E3 2010: Driver: San Francisco Multiplayer and 'Shift' Mechanic Detailed
Written Monday, June 14, 2010 By Richard WalkerView author's profile
Returning to the roots of the first Driver, series creator Martin Edmondson took to Ubisoft's E3 stage to introduce Driver: San Francisco, which sees the return of Tanner and his arch-rival Jericho, who in the opening cinematic play chicken on a bridge in a flagrant disregard for the highway code.
Moving into a gameplay trailer, we see Tanner in his Dodge Challenger RT giving chase to Jericho who is racing down the streets, weaving through traffic in a Porsche 911. That's right, all of Driver's cars are now fully licensed and there's over 100 of them, all of which can be smashed up.
What's more, in a bizarre and somewhat tenuous gameplay device, Tanner is apparently in a coma following a horrible accident (probably that head-on collision on the bridge earlier) and so can now 'shift' between any vehicle anywhere in the city.
With 208 miles of road to explore, there are plenty of cars to jump to, although you'll need to charge up the 'shift' ability before you can use it. And with his encyclopedic knowledge of cars, Tanner will get the name and model of every vehicle you shift to.
Multiplayer is also confirmed for the new Driver game, which according to Edmondson in his closing statement, "will transform your perception of what a multiplayer Driver can be."
No doubt Webb will return with the skinny on all of that once he's played the game at Ubisoft's booth.