MTV Multiplayer has got the lowdown on just how the drug dealing in Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars will work.
Basically, it's just a way to make some extra dosh on the side, innit.
"Huang Lee [your character]will not be a crime boss or top-earning mercenary," the Rockstar rep said. "He’ll make peanuts for his anti-social efforts. So he’ll need to make extra money to buy extra weapons and who knows what else. Dealing is one such way to make the money."
Drug prices will vary across town, but Rockstar ensured that as places to buy and sell are abundant, you can take care of business en route to a mission rather than having to drive back and forth across town every time you wanna make a quick buck.
February's Edge magazine also reveals a rather excellent, innovative gameplay twist to the proceedings:
Chinatown Wars' Dope Wars-like trading minigame is lent greater depth by an economy that’s affected by CCTV cameras. When destroyed, these cameras are the equivalent of ‘”GTA IV”’s pigeons or “GTA III”’s hidden packages, but have a distinct effect on the economics of the area they’re in. Prices tumble in regions where cameras have been taken out, while remaining higher where they still work, though the risks of being caught in the act of dealing are also greater.
All sounds very good indeed.
GTA: Chinatown Wars is out March 17 in the US with Europe getting it three days later.
By Mike Bowden