Driver returns to San Francisco this holiday

E3 2010: Ubisoft Reflections' action racer flooring it on 360, PS3, PC, Mac later this year, featuring original protagonist John Tanner.

LOS ANGELES--Ubisoft has made no secret about the fact that it is prepping a new installment in the Driver franchise, its first since acquiring the property from Atari in 2006. As part of its 2010 Electronic Entertainment Expo press conference today, Ubisoft officially announced the title, confirming the previously registered Driver San Francisco URL registration from April.

Tanner will hit the streets of San Francisco in his shiny Shelby GT500.

Due during the last three months of 2010, Driver San Francisco will be available for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, and Mac. The game is in development at Ubisoft's Reflections studio, which created the series in 1999 and was acquired by the French publisher alongside the franchise from Atari.

Driver San Francisco will also be a throwback to previous installments in the franchise, featuring a matchup between original protagonist John Tanner and Driver 2 antagonist Charles Jericho. As the story goes, Tanner, a hard-boiled detective behind the wheel of a 1970s-era Shelby GT500, is on the hunt for Jericho, and the two will engage in vehicular duels on the streets of San Francisco.

As detailed in Ubisoft's press conference, the game will include more than 100 licensed vehicles, all of which are subject to damage. The game will also feature a supernatural element, as Tanner is apparently pursuing his mark from the confines of a coma. Tanner's situation impacts gameplay, as players will be able to pause time to hop to a new vehicle on the fly, as well as take a bird's-eye view of the city to jump to various locations.

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35 comments
Sergeant_
Sergeant_

Everyone bashes Driver for its unacceptable bugs and glitches but this is the Grand daddy of them all and regardless of all the bugs and glitches they always quenched my thirst for mindless mayhem and extraordinary stunts. I love the Driver trilogy, and even if this gets 3/10...14km of driving joy, I'm sure I can make do.

Pineapple_Head
Pineapple_Head

Finally another sandbox driving game series using licensed vehicles (besides The Getaway). It's worth my attention. While I'm mostly a GTA fan, I did find the Driver games to be impressive as well. I was always surprised to hear and read about negative reviews on the last couple of games. To me, they felt well made. One thing in this game that bothers me is the "shift" mode of this game where you can pick cars from an area zoomed out. I know Reflections is doing their best to not become a "Grand Theft Auto" game, but seriously I'd rather jack a car to be a little more realistic. Another thing that bothers me about this title is, while I am excited to hear about licensed vehicles in the game, I'm annoyed with the excessive use of cars and car brands that you don't normally see in a U.S. city especially this one. There are so many Alfa Romeo and RUF vehicles I see in this demo I find quite irritating because not a lot of RUFs are in the U.S. and Alfa Romeos are not even sold in the U.S.... yet.

Bennett00
Bennett00

i can take a wild shoot at that with the shift Ability it is because Tanner is dead because in the first Clip it shows him driving into Jerico In other words he is GOD

Tviper7
Tviper7

lookin good the shift is kinda out there, but as previous poster said driver's about the driving & car chases, muscle cars 60's 70's chase scene replays/editing if they stick to this itll be awesome this not another GTA Clone if thats what your looking for this is wrong game for you....

SicklySunStorm
SicklySunStorm

I don't think the poor Driver name can take another sullying.... like many below have said, the first is a real gem. Only comparable to GTA IMO because of an open driving setting, but that's where the similarity ends, and should end.... they tried to mix in GTA in the sequels and it just lost it's Driver-ness. They need to take very, very long hard look at the original, have a mindwipe done so that they don't know GTA ever existed, and maybe, just maybe, they'll resurrect the series with aplomb. Oh - and if that happens, I'll dance a jig.

hitmaneidos
hitmaneidos

Supernatural driving game? Gotta see how they implement it..

Supernatural24
Supernatural24

Man, going down those hills is going to be a whole lot of fun! I think I'll live those memories tonight while playing Driver. :P

Nerissa
Nerissa

Love Driver, I hope it is a return to the way it should be.

tankerLuke
tankerLuke

anyone else notice this trailer shows the driver doing the same driving task you had to do in the beginning of the first (and best of the series) game? i hope its good cause i loved that game

Franzkill
Franzkill

The thing about the Driver series compared to GTA is that it really felt like (in the first game) you were playing a game faithful to a 'Steve Mcqueen' car chase scene from Bullet and just had elements of the French Connection written all over it whilst GTA just feels like your mowing down people over. I did enjoy Vice City and 3 but to me it just didn't feel inspirational as much as the first Driver game did. Shame about the sequels though, did like the Thrill cam feature in 3 though. :)

JoeDivision51
JoeDivision51

i remember the first time i played Driver on ps1 a loong time ago. ... it blew me away ... hopefully this one will too ;)

richioso
richioso

Best one is still the first one. Hope this one goes back to that style.

GunBladeHero
GunBladeHero

I don`t care what other people or gamespot says; Driver 3 was one of my favorite games, despite being overshadowed by GTA Vice City at that time, I liked it a lot and played it a lot, parallel lines was not so good in my opinion. I will definetely pre-order Driver San Francisco, I hope they return with the replay feature!

WarThrash
WarThrash

Dude I have been waiting for a new Driver game following Tanner again. I liked Driver 3 but it did have the misfortune of releasing right before San Andreas did. Here's hoping they make good game without trying to be a GTA clone

abdullrahman
abdullrahman

@GaMeR_Willz I agree with you. porting games to ps3 is S**T.my hops that it turns out a spectacular game.

GaMeR_Willz
GaMeR_Willz

I really loved Driver games, so hopefully this one will be good. I'm also hoping the PS3 version won't be a crappy port. Otherwise I'll be fuming!

Zzombielemur
Zzombielemur

Oh I wanna be there in my citayyyyyyyyyyy...

videogameking26
videogameking26

Awesome news, huge fan of the series and been waiting for this for awhile....looks awesome and can't wait to finally own it myself...if I can will probably pre-order tomorrow that is how bad I want this:-).

NEWJERSEY-DEVIL
NEWJERSEY-DEVIL

Yes,the game gods we're listening THANKYOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

karenwen
karenwen

I disagree mario, every other Driver just can't compare to the greatness and the fun provided by the original. Driver 2 was barely playable on the PS.

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

yep everything returns 2010--- goldeneye007 makin a splash , , nfs hot pursuit coming , driver 5 ,, zelda ,,, gow3-gears 3 ,cod tc ghost recon , crackdown 2 ,, only no hsow i see = saints row 3 , timesplitters 4 and maybe mario game of som,e sort wont know til tomorow

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

wrong karen driver 2 and driver 2 advance were good driver games pl was ok ,, 3 was fair nuf worst driver game is the gbc port

karenwen
karenwen

The only good Driver game was the original one that came out 11 years ago. The rest were crap. I'm surprised Reflections is still around making these games. Even GTA:San Andreas threw a diss to the Driver games for sucking. I really hope this new game is good but I'm not counting on it.

lobotomies4free
lobotomies4free

cautiously optimistic. I still remember how awesome driver3 was gonna be before it came out

yaba
yaba

I hope Ubisoft can breathe some new life into this once great series.

TJP75
TJP75

Another game I want to buy! E3 is turning out to be expensive 8-)

monson21502
monson21502

i havent play these games since i rented driver 1. i really liked it, so ill be checking this out for sure

Flint247
Flint247

Everything returns in 2010. :D

childe_roland
childe_roland

Wow, that was quite the preview. I used to love the original Driver and its sequel, hopefully the series returns in force.