Zynga released new details on Mafia Wars: Bangkok earlier today. The most interesting revelation is that Bangkok uses a new level-scaling technology to make the expansion more accessible. Bangkok is available to players beginning at level 18, but those that travel there so quickly will find it takes less energy and generates less rewards than players at higher levels. At level 200 missions will have much higher requirements, but also much higher payouts.
Zynga also gave many new details on the Yakuza / Triad system – it is a much more in-depth choice than Vory / Mafiya was in Moscow. Which faction you choose impacts what businesses you have access to, can open or close access to faction-specific items, and more.
Zynga’s entire note is below. I have bolded the elements that I feel are of the most interest:
Mafia Wars is proud to unleash its newest city – Bangkok, a city overrun by crime and chaos as two gangs struggle for dominance over turf. Get ready – you’ll finally get the opportunity to continue expanding your Mafia Empire. Do a brand new set of jobs, take over more businesses, battle with a new set of bosses, and earn even more achievements!
First, choose which side you’ll be loyal to – the Yakuza or the Triads. While the Yakuza place value in a good offense and in increasing their attack power, the Triads focus on strengthening their defenses to ward off attacks. Each faction has its own unique weapons and businesses to offer in exchange for your loyalty, and that allegiance will affect the rest of your game play. As you do certain jobs and fight against members of your rival faction, you’ll climb the ranks and earn respect within your own faction. Earning enough loyalty grants you access to special items at the Faction Store that are exclusive to that side.
In Bangkok, how you choose to spend your energy has never been more important. Be careful how you choose to play – siding entirely with one faction is sure to anger the other. As you use your energy in jobs and fights to increase your street credit with one side, your reputation will decrease with the other side. If your reputation drops below a certain level with a faction, they’ll cut off your access to their select items, so get a game plan and play wisely!
One of the ways we’ve made Bangkok unique from our other expansions is to make it more accessible to newer players. As long as you are level 18 and above and have collected the Yakuza Sake, Triad Coin, and Thai Note found in the New York jobs, you can travel to Bangkok once you have obtained your Passport. For players between levels 18 and 200, we’ve created a sliding scale for energy costs and experience payouts for jobs. This means that lower-level players can complete new jobs and advance through Bangkok’s episodes, as jobs will require less energy to complete but have correspondingly lowered experience rewards. Players who are above level 200 will not be affected by this sliding scale.
We hope everyone will enjoy this latest addition to Mafia Wars. Stay tuned for the release and try to grab your Thai passport to start your crime spree!