Rockstar Games has announced a unique new feature called “Crews” that will make its debut in Max Payne 3 and then carry over to Grand Theft Auto V and other titles where concept makes sense. Crews will go beyond traditional online clans by allowing players to join large public Crews or simply create a private Crew that members can customize. In this way, Crews help players keep the fight alive from match to match – and even across titles – through the Rockstar Games Social Club, which will keep track of Crew stats, including Feuds. I’ll admit this is a concept that I wonder why nobody else has thought about before to this level, expect it to be ripped off by your favorite FPS franchises very soon.
How will Crews be able to interact?
One major way will be with Feuds. In multiplayer games there is a feature called Vendettas – if someone kills you twice, you can initiate a vendetta against them, which lets everyone know that you’re out to get that person. For you, a special X marks their blip when they’re visible to you on the map. If you take that person down, you get extra XP. If they survive your vendetta though, they get that XP.
Crew Feuds are essentially Crew Vendettas: impromptu skirmishes between crews that can spring up in multiplayer matches that quickly spawn a first-to-10-kills battle. You can be playing any team-based game with a completely new set of players, but if you spot two or more members of a crew you’re feuding with on the opposite team, any kills you get against them will count to the overall feud so rivalries will spring up automatically – and when they do, you’ll be notified and the grudge will come to the forefront of the game. Rockstar will track who you’re feuding with, how long you’ve been feuding, and who’s winning. You’ll get extra XP for taking down members of crews you’re feuding with, so you’ll be able to remember those grudges for future matches.
The major innovation of this system is that crews persist over time and across future games. Multiplayer is an ever-more important part of all future Rockstar games moving forward, and by creating crews through Social Club the crews that you create in Max Payne 3 will be ready and available for you to play in Grand Theft Auto V from day one.
So you already know what we think folks, what do you think about Crews?