Mafia Wars developer Zynga announced late yesterday that the long-awaited return of robbing is coming “very soon.” They also revealed details on how the new system will work. Robbing in Mafia Wars will now be more interactive, feature more rewards and incentives, and should be a more positive overall experience.
Zynga’s full note on the upcoming robbery revisions is below. Certain critical sections have been bolded by Social Game Central, for emphasis.
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Hey Mafia Wars Players,
If you haven’t heard the news already, we’ve listened to your suggestions and are bringing back robbing! We’re planning on rolling it out very soon, but before we do, we thought we’d shed a little light on what you can expect…
One of the ways you’ll be able to rob is from the Fight Tab which will give you random targets. From there, you’ll be presented with a grid containing robbable properties that are color-coded to show you the level of difficulty in trying to rob that property. The size of the properties will determine how much effort will be required to rob. Going after the bigger properties will require higher stamina cost and more mafia – but the greater risk will yield the greater reward. Finish the entire grid, and you’ll receive bonus exp and a chance for the rare robbing collection item! Robbing will have a 10-level mastery bar for you to conquer, and every successful heist will move the bar up. You’ll receive a cool mastery item for your efforts, and that item will be upgraded for each level you complete.
If you have a beef with someone in particular you can rob them from their profile page, where you will be shown a list of their robbable properties and the stamina cost needed to rob them. Here, you’ll have to proceed at your own risk – the properties for a specific target won’t be color-coded to show the degree of difficulty to rob. Do keep in mind that with this method, you won’t get a shot to bank the rare robbing collection, and robbing from the profile page won’t increase your mastery.
When you get robbed, you’ll be able to see which of your properties were hit. If you roll your mouse over the robbed property, you can find out who robbed you. You can ask your mafia to retaliate or take action against them yourself. If you remember to keep a close eye on your properties, you can prevent being robbed. Just watch for when the properties are ready to collect from, and cash them out immediately to stop looters in their tracks!
Keep playing Mafia Wars and be on the lookout for when we finally unveil robbing. Start out as an apprentice burglar and try to work your way up to Grand Master Thief, and grab exclusive collection items along the way. Think you’ve got what it takes to face this new challenge? Stick around and find out!
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