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New Driver In Development At Ubisoft

It was one of the best games on the original PlayStation, and the sequel was pretty darn good, too. The series kinda lost its luster after that, but we have high hopes for a next-gen Driver.

According to this BBC video entitled, "How a Computer Game is Made," it becomes very clear that Ubisoft's Reflections studio is working on a new installment in the long-running series. We don't learn much about the game itself in that video, but the mere fact it exists is relatively big news. All we really know is that it's currently in development - obviously - and the next step would be for Ubisoft to officially announce the project, along with an estimated release date and targeted platforms. Back in the '90s, Driver was exclusive to the PlayStation, but it went multiplatform the following generation (Driver: Parallel Lines was for both the PS2 and Xbox). And of course, it seems like no third-party game will be exclusive this generation.

That is, unless Microsoft moves to purchase timed exclusivity for every last big-time third-party title out there. We hear they're trying to do with that Resident Evil 5, for example... But anyway, a new Driver will be headed our way at some point, and we'll bring you details as they become available.

6/18/2008 Ben Dutka

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Comments (11 posts)

Dustinwp
Wednesday, June 18, 2008 @ 3:05:12 PM
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Microsoft as a company makes sick! Anyone who supports a company that pays to keep things away from gamers,which by the way is what we all are weather you own a PC,Xbox or playstation should really think about the future of this hobby and the wrong way it's heading.

If your product isn't appealing to some gamers,then make one that is so people buy it don't take it out on gamers,because their not interested in your product.

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ThePoetRazel
Wednesday, June 18, 2008 @ 3:56:34 PM

Evilincarnate, it's called business.
If a games developer wants to sell exclusivity of their game then that's their choice, cos it's their game.
PS3 has exclusives too. Does that also make Sony evil for keeping games from 360 owners?

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PilarVIRUS
Wednesday, June 18, 2008 @ 3:44:48 PM
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Well, let just hope they don't mess this game up this time. Because we all know how many time they have messed up this game in the past years.

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Dustinwp
Wednesday, June 18, 2008 @ 4:20:17 PM
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@ThePoetRazel Sony has a business policy that was put in place by Phil Harrison that will not allow sony to pay for exclusives or timed releases.
Also if sony or nintendo were paying developers I would feel the same way.Developers should worry about the quality of their software,not a payday from a console company for a half ass product.
If developers can get paid for software before it's even released then why even try to make quality games.

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ThePoetRazel
Thursday, June 19, 2008 @ 5:47:44 AM

However, your previous comment stated that it was wrong to have exclusives at all cos it keeps games away from gamers.
It just sounds like more pointless MS bashing to me. Which is starting to annoy me. Microsoft is a company. They are good at what they do. They may not be perfect and they may make mistakes sometimes, but they are not evil.
As for Sony's position on buying exclusives, that's obviously more of a financial decision than a moral one. If they found it more cost effective to buy exclusivity, they would in a heart beat. Like i said, it's called business.

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aaronisbla
Wednesday, June 18, 2008 @ 5:37:44 PM
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Is it me, or does it reek of desperation when MS pulls these kinds of "business" choices? its like they aren't confident in there 1st party games so they need to rely on snagging timed exclusives by payin for them to stay afloat.

I don't think capcom would do that, but i guess everyone has a price and i wouldn't put it past them for some reason. But thats a huge market they would be alienating, companies need to stop acting like there aren't any ps3 owners out there, its getting old

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Qubex
Wednesday, June 18, 2008 @ 6:59:10 PM

I don't think they are completely confident in their XBOX360!

Q!

"aLL RoAdS LeAd ToO HoMe"

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Deleted User
Wednesday, June 18, 2008 @ 7:27:23 PM
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MS knows that the PS3 has the upper hand hell two upper hands when it comes to the technology in the system therefore is able to produce way better games and if they don’t snag timed exclusives then PS3 will over take them in no time. But that will probably happen anyways considering the exclusives out and/or coming out for the PS3. I guess we’ll see when the sales reports come out for June, I doubt very many people bought a 360 when MGS4 was released.

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Dustinwp
Thursday, June 19, 2008 @ 9:05:27 AM
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@ThePoetRazel,Phil Harrison put that policy in place, because Sony has confidence in there product.By the way I never said MS was evil so don't put words in my mouth.As far as MS being good at what they do thats your opinion,I don't feel the same.
Microsoft's customer service is poor and there products brake down to often.Personally I feel if they didn't buy exclusives or timed releases,they wouldn't even be able to compete with sony or nintendo.Thats how confident they are in there product.

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Qubex
Thursday, June 19, 2008 @ 9:27:33 AM

The did have a years head start though!

Q!

"aLL RoAdS LeAd ToO HoMe"

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Loogs
Thursday, June 19, 2008 @ 12:17:19 PM
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Driver and Driver 2 were two of the most played PS1 games I owned, I had to buy multiple copies of both just because I played them so much! I was hopeful on DRIV3R (somewhat bad) and Driver: Parallel Lines (very bad), but they really didn't hold any essence the first two did. Atari (who produced 3 and PL) really knows how to buy a franchise and destroy everything it stands for. If Ubisoft has any brains, they'll see the 12 million units (probs more now) sold between Driver and Driver 2, and stick to those games' formulas. As a fan, I am embarrassed of the second half of releases, although DRIV3R had a lot of secret areas to explore, but Atari left quite a stain...after Reflections is tossed around like a neglected child for the second time from Atari to Ubisoft, I hope it gets the direction it deserves! *prays for Ubisoft after waiting years for a decent Driver installment*

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