Major Changes to Mafia Wars New York Properties Coming

Zynga posted a lengthy note on its Mafia Wars fan page earlier today, explaining the major changes that will be coming to the New York property system. What is most interesting about this change is that the new properties interface will be flash-based, and based on their preview screenshot it much more closely resembles Mobsters 2 or Gangster City than traditional Mafia Wars.

I’ve been wondering whether Zynga might be cooking up Mafia Wars 2 to compete with these newer, flashier titles. Maybe instead they’re just planning to modernize their existing game? This is the first major modification to New York in months… why would they make such a major change to it now?

In any case, I can’t sum up the upcoming New York property changes any more succinctly than Zynga already has, so I have reproduced the entire note below, along with the preview screenshot:

We have more cool updates coming your way on Mafia Wars! This time we’re revamping the New York properties. We’ll be introducing some changes to promote the return of robbing, so read on and check out the upgrades we’re planning on making…

1) We’ll have properties switched to Flash mode, so make sure you have the latest version (http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/).

2) We’ll be getting rid of ‘undeveloped space’. The costs of undeveloped space will be folded into the costs of the updated properties. If you currently have any undeveloped properties, it’ll be sold off and you’ll have your money returned to you.

3) Instead of owning 30 Mega Casinos, you will have 1 Mega Casino, but it will have been upgraded 30 times.

4) You won’t be able to sell properties anymore, but you can continue to upgrade them. If you still haven’t earned your “Cashing Out” achievement, do it soon!

5) All properties will have the same payout over time that they currently do, but some of the rates will change. They will take between 8 hours and 2 days to fill up. For example, say you currently owned 2 mega casinos. They produce $1,800,000 every 3 hours for you to collect. In the new system, you will now own a single level 2 Mega Casino, and it will produce $28,800,000 every 48 hours for you to collect.

6) You can only collect on your property once it is done producing. There will be progress bars and countdown timers letting you know how long it will be before you can collect on each property.

7) Properties will no longer “shut down”. *Note: This only affects users who have started playing in the last few months.

8) People who have Rackets will be folded into the new system as well, but that change will take place a week or two after the launch of the new properties.

An important point we want to emphasize is that you will NOT be losing any money when we change the New York properties; it will all stay within the game. These upgrades are going hand-in-hand with the robbing feature that we’ll be bringing back due to popular demand.

Stay tuned, there’s more to come!

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