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CrimeCraft

Platform(s): PC
Genre: Online Multiplayer
Publisher: Vogster
Developer: Vogster Interactive
Release Date: Aug. 25, 2009

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'CrimeCraft' Content Update/Patch Coming Tomorrow, Adds New Map, Many Changes

by Rainier on March 8, 2010 @ 12:57 a.m. PST

CrimeCraft, powered by the Unreal Engine 3, is an MMO that combines the action of a tactical shooter with the strategy of an RPG. Set in a modern world you take part in the political, economical and social life of a big city.

The game is set in a modern world. Players will take part in the political, economical and social life of a big city. They will run businesses, engage in commerce, and suffer the consequences of confrontations with criminal groups and shadowy law enforcement figures. Powerful AI will support the constantly changing atmosphere of the streets and enable players to feel the live pulse of the Megapolis.

CrimeCraft, a massively multiplayer third-person shooter, role-playing game is a unique forerunner into a genre dominated by fantasy and sci-fi themes as it transports gamers into a lawless city filled with gangs, crime and street-style justice.

Winning in CrimeCraft takes more than guts and guns. In CrimeCraft, player success comes from being prepared and choosing a specific set of skills, then developing those skills to the point where mastery turns you into an unstoppable force of destruction.

There are approximately 40 different skills your character can specialize in. Each of these skills can be combined in thousands of combinations as you advance your character from starting newcomer to gang kingpin. CrimeCraft takes the character advancement of an RPG and blends it into the explosive action of a shooter.

We’ve got a ton of content, including a significant list of fixes coming. Here’s just a bit of that list:

  • Grenade animation fixes
  • Applying handicaps to all attributes
  • Flag glitching
  • General Protection Fault Error fix
  • Rendering Thread Exception error fix
  • General client crash fixes
  • Mesh tearing fixes

Premium, Deluxe and Free to Play Changes

We’re making some major adjustments to our subscription tiers to provide better value to our players.

The Free to Play tier has undergone some radical changes. This is an unlimited play time offer, but players will earn experience, cash and loot at about half the rate of their paying counterparts. They also will be limited in access to bank tabs (two versus six for paying customers) and will pay more in-game cash for vendor services, auction house sales and other in-game services. Free to play characters also can’t start or lead gangs, but they have full gang membership opportunities and privileges. We believe these changes will make F2P much more viable to players.

Next up we have the Deluxe subscription tier. This is now the baseline subscription and comes in at $4.99. At this level, you get one month (30 days) of play time and a 10 GB stipend.

Finally, we have the Premium subscription which comes in at $9.99 and includes one month (30 days) of play time and a 120 Gold Bar (GB) stipend.

Economy Balancing

The current CrimeCraft economy has gotten significantly out of whack, so we’re making several adjustments designed to get our money system back in balance. Most important among these are nearly across the board price increases and the price they pay for items from characters will be going down. The vendors and trainers of Sunrise City will in general be charging twice as much for their services and many of their wares. Gang creation and maintenance costs also will be going up.

That’s right, the high cost of inflation has come to the streets of Sunrise City. Level 50 characters, who have been getting in-game cash instead of experience, will also see a cut in their take home pay.

Item Durability

Most items in game, with a few exceptions, have an associated durability rating. As you use an item, it gets damaged and suffers wear and tear. Currently, items can be repaired to full strength an infinite number of times. Starting with the new patch, this will change. Each time an item is repaired, it will lose a small percentage of its total durability rating and eventually it will break. All of the high-level, advanced weapons also will become bind on equip.

These steps also have the added bonus of increasing the value of the Gunsmith profession and their ability to craft high-level multi-slot guns.

Tournaments

Starting on March 9, we will have our first daily tournament. Players must form teams of four and register to compete with the first tourney kicking off at 3 a.m. March 10 server time, 10 p.m. EST March 9, 7 p.m. March 9 PST.

These tournaments will run Monday through Saturday and teams will compete in Shootout matches on three maps, Isopach Oil, Olympia Mill & Lumberyard and Othello Sky Bridge. At launch we will be offering prizes including multi-slot weapons, high level boosts and in-game cash. Tournaments will be a great way to offset some of the costs of the economy changes that have been made as winning team members can earn up to 4500 credits.

Once the patch is live, you’ll be able to hit ‘T’ in any lobby and see all of the details for prizes and start times.

Scavenger Tool

We are adding a third AUG slot for the Scavenger Tool, a new item players can attune to find crafting ingredients for a specific profession and tier. The Scavenger Tool is made by characters from a recipe and Broken Electronic Parts, which can be purchased from any crafting trainer.

We’re also making some changes to the crafting system that will improve the experience for all professions, and with the Scavenger Tool, players will find the path to level up their professions to be much easier. That said, there will be additional changes coming to crafting in future patches that will continue to improve the game.

Wrap Up

These are the four big change areas you’re going to experience once the patch goes live on March 9. You’ll also see smaller changes, like two new outfits, Made Man and Murder Maid at the Premium vendor and a lot of bug fixes. These fixes will be outlined in extensive patch notes to be posted on March 9. This is a big step forward for CrimeCraft and we believe it is the most polished patch we have produced to date.

Don’t forget, however, that there’s still more in the pipeline. We’ve got Night Clubs and a full tutorial that didn’t quite make this patch. We’re also instituting a policy for player suggestions that will keep us more responsive to community needs moving forward. It won’t be long till I’m announcing our next patch, so keep an eye here on the forums for more news!

Key Features :

  • Crime – Perform various “tasks” and “jobs” for money and experience which can be used to help you gain a reputation, learn new trade skills and perform new abilities in battle.
  • Craft - Use the loot gained from battle to create your own weapons, clothing and performance boosts.
  • Unreal Technology - Explore the vast world of Sunrise City beautifully rendered by the powerful Unreal Engine 3.
  • Intense TPS Action – Battle other players or AI enemies with a wide range of weapons, explosives, abilities, and enhancements at your disposal.
  • Deep RPG Gameplay – Over 40 skills to specialize in as your character progresses over 50 levels of advancement.
  • Personalize - Amazing depth in the variety of clothes, weapons, items, and skills available to distinguish your character and your crew from the masses playing online.
  • Team Up - Form virtual gangs to build a reputation, assign rankings, pool money and goods, and buy gang hideouts.
  • Underground Economy - Control the quality and cost of manufactured items that you create, modify, or repair. Then sell, trade, or auction them to other players on the open black market.

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