This is due to the fact that many people who played the Vin Diesel-fueled game at E3 2008 thought that it needed some more time to polish it up before it was released to the masses. Originally the game was scheduled for this fall, but it looks like Midway has listened and will be taking the extra time to spruce the game up. Which is always a welcome development if you ask me.
The new release date will also still allow you to play the game before the movie of the same name hits theaters.
The Wheelman combines spectacular Hollywood-style stunts with a “gripping storyline” that provides “adrenaline-fueled, cinematic thrill ride guaranteed to leave you breathless”. Vin Diesel stars as an undercover agent and highly skilled driver who has to infiltrate the Barcelona underworld, gathering intelligence for a covert heist. But while posing as a driver-for-hire, Diesel ends up caught in a crossfire of corruption and chaos while trying to stay one-step ahead of the local law enforcement, as well as rival gangs that want him dead.
Key features of The Wheelman include:
* Vin Diesel is The Wheelman – Action film megastar Vin Diesel and his Tigon Studios are again blurring the lines between entertainment mediums, this time collaborating with Midway in the design and production of WHEELMAN to ensure an edge-of-your-seat gaming experience. Diesel’s voice and likeness will appear as the game’s main character, expert Wheelman Milo Burik.
* Cinematic Thrill Ride – Wheelman delivers rubber-burning, asphalt-churning excitement that will take gamers on a white knuckle thrill ride that unfolds throughout the streets of Barcelona. Featuring car chases inspired by Hollywood’s most famous action-sequences, Wheelman will deliver powerful cinematic moments throughout the game’s compelling storyline.
* Supermove Stunts – Survive death-defying feats by performing pulse-pounding maneuvers that only an expert Wheelman can pull off. Pull off a Cyclone and spin the vehicle 360 degrees while precision firing at your enemies.
* More Than Just a Driver – Sideswipe pursuing enemies to get them off your tail, execute devastating maneuvers for maximum motor vehicle carnage, or grab your gun and start blasting right through the windshield.
* Maximum Mobility – Commandeer a semi truck to leave your mark on the city. Escape down a narrow alleyway on the back of a tricked-out motorcycle. Hop behind the wheel of exclusively licensed vehicles and make your getaway in style.
* Hit the Pavement – Even the best Wheelman sometimes needs to get out of the vehicle. Take to the Barcelona streets for on-foot action – but make sure to remember your guns.
* Living, Breathing Barcelona – Set in the exotic location of Barcelona, Spain. This classic European city is densely populated with traffic and pedestrians that react intelligently to your actions as you roam around realistic environments filled with massively destructible objects.