Max Payne 3 Multiplayer Crews Can Be Carried Across To Grand Theft Auto V
Written Thursday, March 22, 2012 By Richard WalkerView author's profile
A new feature being wheeled out for Max Payne 3 are the online 'Gang Wars' multiplayer Crews, enabling you to form huge public posses of players online or smaller more exclusive private gangs consisting of your closest and most trusted online allies. The idea is to make it nice and easy for players to jump straight into multiplayer matches and form alliances or grudges with others.
However, your Crews formed in Max Payne 3 will be persistent between all appropriate Rockstar titles in future, including Grand Theft Auto V, which means if you make friends and enemies with your Crew, those relationships could well be for life. It's hoped that this will help foster Rockstar's strong narrative sensibilities in its games' multiplayer modes, advancing what players expect from the online component in a Rockstar title, using its Social Club to expand the experience.
"Ideally it will evolve into something that's both a place for emergent gameplay and for game makers, including writers, animators and designers, to provide some context and structure for that gameplay to make it even more compelling," Rockstar Co-Founder, Dan Houser told IGN. "Even in a single-player game, we're not trying to serve the needs of the story so much as make a story that works to make the action more exciting and compelling. And the same is true of multiplayer, or at least, we think it should be."
It's hoped that Crews will enable Rockstar to go the extra mile as far as storytelling is concerned for multiplayer, with Crew Feuds turning into Crew Vendettas, and carrying over to games like Grand Theft Auto V, all tracked through Social Club.
"The beauty of this system is that crews persist over time and across future games. Multiplayer is an ever-more important part of all our games moving forward. And by creating crews through Social Club, the crews that you create in Max Payne 3 will be ready and available for you to play infrom day one," Houser explained. "It's all part of our larger approach to make multiplayer deeper and richer than what's currently available, much more easily accessible to the newcomer and rewarding for the hardcore."
It seems that Rockstar is putting a lot of thought and effort into Max Payne 3's multiplayer then, and Crews are all part and parcel of that. "It's right at the heart of our goal to bring greater weight and context to multiplayer games while still staying true to what competitive multiplayer does so well," said Houser.
Max Payne 3 is out on May 15th in North America and May 18th in Europe.
[Via Rockstar News Wire]