Multiplayer. It is the next big thing in video games. This game mode has become so trendy that it is almost obligatory in most new titles. Even if the title did not really need a mutliplayer mode, it will still be packed with the otherwise single-player game. In an industry where a herd mentality rules the day, adding a multiplayer mode to an otherwise perfectly fine solo experience game is the game industry equivalent of wearing talismans for added luck. It has an almost magical quality since saying you added multiplayer functionality to your game makes your project a serious and “with it” project. Sadly, since developers are handing out multiplayer modes like randomly distributed hotcakes, there isn’t much quality in multiplayer iterations out there. They all have some basic stuff in common and it’s all quite mediocre to some extent. Yay, you can find and match with other players online. Awesome, you can shoot at them during team combat. But… what else is there?
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Thankfully, epic video game developer Rockstar Games does not believe in half-steps or running with the herd. Either it takes a game feature or genre to the next level or it just stays home and chill. There is no middle way or compromise with this developer. Just look at what it did with single player adventure game Grand Theft Auto. How about western-themed games with Red Dead Redemptions? How about hard-nosed action with the Max Payne series? Rockstar does not mess around. It either swings for the fences or it does not swing at all. Multiplayer needs to be taken to the next level, and that is precisely what Rockstar will be doing by implementing and building upon the crew system Max Payne 3 brings to the table. Crews are online gangs you join and which follow you from game to game. Grand Theft Auto 5′s crews looks to grow from Max Payne 3 to GTA 5. Imagine being part of an online gang numbering in the thousands. Imagine tracking down members of enemy crews and ranking each crew. What you have is an online world of differing loyalties and suspense as each crew tries to take out rivals and avoid antagonizing others. This is exactly the topsy turvy shifting alliance mutiplayer game that is missing from most multiplayer games. We don’t have the full details yet and this implementation is still evolving but expect Rockstar to move the game industry’s goal posts forward yet again.