can be no turning back, and he knows that this may very well be his last ride. His name is John Tanner. He is the DRIVER.
Developed by Ubisoft Reflections, creators of the original title, DRIVER SAN FRANCISCOis the return of the established action driving video game series that has sold 14 million copies worldwide. Gamers play John Tanner, a hardened detective involved in a relentless manhunt throughout the City by the Bay. Thanks to a groundbreaking gameplay feature, players can now seamlessly shift between more than a hundred licensed vehicles, keeping them constantly in the heart of the action. With its timeless atmosphere, unique car handling and renewed playability, DRIVER SAN FRANCISCO offers the free-roaming, classic, cinematic car chase experience.
THE TRUE CAR CHASE EXPERIENCE
Rediscover the cinematic driving sensations of DRIVER: loose suspension, long drifts, sharp bends and high-speed pursuits in dense traffic. Drive over 120 licensed cars involved in some of the most intense chase sequences ever seen.
A RELENTLESS MANHUNT
Uncover a thrilling storyline in which personal revenge fuels Tanner’s relentless manhunt for Jericho. Follow Tanner’s survival race across San Francisco and discover how this chase will bring him to a point of no return.
As Tanner recovers from a terrible crash, he realizes he has acquired a new ability that enables him to instantly change vehicles and take control: SHIFT. Experience unprecedented intensity, diversity and freedom; shift into a faster car, deploy civilian vehicles to destroy your enemies and even take control of your opponents’ car to force their demise.
A CAR CHASE PLAYGROUND
Drive on more than 200 kilometers of road network, over the Golden Gate Bridge, and along iconic locations throughout San Francisco. Shift from one car to the next and dip into the lives of different residents, a head-spinning array of characters, each with a unique perspective on a city under siege.
Experience 9 different, frantic and addictive on-line modes, where the SHIFT feature allows players to be anywhere at any time. Ram, tail and overtake your friends in offline split-screen or online modes.
Record your best stunts and chases with the Director replay mode to edit and share your movies. Test your driving skills with 20 challenging races and 80 “dares” spread all across the city. Listen to over 60 music tracks with songs from famous artists, not to mention the original memorable DRIVER theme.
Publisher: Ubisoft Developer: Ubisoft Reflections Street Date: Q4 2010 Category: Action Driving Expected Rating: ESRB Teen / PEGI 12+