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Flashing Lights

Platform(s): PC
Genre: Online Multiplayer
Publisher: Excalibur Publishing
Developer: Nils Jakrins
Release Date: June 7, 2018

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'Flashing Lights' Early Access Update Brings New Weapons, Fixes & Tweaks

by Rainier on April 12, 2019 @ 8:15 a.m. PDT

Flashing Lights is an online multiplayer-focused emergency services simulator where you choose to enlist as either a police officer, firefighter or a medic and ensure that the city is in safe hands.

Flashing Lights is a single player and multiplayer emergency services simulator focusing on police, firefighters and emergency medical services. Enrolling with one of three departments, players will take on unique missions and rewards in an open world.

Enrol with the police, emergency medical services or fire department and take on missions unique to each service in an open world. Engage in desperate car chases, diagnose life-threatening injuries, and put out lethal fires! Each department has its own vehicles and equipment for you to operate while on duty. Play in single player, or work together with friends in online multiplayer to tackle incidents across a shared world.

Players will team up with friends online and divide their team between the three emergency services at will. They'll race around the open world in various vehicles, to where they are needed, working together to help civilians in accidents or catch a fleeing criminal.

The police, fire and EMS simulator game, Flashing Lights, today receives a brand new content update.

New to the game’s police department are weapons and some new and updated missions. As well as the new handgun and shotgun, developer Nils Jakrins has also added a variety of building interiors for players to explore in the game’s open world.

The entirety of Flashing Lights, including today’s new content, is available in either single player or up to ten player multiplayer.

Flashing Lights is out now in Early Access and is currently 25% off for the next ten days.

Detailed Update


  • Shotguns and handguns have been added for the police department
  • Armed robbery callout for police added (ID 1014)
  • Possible armed suspects added to some existing callouts
  • Basic interior for gas stations and diner cafes introduced
  • Weapon wheel menu added, mapped to the Q key by default (Can still use regular number keys 1; 3; 4; 5)
  • Shotgun accessible from police vehicle trunk
  • Ability to call EMS for NPCs who have died added
  • Can now press the Z button to switch shoulders while on foot
  • NPCs now receive damage when being hit by a car
  • Player character and NPCs take damage depending on body part hit
  • Player and NPC health bars added
  • Player healing spots added at Hospital, Police and Fire departments, as well as gas stations around the open world
  • Player character now ragdolls and respawns after health reaches zero
  • Negative reputation points for shooting or running over unarmed NPCs
  • Pedestrians and suspects may put their hands up when player aims at them
  • Crosshair added when aiming weapons
  • Lights added to the diner, gas stations and hospital
  • You can now search Incapacitated suspects
  • Screen dim effect added when player receives damage
  • Weapon shot muzzle flash effect added
  • Bullet impace sound effect added (currently universal for all surfaces)
  • Shotgun now has a temporary reload animation
  • Person with a gun callout added for police (ID 1015)
  • Experimental command /m-cancel added for multiplayer clients to end calls


  • Minor SUVs physics centre of mass adjustments
  • Fire SUV no longer spawns with lights on
  • Minor front flashing lights adjustments for SUVs
  • Alcohol check BAC value capped to 0.2
  • Fixed an issue with the reload sound effect playing twice
  • Potential fix introduced for vehicle doors stuck closed (please report if you still encounter the issue)
  • Temporarily removed weapon selection menu at PD until more variety of weapons are added
  • NPC bone structure reset after respawn
  • Disabled reload while typing "r" in chat
  • Interaction menus now cancel if NPC or player goes into ragdoll mode
  • Ambulance truck stretcher spawn positions altered
  • Traffic stop on foot process is now faster
  • Adjustments for parked cars in some locations
  • Incapacitated suspects can no longer keep shooting
  • NPC ambulances now appear for both clients and hosts on multiplayer
  • Player list now correctly shows when pressing Tab
  • Armed robbery locations correctly show for all players on multiplayer
  • Gas station windows can no longer be walked through
  • Vehicle wheel colliders have been adjusted to reduce bouncing on cars
  • Vehicle door tag issue potentially fixed - please report if it still happens
  • Shotgun holding adjustments for aim pose
  • Shotgun recoil adjusted
  • Adjusted camera distance while aiming
  • Bullet trail adjustments made
  • Suspects no longer spawn on gas station roof
  • You can no longer reload weapons when fully loaded

Usually the first to respond to a criminal incident, the police are equipped with the fastest cars and use a variety of equipment. Their roles vary from handing out parking tickets to engaging with dangerous suspects. They will do everything they can to prevent criminal activity and put a stop to any crimes in progress. Ranging from traffic cones, to spike strips, to speed cameras, you'll need to kit yourself out:

  • Spike strips
  • A variety of Weapons
  • Traffic Cones and Police Tape

As a medical specialist, your job lies in keeping members of the public alive, treating patients for severe wounds, diagnosing injuries and more. Further to this, Ambulance Operators can also heal other players in multiplayer, which is vital in particularly dangerous jobs. Life-saving work requires life-saving tools and equipment:

  • Medical bag
  • Stretcher
  • Ambulance

The role of the fire department extends far beyond putting out flames, as they work closely with medical services on the scene, prying open crashed cars so that medical staff can get to the injured is vital, for example. The fire department won’t engage in the pursuit of suspects, but will handle the aftermath of an incident, including, of course, putting out fires. Battling flames and freeing trapped civilians is going to involve some heavy duty gear:

  • Jaws of Life
  • Axe
  • Hosepipe
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Firetruck

Team up with fellow players online and divide your team between the three emergency services at will. Race around the open world to where you are needed. Work together to help civilians in accidents or clean up the trail left behind from a high-speed car chase.

You'll receive emergency calls to action, and successfully completing missions will earn you experience points within your department. As you prove yourself to the Emergency Services Division, you'll be assigned more dangerous and important jobs. But if you start to slip up, don't be surprised to see yourself falling back down the ranks.

Flashing Lights features a thriving open world that will see emergencies break out through day and night. From bustling city streets to rural countryside mansions, this is an exciting and varied open world. Environmental physics make police car chases all the more engaging, with both you and the suspect leaving your mark on the world.

Watch the city and its citizens' behavior change as you move from day to night. Types of emergency incidents change as the traffic dissipates and the bars open, making drunk drivers and fist fights more common.

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