The third installment of Atari’s gritty, crime-fighting Driver video game series will feature some high-octane voice talent from the film industry. Michael Madsen (Kill Bill, Reservoir Dogs), Ving Rhames (Pulp Fiction, The Green Mile), Mickey Rourke (9-1/2 Weeks, Once Upon a time in Mexico) and Michelle Rodriguez (Girl Fight, Blue Crush) will all assume lead roles in the title, scheduled for release on PlayStation 2 and in Xbox Spring 2004.
Atari’s Reflections Interactive is developing DRIV3R to look and feel like an interactive movie that sets players on a high-speed game of cat-and-mouse that winds through such diverse environments as Miami, Florida; Nice, France; and Istanbul, Turkey.
Madsen will take the lead as main character Tanner, the jaw-breaking undercover cop who will stop at nothing to bring down an international car theft syndicate. Rhames will provide the voice of Tanner’s hard-nosed partner, Tobias Jones, while Rourke plays the heavy as Jericho, the sinister leader of the international crime syndicate. Rodriguez rounds out the main cast as Calita, the sexy leader of a Miami car theft ring.
According to Atari, Driver and Driver 2 have sold more than 12 million copies worldwide. The company is confident that Hollywood-caliber production values and a gripping narrative story line will make DRIV3R a successful follow-up. More information on the game can be found at http://www.atari.com/.