In case you haven’t been keeping up with Ubisoft’s attempt to revitalize the Driver franchise, here’s the launch trailer for Driver: San Francisco.
The trailer kind of skirts around the issue, but the fact is that the whole game takes place in the main character’s head. As Creative Producer Martin Edmondson put it, “Tanner is in a coma, after the accident [at the end of Driv3r] and just thinks he’s had a lucky escape, and the player knows that he’s in a coma. So this is all playing out in his mind.” It’s interesting to watch that video again after knowing that and wonder, “So what’s the point?”
The point is that the game is that it is apparently very fun. Abandoning the Grand Theft Auto-inspired elements that had begun to creep into the series, Driver:SF has gone back to the roots of the Atari games and made the title 100% driving-oriented. You can’t get out of your car, but you can “shift” into other cars to keep things fresh. You’re in a coma dream after all, why wouldn’t you spend the entire thing psychically leaping from car to car?
Driver: San Francisco will be released in NA on September 6th, 2011.