Rockstar is creating a
multiplayer bridge between Max Payne 3 and its future titles including
GTA 5. This week, the studio revealed to IGN that it is
using Max Payne 3 as a launching pad for a new “Crews” system that
would allow friends and strangers to band together via Rockstar's
Social Club to gain team-based perks throughout the studio's games.
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 in Grand Theft Auto V from day one,” explained
Rockstar's Dan Houser, adding, “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."
than a glorified gaming party, members of these Social Club gangs
will gain bonuses for pulling off in-game actions that benefit their individual crews. For instance, avenging the death of a crew
member from one game in another may earn extra XP, while picking
fights with members of an opposing crew during an unrelated
free-for-all will also increase one's standing. Max Payne 3 will also
introduce a Vendetta feature, whereby players can mark a rival crew
member for death and either receive both points for exacting revenge, or give the enemy extra experience if they fail to gun them down.
are firm believers in the potential of third-person multiplayer and
the attachment it can create to character, stories and worlds. This
is at the heart of what we're doing with crews, and we think it opens
up limitless new possibilities for the future. 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," insisted Houser.
Crews will be part and parcel of Max Payne 3's multiplayer
offerings. Learn what else Rockstar has cooking for its online
revolution in our preview, max Payne 3 multiplayer details - a chat with the lead designer.