Police Simulator: Patrol Officers

Platform(s): PC
Genre: Action/Adventure
Publisher: astragon Software
Developer: Aesir Interactive

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'Police Simulator: Patrol Officers' Early Access Update Adds New District, Violations And Improvements - Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 28, 2021 @ 3:05 a.m. PDT

Handcuffs and radar on hand, players will don the badge of a male or female United States police officer and patrol the first district and five neighborhoods of a bustling American city.

Police Simulator: Patrol Officers will paint a realistic picture of a patrol officer’s job in a fictional American city called Brighton. Police fans will wear their virtual badges proudly as they ensure order and safety. Players will be able to patrol the first neighborhood of the introductory city district at launch. If they perform well with their superiors, they’ll unlock access to four more neighborhoods in this first district, where pedestrians and vehicular traffic simulate the impression of a living complex metropolis.

Police fans will begin their careers by choosing one of eight different playable characters. Instead of a lengthy tutorial, a system of unlockable content will teach players all the  skills they need while on patrol. Handy tool tips will provide additional information. 

Collecting shift-points during the workday, which in turn become duty stars, will unlock new districts, new neighborhoods, and new police cars. During shifts, tasks will include enforcing parking regulations, recording traffic accidents, and penalizing traffic offenses like speeding or jaywalking. On top of that, players will have to keep an eye out for wanted suspects.

Appropriate and lawful behavior towards Brighton’s citizens is an integral part of Police Simulator: Patrol Officers. A Conduct Point System will log and penalize abuses of power. Virtual police officers who are found to have acted against the law and the department’s code of conduct will be stripped of their badges and fired.

The title also will include a casual game mode where players will be able to receive hints they wouldn’t normally receive in the main simulation portion of the game. Players will receive tips on crimes occurring in their immediate vicinity. Additionally, they’ll be shown more leniency when it comes to breaking the law, such as speeding or jaywalking. Serious offences like police brutality, however, will still be severely punished. Players will also be able to disable police vehicle collisions with NPCs while in this mode.

Representatives of law and order can soon look forward to new tasks in the fictional US metropolis of Brighton: The third major Early Access content update for Police Simulator: Patrol Officers will reach its beta phase on October 12, 2021 and will introduce new legal violations such as drug trafficking and graffiti spraying, as well as the third city district Brickston, and a new police vehicle.

There will also be further gameplay improvements such as alleys between blocks for shorter walking distances, and correct handcuffing behind the suspect's body. Players will have the opportunity to extensively test the new update on Steam during this beta phase.

The official release of the update is planned for November 2nd, 2021.

A new district to patrol – also behind the wheel of a new police car

The third conteant update of Police Simulator: Patrol Officers invites players to explore a new city district: Brickston consists of the five neighborhoods Sharnwick, Nelson Hill, Brianna, Wilcox, and Bannock, which can be unlocked bit by bit by earning Shift Points and Duty Stars. The new district, characterized by striking brick buildings and narrow one-way streets, also houses the Brighton Hospital. Virtual officers can either patrol the streets of this historic district, which visually differs from the lively Melting Pot and the glamorous downtown, by foot or in a new, sleek police vehicle. 

New violations offer more variety 

In The Operation Anti-Drug update, players can of course not only look forward to a new environment, but also to new areas of responsibility that will bring further variety to everyday police life. As the title of the update suggests, they should keep an eye out for potential drug dealers on the streets of Brighton who are looking to sell their illegal goods to potential buyers in a seemingly unobserved moment. In addition, graffiti sprayers and illegally parked cars in bus stops have recently been causing displeasure in the neighborhoods.

Gameplay improvements for more realism and player comfort 

Next to the expanded content of the update, the team of Aesir Interactive is also pleased to implement some wishes and suggestions from the player community. Newly added alleys in all three districts ensure shorter walking distances between blocks, and improved character animations will result in more realistic movements of officers and NPCs. In addition, suspects are now - just like in reality - handcuffed behind their body, which serves the security of the officers. Further bug fixes also improve the gameplay experience. 

Key Features:

  • Parking surveillance – Situative issuing of parking tickets and/or towing of vehicles for parking against the direction of travel, exceeding the permitted parking time, and non-observance of parking restrictions. Fines may  also be issued for parked cars with expired license plates.
  • Traffic violations by pedestrians – If a pedestrian is endangering themselves and others (by ignoring a red light at an intersection, for instance), officers should intervene. Careless littering is also frowned upon on the streets and sidewalks of Brighton.
  • Traffic accidents – Different types of accidents, which can develop dynamically from traffic events, will demand different actions by officers. This includes calling for an ambulance, interviewing witnesses, drug and alcohol tests, and more. Players should always keep a watchful eye on moving traffic.
  • Speed control – Measure the speed of moving vehicles while standing on the roadside with a radar gun or by utilizing the speed measuring instrument in one’s police car. Issue tickets when appropriate.
  • Search and arrest wanted suspects: Now and then, the police department’s call center will issue information about wanted suspects. One may encounter a person matching the call center’s descriptions during patrol. A key element of investigations is questioning witnesses, as they might offer valuable information regarding a suspect.
  • Traffic control – Going on patrol in one’s police car will offer players new perspectives on Brighton’s traffic and streets. Use sirens to pass around other vehicles or to prompt them to pull over.
  • The Crime Map will help fans maintain an overview of the different districts and neighborhoods of Brighton. Players will be able to monitor increases in offences in order to determine which areas demand a stronger police presence.

Police Simulator: Patrol Officers is now available through Steam Early Access for 19.99 Euro/USD 24.99/17.99 GBP.

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