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Developer(s) Ubisoft Reflections
Publisher(s) Ubisoft
Designer(s) Jean-Sebastien Decant
Andrew Willans
Dale Scullion
Release date January-March 2011[1]
Genre Sandbox, action, driving
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer
Age rating(s) ACB:PG[2]
PEGI: 12+
Platform(s) Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, OnLive,[3] PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii[4][5]
Media Blu-ray Disc, DVD, Wii optical disc
Input Gamepad, keyboard, mouse
Credits | Soundtrack | Codes | Walkthrough

Driver: San Francisco is an upcoming sandbox-style action driving video game developed by Ubisoft Reflections and published by Ubisoft. The game formally was unveiled at E3 2010 and is scheduled for release in 2011 on Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii[4][1] and the OnLive system.[3]

Plot

The game takes place a little over three years after the events of Driv3r. It is revealed that both John Tanner and Charles Jericho survived the shootout in Istanbul. However, in the game's trailer, it is revealed that Jericho is escaping the San Francisco police in a hijacked police truck, causing havoc on the Golden Gate Bridge. After being hit head-on by Jericho, Tanner is taken to a hospital and left into a coma. The game will take place in Tanner's coma dream.[5][6]

Gameplay

The game is similar to previous games in the series. The player controls Tanner in various missions through the streets of San Francisco. A new feature is "Shift", which allows Tanner to shift into another car and continue the mission.[6] The player has to recharge the "Shift" meter by doing powerslides, big jumps and driving into oncoming traffic. One of the inspirations for the "Shift" comes from the Google Earth.[6] For the first time in the series, the game will include over 120 fully damageable licensed vehicles including Alfa Romeo, Aston Martin, Ruf, Dodge Challenger, Pagani Zonda and the DeLorean DMC-12.[6] The Film Director mode, which was absent from Parallel Lines, will also return.[6] The ability to get out of the car, which was introduced in Driver 2, has been removed.[6][7] The game also runs at 60 frames per second.[4] Driver: San Francisco will also include one of the largest driving environments, with about Template:Convert/mi of road, though slightly smaller than Parallel Lines's New York City.[5][7] The game's San Francisco will recreate various landmarks including the Bay Bridge and Marin County.[5] Online multiplayer will also be available for the first time in the series with nine different game modes, including the Trail Blazer, where the player the has to follow the trail of an AI-controlled car.[5][7]

Development

A new game in the series was confirmed to be in production at the 2005 Tokyo Game Show when Sony announced a list of 102 that would be released on the PlayStation 3.[8] Ubisoft later confirmed a new game in the series after acquiring the series from Atari.[9] In June 2008, the BBC conducted reports on the computer game industry[10], among those reports were in-game, and development footage of the next Driver game.[11] On 21 April 2009, Ubisoft registered the trademark Driver: The Recruit.[12] On January 2010, it was confirmed that a new Driver game was in development and due for release in Ubisoft's fiscal year ending in March 2011.[13] On April 23, 2010, Ubisoft registered the domain driversanfranciscogame.com as well as driversanfrancisco.com and driversanfran.com, suggesting that San Francisco was the setting of the new game in the series.[14][15] On May 27, 2010, Ubisoft confirmed that the next installment in the Driver series would appear on E3 2010, along with other games.[16][17] On June 7, 2010, Ubisoft released a teaser website containing a live action trailer, resembling the first mission of the original Driver game, along with a countdown for Ubisoft's E3 2010 conference.[18][19] Ubisoft also created the game's Facebook page, which upon clicking in the "Like" button, opens a slightly different version of the trailer, showing a Californian driver license of "John Tanner".[20][21] A billboard at the LA Convention Center for E3 revealed the title of the new game to be Driver: San Francisco.[22] Ubisoft officially announced the game on their E3 2010 conference.[23]

Comic mini-series

A comic book mini-series published by Wildstorm Productions based on the game will be released. The storyline takes place after the events of Driv3r and before San Francisco, and will focus on Tanner's personal vengeance against Jericho. The mini-series being written by David Lapham and illustrated by Greg Scott. It's set to be released in early 2011 and an 'issue #0" was available on Comic-Con 2010.[24]

Collector's edition

A collector's edition will be available for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Microsoft Windows versions of the game. The pack includes a 18×9x9 cm replica of a 1970 Dodge Challenger Hemi R/T Six Pack, a map of San Francisco, two exclusive in-game cars, the "Mass Chase" challenge, where a wrongfully accused driver attempts to escape the whole police force of San Francisco and prove his innocence, and more features yet to be announced.[25]

Reception

Awards

The game won the Best Driving Game of E3 2010 award from Ripten.[26] The game was also nominated by Kotaku for Best Gameplay Mechanic of E3 2010, but lost to Lost in Shadow and was a considerate runner-up.[27]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 New Take on Driver Pushed Back to 2011. Kotaku.
  2. "Classification Database - DRIVER SAN FRANCISCO (PG)". classification.gov.au. 04 August 2010. http://www.classification.gov.au/www/cob/find.nsf/5b6ebdff7f5b9a24ca2575ca00062226/d1f777934ef1d676ca257775005d706f!OpenDocument. Retrieved 04 August 2010. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 Holt, Chris (15 June 2010). "OnLive Unveils Launch Titles, Details for June 17 Release". PCWorld. http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/198876/onlive_unveils_launch_titles_details_for_june_17_release.html. Retrieved 15 June 2010. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Miller, Greg (14 June 2010). "E3 2010: Driver 5 Preview". IGN. http://pc.ign.com/articles/109/1097241p1.html. Retrieved 15 June 2010. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 Chester, Nick (14 June 2010). "E3 10: First look at Ubisoft's Driver: San Francisco". Destructoid. http://www.destructoid.com/e3-10-first-look-at-ubisoft-s-driver-san-francisco-176100.phtml. Retrieved 15 June 2010. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 Smith, Jamin (15 June 2010). "Driver: San Francisco Interview". Videogamer. http://www.videogamer.com/ps3/driver_san_francisco/preview-2410.html. Retrieved 15 June 2010. 
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Donlan, Christian (15 June 2010). "Driver: San Francisco Hands On". Eurogamer. http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/driver-san-francisco-hands-on. Retrieved 15 June 2010. 
  8. Dunham, Jeremy (September 16, 2005). "TGS 2005: Sony Confirms 102 PS3 Games". IGN. http://ps3.ign.com/articles/651/651540p1.html. Retrieved 14 June 2010. 
  9. Atari sells Reflections.
  10. How a computer game is made. BBC (June 18, 2008). Retrieved on 2008-06-18.
  11. UK games industry needs brains. BBC (June 18, 2008). Retrieved on 2008-06-18.
  12. Driver: The Recruit trademarked by Ubisoft. VG247 (April 25, 2009). Retrieved on 2009-04-26.
  13. Kietzmann, Ludwig (13 January 2010). "Raving Rabbids 4, new Driver planned for Ubisoft's fiscal 2010-11". Joystiq. http://www.joystiq.com/2010/01/13/raving-rabbids-4-new-driver-planned-for-ubisofts-fiscal-2010/. Retrieved 16 February 2010. 
  14. Hinkle, David (April 23 2010). "Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, Driver: San Francisco domains registered by Ubisoft". Joystiq. http://www.joystiq.com/2010/04/23/assassins-creed-brotherhood-driver-san-francisco-domains/. Retrieved 23 April 2010. 
  15. Cullen, Johnny (April 23, 2010). "Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, Driver: San Francisco domains registered by Ubisoft". VG247. http://www.vg247.com/2010/04/23/assassins-creed-brotherhood-driver-san-francisco-domains-registered-by-ubisoft/. Retrieved 23 April 2010. 
  16. Gilbert, Ben (27 May 2010). "New 'Driver' game parked at Ubisoft's E3 booth". Joystiq. http://www.joystiq.com/2010/05/27/new-driver-game-parked-at-ubisofts-e3-booth/. Retrieved 28 May 2010. 
  17. Warmoth, Brian (27 May 2010). "New 'Driver' Game Coming At E3 From Ubisoft". MTV Multiplayer. http://multiplayerblog.mtv.com/2010/05/27/new-driver-game-coming-at-e3-from-ubisoft/. Retrieved 28 May 2010. 
  18. Brudvig, Erik (7 June 2010). "E3 2010: New Driver Game Teased". IGN. http://ps3.ign.com/articles/109/1095225p1.html. Retrieved 7 June 2010. 
  19. G, Lewis (7 June 2010). "Driver Pre-Reveal Teaser". TheSixthAxis. http://www.thesixthaxis.com/2010/06/07/driver-pre-reveal-teaser. Retrieved 7 June 2010. 
  20. Facebook | Driver. Retrieved on 8 June 2010.
  21. Scalzo, John (7 June 2010). "E3 2010: Driver 5 teaser site launched". Gaming Target. http://www.gamingtarget.com/article.php?artid=11517. Retrieved 8 June 2010. 
  22. Totilo, Stephen (13 June 2010). "The Giant Video Game Banners E3 Didn't Want You To See". Kotaku. http://kotaku.com/5562365/the-giant-video-game-banners-e3-didnt-want-you-to-see. Retrieved 14 June 2010. 
  23. Griffin, McElroy (15 June 2010). "Driver: San Francisco coming to 360, PS3, Wii and PC". http://www.joystiq.com/2010/06/14/driver-san-francisco-coming-to-360-ps3-wii-and-pc/. Retrieved 15 June 2010. 
  24. George, Richard (20 July 2010). "SDCC 10: The Return of Driver". IGN. http://uk.comics.ign.com/articles/110/1107285p1.html. Retrieved 22 July 2010. 
  25. Nunneley, Stephany (18 June 2010). "Driver: San Francisco gets the Collector’s Edition treatment". VG247. http://www.vg247.com/2010/06/18/driver-san-francisco-gets-the-collectors-edition-treatment/. Retrieved 14 August 2010. 
  26. "Ripten’s Best of E3 2010 Awards". Ripten. 25 June 2010. http://www.ripten.com/2010/06/25/riptens-best-of-e3-2010/. Retrieved 30 June 2010. 
  27. Crecente, Brian (29 June 2010). "Kotaku's Best of E3 2010 Award Winners". Kotaku. http://kotaku.com/5575411/kotakus-best-of-e3-2010-award-winners. Retrieved 30 June 2010. 

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