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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 Adds New Feature, Languages, Details Roadmap

by Rainier on July 8, 2019 @ 12:00 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.

Today’s Flashing Lights update introduces the ability for police officers to call for medical support when injured in the line of duty. When playing in multiplayer, this feature will send an alert to any EMS players on the server, with players now able to revive eachother.

The game also expands by adding to the roster of supported languages. As of today, Flashing Lights is fully localised in Traditional Chinese, French, Dutch, Swedish, Danish, Brazilian Portuguese and Polish, adding to the already supported English, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, German, Russian, Spanish and Latvian.

Flashing Lights’ Q3 2019 Early Access roadmap has also been announced with the much requested police computer and database search to debut later this month, allowing players to research NPCs to check for any criminal record. Controller support and new firefighting missions will launch in August and September respectively.

Today also marks the reveal of the next three months of Early Access updates, all the while players can pick up the game at 25% off in the Steam Summer Sale.

  • When playing as EMS in multiplayer you can now revive shot and injured players
  • When shot and injured in single player you can now call an EMS NPC to revive you
  • When shot and injured in multiplayer you can now call an EMS player to revive you
  • Revive menu added so that you can choose to call for an EMS assist or to respawn at station when shot and injured
  • 7 new languages now supported: Traditional Chinese, French, Dutch, Swedish, Danish, Brazilian Portuguese, Polish
  • Player ID numbers now shown on chat messages
  • "Unconscious person" callout updated to include a bystander EMS NPC


  • Suspects no longer can shoot after being frisked
  • Vehicle acceleration power reduced
  • Sirens can now be heard from a wider radius
  • Player healthbar added to minimap (F2) toggle
  • Some adjustments for NPC EMS transport to make their arrival smoother
  • Birthday cake and hat removed :(
  • Multiplayer police players can not be shot by other players
  • Random invisible patients, suspects and pedestrians fixed
  • Fixed issue where role or character change made map tags duplicate
  • Police car 1 lights adjustments
  • NPC EMS characters no longer run through ambulance

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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