Before Ubisoft Reflects and 17 other Ubisoft subsidiaries were tapped to develop Driver: San Francisco, another Driver 5 was briefly in pre-production at Sumo Digital, Unseen 64 reports.
Sumo Digital, of curse, is best known for Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, an arcade racer that is infinitely better than Mario Kart, and the only people who can contest that are ones who’ve played it. According to Unseen 64, in early 2010, Driver 5—a working title—was in pre-production at Sumo, who’d worked with Ubisoft previously on Driver ’76 for PSP. Unfortunately, the would-be Driver 5 was canceled before it ever left pre-production, and instead the project was passed on to Ubisoft Reflections to become Driver: San Francisco.
Concept Art obtained by Unseen 64, however, suggests that Sumo’s Driver 5 would’ve also been set in San Francisco/the Bay Area, much like its replacement. Sumo’s take would’ve also featured destructible environments for dynamic chases, an idea that did find its way into Sonic & All-Stars Racing in the form of transforming tracks.
More concept art can be found at Unseen 64.
Source: Unseen 64