September 22, 2009

Mafia Wars Moscow to be Released Within a Week; Strategy Guide

The Mafia Wars Moscow Q&A was posted up today here on the official forums. Among the things announced are that Moscow will be "released within a week or so". Additionally, there be no beta for Moscow. So as soon as Moscow is released, it will be available for all to play.

Other things of note:

- Once you choose your "side" in Moscow, your decision is final.

- Each side will have different loot drops.

- On which job to choose, the developers have only said that "you will have to find out this on your own". I will post a write-up as soon as I can after Moscow release on the differences between sides.

- Equipment will be more balanced so that you will not end up losing every fight on defense as is the case with Cuba.

- Moscow will use its own currency.

- No word or not on whether you will need consumables for old world parts (such as politico corruptos and cell phones) but developers will offer a new venue for getting these items.

My take? Well, I am impressed that Moscow will be getting out soon, but I worry that there will be tons of bugs and exploits since they are not running a public beta. Additionally, I am guessing that each side will have a few "best in slot" items and that the only way to assemble the best equipment will be to trade around. For example, imagine if the Track Loader only dropped for the one affiliation while TNT/Canonazo only dropped for the other team; you would have to trade to collect the best weapon/armor/vehicle set.

At any rate, I predict that the new method for getting consumables will be rackets or Moscow businesses - that is there will be like a shipping racket and instead of collecting a cash take you will "collect" 10 cell phones or something along those lines. Other than that, looking forward to Moscow. Only 2 days left to rob!
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  1. Looking forward to Moscow. Do you have any info about the tiger loot ?

  2. And also a suggestion. When you put up links , make sure they open in another tab and not to replace this tab. that's convenient for everybody

  3. i thought they said you can change sides (from vory to mafiya or vice versa) after mastering a level (except for the third and last time)?

    also, i just realized this now, but does that mean you can change sides after mastering levels in each TIER? or just for one tier? (did anyone get it? i'm having a difficult time explaining)

    i'm confused.

  4. A non-sequitur...

    It seems that you don't earn political corruptos anymore after you master Cuba. This stopped yesterday.

  5. You can't earn political corruptos even if you haven't mastered Cuba! I havent't finished and both the Bribery Ring and the Bodega no longer produce. Don't tell me you have to buy the PCs! It would take forever!

  6. This just in: Facebook to me
    show details 6:14 AM (1 hour ago)
    Robert Holt sent a message to the members of Mafia Wars gifting Collections.

    Subject: Moscow Q&A

    With A Dev
    You asked them, and we're answering them! Thanks a ton to JPZ for taking the time to answer these questions!

    When will Moscow start?

    Within a week or so. We’re going through the final tweaks and bug fixes before we can put it out.

    Can I get in beta? Please!!

    This time around we are not doing a beta. Moscow will be available as soon as its ready. We don’t want to make anyone wait any longer!

    I am guessing I know the answer to this question, but want you to clarify. A lot of people are talking about the fact that we have to choose a side in Moscow. If we choose a different side than someone in our mafia, would we then 1) lose them from our mafia 2) not be able to have them as part of our top mafia 3) be exposed to fighting them on the fights screen (and be able to fight them)? I suspect the answer to all three is no, but I want you to verify so I can pass it on.

    The choices you make in Moscow are like reading a `choose your own adventure.’ The path you pick can determine what loot you get, but there are opportunities to re-do that choice if you play an episode a second or third time. Your choice will not affect how or who you interact with. To be even more clear the answer is no to all three of your questions. We would never, ever split you from your friends like that. Who ever thought that up is deranged.

    What are the advantages / disadvantages to choosing one or the other sides in moscow ? Can the decision be changed?

    Each time you attempt to master a job episode you can try the choice again. But your choice during the third and final mastery level will be permanent. As for why to choose each one, you’ll have to find that out on your own.

    Will we be able to convert our money over from new york or cuba?

    We are hoping to introduce more inter-city dynamics in the future, such as decisions in one city affecting another or ways to launder money back and forth. It’s in the cards, just not before we get a few more cities out.

    If you have to choose sides in Moscow, will there be two different sets of weapons, armor and vehicles?

    There is a common set of loot and purchasable, but some of the better loot only drops after you’ve made a choice.

    Will there be equipment that allows us to equal our attack and defense when all the best gear is had?

    Yes, Moscow will be more defensive in nature than Cuba or NY. We are also actively looking at the tuning of items in the game to make sure there aren’t any unintended bugs.

    Will you need politico corruptos and pesos for Moscow??? Will there be any crossover consumables in Moscow like the untraceable cell phones in the New York and Cuba sections? I'd love to find out before I go gifting mine all away when I finish sections.

    No Pesos but there are corrupt politicians in every part of the world. Whether you need them or not is a surprise. However we are going to let you find new ways of earning several of the more desired consumable items. So even if you gift away some of the NY items, you’ll be able to get more without going back to that damn electronics store.

    Will the businesses purchases and gaining money be more like NY, Cuba, or will they be completely different?

    Businesses in Moscow will be like the Cuban economy.

    I'm a mogul - does that mean anything in Moscow

    Moguls get a bonus to the amount of money their businesses produce.

    is it true that low level loots like brass knucls,butterfy knifes etc, are going to be consumables?

    No. Don’t believe everything you read on the forums. Sounds like someone was tired of having them gifted

  7. Hi - look in global mafia hiscore list -
    Don ZTester in first place now is one of zyngas testers - hes got all tigers already and many of moscow items in his loot - weapons and vehicles too! just thought - youll be interested..

  8. good catch on ztester! i attacked to see how the weapons stacked up. as follows:

    WEAPONS: 5 Dillingers wooden guns, 10 Arana Net Guns, 5 Boss Karpov's Pistols, 10 Howler Monkeys, 10 Hornet Sniper Rifles, 10 Chlori-tek GDs, 10 Gaff Hooks, 10 Gold Machine Pistols, 10 Gold Mac 10s

    ARMOR: 10 Galeas, 10 Panama Hats, 10 Guerilla Commandos, 10 Che's Berets, 10 Red Coats, 10 Loricas, 10 Guardia Presedencials, 5 PNVs, 9 Falsified Documents.

    VEHICLES: 10 Crocodrilo APCs, 5 Barsuk SUVs, 5 Tiger Tanks, 10 Private Jets, 10 Low Riders, 6 Capones 341As, 10 Armored State Cars, 10 Decomissioned APCs, 5 Airboats, 10 Hydrofoils, 3 Lobo Armored 4x4s

  9. ^^^^to follow up on above:

    WEAPONS: "Boss Karpov's Pistols" must give between 37-42Defense. This is figured by a Howler Monkey giving 37 and Dillinger's Giving 42. We also know that Chlori-tek GDs defense ranges from 30-34Defense (Gaff Hook to Hornet).

    Armor: PNVs are between 30-32Defense (Falsified Docs to Loricas)

    VEHICLES: Barsuk SUVs are between 38-56Defense (Private Jet to Crocodrilo APC).

    Not bad, it looks like they're updating defense weaponry. I'm interested to see how this plays out.

  10. Thanks for the catch guys. I don't see ztester anymore when I log in though. I'll make a post tonight when I get the chance.

  11. It seems like you can get PC's again in Cuba.


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  14. Here's a screenshot of ztester's arsenal:

  15. Let's try that again: