Rockstar's Dan Houser has revealed some interesting details about the multiplayer for Max Payne 3, including tons of details of MP3's multiplayer clans (called "crews"). Even if you don't want to play Max Payne 3, pay attention: Houser says the Crew ideas will cross-over into Grand Theft Auto 5, as will the crews themselves!
In an interview with IGN, Houser says the idea of Max Payne 3's multiplayer is to bridge the storytelling and characters of single-player with the fun of multiplayer, and create a game where gamers are not just faceless members of an army, but real characters.
"We are firm believers in the potential of third-person multiplayer and the attachment it can create to character, stories and worlds. This is at the heart of what we're doing with crews, and we think it opens up limitless new possibilities for the future. It's right at the heart of our goal to bring greater weight and context to multiplayer games while still staying true to what competitive multiplayer does so well."
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Toward that end, Houser says Rockstar is making Max Payne 3's multiplayer welcoming to newer players.
"With Max Payne 3 we absolutely wanted to make a more competitive experience that lives up to the requirements of a pure shooter – with as much as possible customizable, persistent and trackable, but also to make it easy for people to jump in and feel comfortable quickly so that the environment is fun for the less competitive as well as for serious players. Jumping into online matches and making friends isn't easy – often if you're not already playing with friends the entire process can be fairly intimidating, especially in competitive matches."
Friends (and like-minded strangers) will be organized into crews groups of players who band together to play the game. There are more advantages than just hanging out with your pals to joining a crew.
"Performing tasks with crew members – like avenging a fallen Crew member or killing rival ones during a Feud – will earn you XP bonuses. As a casual player of multiplayer, it will be easy to quickly reap at least some of the benefits of being in a crew. In addition, there are no member caps on public crews, so thousands of players across the world can join the same crew. Alternatively, Private Crews provide an exclusive group experience for players that want to take it to the next level.
For a lot more info on Max Payne 3's multiplayer, check out the "Source" link.