Driver slips to September 6

San Francisco-set racing game gets pushed back a week in North America; Ubisoft confirms constant online connection needed for PC version.

Driver: San Francisco is putting on the brakes. Ubisoft has released word through the game's official Twitter feed that the mission-based racing game has been delayed until September 6, a week after its previously announced August 30 launch date. The delay is specific to North America, and the game's debut in other territories has not been affected.

No speeding tickets for this one.

In a follow-up tweet, the publisher explained the cause for the delay was not due to a need for extra development time. According to Ubisoft, "The delay has to do with shipping considerations and getting the best exposure in NA, not production of the game." Driver's old release date, August 30, is also the launch date for EA Sports' Madden NFL 12, which may receive a boost given the fact that the football season will actually take place this year. There had been concern about whether the season would start on time until a labor dispute and work stoppage was resolved earlier this week.

Last night, the same Twitter account also confirmed that the PC version of Driver: San Francisco will require a constant Internet connection, even for single-player modes. That's something of an about-face for the publisher, which has gone back and forth on the controversial digital rights management tactic. Afterdenial-of-service attacks rendered Assassin's Creed II and Silent Hunter 5 unplayable for legitimate customers last year, Ubisoft relaxed its stand on the issue, removing the requirement from some titles and not including it at all with others.

Developed by Ubisoft Reflections, Driver: San Francisco will be the first game in the series released under Ubisoft's auspices since the publisher acquired the franchise from Atari in 2006. The game is set to launch for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, and Mac. A Wii edition has also been announced.

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

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 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 get a bird's-eye view of the city to jump to various locations.

For more information, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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lilhinkle4
lilhinkle4

Why do you idiots get p*ssed at Ubisoft for doing stuff like this? Blame the b*tches who can't just spend money and support companies to play their games. I'm glad companies do stuff like this, they deserve the right to.

NeilCardiff
NeilCardiff

I was thinking about getting this if the reviews were good but I don't do business with companies that treat me like a potential criminal.

neo19389
neo19389

the audacity of stupidity is what defines ubisoft they don't know the first rule of business i.e customers satisfaction,one day they will cry upon their own foolishness,as acts like such wont hurt pc gaming which is the root of gaming industry but only themselves.

neo19389
neo19389

No matter what ubisoft is once again on the top of my hate list of gaming franchises by introducing the craziest blaze in technological industry i.e drm once again in their games

DKant
DKant

AGAIN, the PC gets shafted. Is it really that hard to pirate 360 and PS3 games, that they don't need this type of crazy drm? Or is it that those who care enough to buy the consoles don't bother to try too hard to crack them? Nice way of thanking your customers Ubi - maybe someone should file a suit citing privacy concerns. Why do you need the constant internet connection? What information about me are you passing to your servers? I see a lot of hard disk activity when playing your game, are you stealing files? Can you prove it? Fight paranoia with paranoia. :) I love the sound of that but unfortunately I suppose it's just a fancy story. :) Just another way in which PC gaming is being pushed toward the edge of the cliff....slowly....steadily....

Rocker6
Rocker6

@xs_paine FADE is also crackable,Arma 2 uses it,and there are ways to disable it,but still a good idea,it would at least slow piracy and it wouldnt hurt loyal customers who buy their games.

DeadrisingX1
DeadrisingX1

Why is it mainly ubisoft that's doing this to their games?

xs_paine
xs_paine

If they had to use any DRM scheme at all, why don't they just pick FADE? It's an immensely clever little system for hindering pirates; if it detects the game to be a pirated copy (and it's a fairly efficient system the program has going for it) it slowly but surely degrades the game by deleting files until it is rendered unplayable. It's an effective way to stop piracy, and it has a funny little side-effect of being free advertising; Ubisoft could learn a thing or two. Wouldn't they want to use a system like that instead of just placing unnecessary burdens on people who actually paid for the game? Most people don't tend to react well to being treated like they're going to snatch a man's car keys the instant his back is turned...

Rocker6
Rocker6

@EA_LOVER Good idea,I did the same with AC2,and it was one of my favourite games ever,because thanks to Skidrow's crack,DRM never bothered me.

DeadrisingX1
DeadrisingX1

F***ing Constant connection DRM, until they get rid of it, I'm out.

Egy-gamer
Egy-gamer

This is a bad news what if i;m playing in a place without Internet connection what if i didn't like the game i hope that Skidrow or Reloaded or any other team come up with somting to break that seal

d_parker
d_parker

When did Steven Segal become a studio manager?

tachsniper
tachsniper

@EA_LOVER yea too bad Ubisoft will never realize that dumb DRM's like this only in fact ENCOURAGE piracy.

EA_LOVER
EA_LOVER

am not going to buy this game until the Skidrow crack the game without Internet connection

LoveWiiDestroy9
LoveWiiDestroy9

Constant connection DRM is dumb. It hasn't stopped pirates before and it won't now.

xAgentXBC
xAgentXBC

Driver was the first playstation game I really really liked. Too bad UBIStupid is doing their best to keep people from buying their games. Don't want to play offline games and be tied to the internet. At this time I am rooting for the pirates as UBI has irked me with too many releases that &*^k my computer up. UBI, I hope you get majorly screwed with DOS attacks. I would enjoy watching a slow tortuous death of your company too.

alexLmx6
alexLmx6

So if I want to play at my cottage I must be a dirty filthy evil pirate.. Well it's not as if I would buy this game anyways. Good luck Ubi, keep annoying your customers and you'll reach your aparent goal of going out of business.

tachsniper
tachsniper

@oUNKNOWNo I'll explain how this works for those not familiar with PC gaming, and PC piracy. This is not condoning piracy simply informing how "cracks" usually work. Cracks on pirated games usually block the game from connecting to the internet thus blocking out any and all authentication servers. By requiring a constant internet connection the use of typical cracks won't work the game will see you're not connected to the net and shut down. That is the logic behind this supposedly stopping the piracy of the game by conventional means. However this technique has already been cracked and the use of it in HAWX 2 and Assassins Creed 2 in fact only backfired against Ubisoft and only created a fan backlash. There is this stigma attached to the PC that it's a haven for pirates, not true, the PS3 and 360 have just as much piracy.

AvnKnight
AvnKnight

havnt been following this, so is the one gonna actually be good?

noble95x
noble95x

why do u need a constant internet connection for pc?

GunBladeHero
GunBladeHero

Ubisoft is crazy, requiring an internet connection for playing offline is going too far! I hope to God this stupid idea doesn't hit the consoles!

oUNKNOWNo
oUNKNOWNo

Wow does many games for PC require constant internet connection? -_-

lithus
lithus

This is one of those series of games that should have just stopped after the 1st installment. It's not that Driver was a bad game by any means, then, but it was so darn restrictive in what it offered. Just driving. Hence being the "driver". Now they're basically making this a completely different game from the ground up and just slapping the franchise name on it. I think they nailed it with the GTA 3 (and up) series, there's just no room for improvement with Driver. Sorry, but ya missed the window.

Super-Poke-Bros
Super-Poke-Bros

My internet connection had a good speed, but it cuts off now and then for long streches of time. They should at least give us one month of free internet to compensate.

neo19389
neo19389

By the way the reviewer is right abt the car it really is ford shelby gt 500 not dodge challenger,it really is obvious from the hood and head lights in the above image

Tviper7
Tviper7

Wow! Brendan its 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T 440-6pak which could in no way ever be confused with 1967 Shelby GT500 Mustang, seriously do some research before you publish in the future......

Battlehead90
Battlehead90

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mdharken
mdharken

*Sigh* You never learn do you UBI? You saw how great your Assassins Creed 2 DRM did.... why don't you learn from your mistakes and stop hurting yourself?

OJ_the_LION
OJ_the_LION

Looking forward to this game, but I won't buy it if it requires me to be constantly online. That's both out of principle, and because Comcast sucks and likes to boot me offline at weird times.

tachsniper
tachsniper

I hate being automatically treated like a criminal, Ubisoft can suck it. I hope you fools go bankrupt.

jamyskis
jamyskis

I think Ubisoft has pretty much died out on the PC market now. Since their last major DRM-free release - Assassin's Creed 1 - all of their DRM-infected titles have flopped and been relegated to the bargain bin very, very quickly. This will be no different. I'm certainly not sheepish enough to buy it.

tachsniper
tachsniper

it doesn't matter when it comes out, Online pass + draconian DRM = Game im not buying.

berto64
berto64

im buying this for the 360 so no wories for me on that sucks for the PC gamers though:(.

moviequest14
moviequest14

Got to give BIG props to them for not only making a Nintendo available Driver Title but a T-rated one at that (without cutting out content from the driver franchise).I do,however,very much hate the fact you are confined to a car the whole time without the feature of getting out and causing some trouble without being in a car...overall looks like an impressive game though.

dz99ls
dz99ls

huge mistake they should have moved to mid august rather than september. They would much rather compete with Reistance 3 and Dead Island.....

SadPSPAddict
SadPSPAddict

Won't be getting it for a pc anyway so who cares??

Gamer_4_Fun
Gamer_4_Fun

wow ubi wow!! Brilliant! I am not a PC gamer anymore but this is outrage!! Everyone, I call for boycott all UBI games: Is gonna be easier as they don't make good games anyways.

Rocker6
Rocker6

Yay,DRM is back! No thanks Ubisoft,you wont get my money now.If yout think this will stop piracy,it wont,it will be cracked like every DRM so far.It will only hurt your loyal customers and hurt PC sales of the game.

Giga_Surfer
Giga_Surfer

Yay this idiotic and retrograded measure is on again, how much time will take the gaming industry to understand that DRM hurts more then it does any good, there isn't any game for PC using DRM that manage to actually prevent piracy, even AC 2 got cracked, took them hackers a time but it was hacked, every time hackers manage to bypass DRM, why put a security measure against piracy if this measure not only doesn't work but it also hurts those who paid for the game, its baffling how the Gaming industry can be so stupid. And more you can expect the same DDoS attacks on this game.

wdma
wdma

So its all about shift in and shift out !! hmmm.. doesn't sound like driver sequel at all

Marasca2
Marasca2

Screw you Ubisoft and your DRM. I'm not going to buy any game with that s**t. If the objective was to avoid piracy, you already failed, all your DRM games have already been cracked.

adroge1
adroge1

If I still bought PC games, I wouldn't buy this for the PC. A constant internet connection is just not a reasonable expectation to be placed on customers.