Triad Wars devs explain multiplayer, reveal co-op plans

Triad Wars is kind of a multiplayer sequel to the acclaimed Sleeping Dogs, but while the developers mention the inclusion of MMO elements in the mix of open world action, driving and strategy, the closed beta didn't give us much in that department. Despite being called an asynchronous game, the idea that you could play with a few players at the same time still raised many questions.

But now, United Front Games has shed some light on the subject and even revealed future plans for adding a co-op mode. Here's why you probably didn't find any human player in the game:

“As a Thug and Blue Lantern you will fight only AI so we can closely control the early game experience and protect new players from getting Raided, but from 49’er on up you’re a target for everyone else and you’re up against real people.”

Here's also a thorough explanation on how the multiplayer system works in Triad Wars:

“When you log in, the matchmaking system looks for six other players at your level and puts them in your game.  If you Raid them, you can steal stuff from their rackets and so gain Face at their expense.  You gain more Face by Raiding all their rackets and taking out their Enforcer.  If you die in the attempt then their defence succeeds and they gain the Face you lose.  When you get Raided you get a shield that protects you from getting Raided, for a brief time, and when it expires you’re fair game again.   If you get Raided four times while offline, you’re taken out of matchmaking so you can’t fall too far if you’re away a while.  Also, at lower levels we don’t let your level get reduced, but at the more senior ranks other players can knock you down.”

Finally, the studio reveals the plans on adding co-op raiding, so that a player and a friend can work together, however there's no date for the patch yet:

“Since the game’s very beginning, we’re been planning to have Co-op Raiding, where you and a friend can take on a much tougher rival by working together for shared rewards.  A feature like this is something that has to be built into the architecture of the game, and happily our game has been built with this in mind but it’s not quite ready for players yet.  Right now, we’re focused on making the core game fun and rewarding, because we need a solid game foundation to underpin the whole experience.  We’re not ready to commit to a specific timeline or date because we want to do it right, and we don’t want to release anything that isn’t ready.  It’s definitely on the horizon!”

If you don't know what Triad Wars is about, this is a cool open world action game based on Sleeping Dogs and while right now it's a bit slim on content and multiplayer elements, it could grow to become something truly special. But our Triad Wars first look gameplay video speaks louder than a thousand words.


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