I must say I'm not entirely convinced I would have been all that keen on this were the game to start that way, I'm generally very impatient and hate this "management" aspect in games like forza, or wrc, of fifa etc. I'm more of a 'hammer the start button and go go go" type XD
The way I envisioned it the time you would spend outside of a job would be almost negligible. Just like in Euro Truck 2 you are somewhat managing your private trucking business, and yet 99% of the time you spend in that game is driving
Alternatively, if my idea for a career mode is too complex, the whole thing could be scrapped and reduced down to two main features which are the most important and necessary for the game to have more replayability:
- Randomization of jobs (objectives, locations, starting points...). I guess some of this is coming in the next DLC map, but I hope it's just a beginning A nice game play mode that I would LOVE too see added is a mode where the objective is not shown on the map and you have to use a scout vehicle to look for it.
Example 1: A mode like the announced Scavenge Mode, but the location of the logs is not shown on the map, so you have to scout for them using a small vehicle before you can go and collect them.
Example 2: You have to transport some kind of cargo to a randomly spawning location (like a mobile garage or something) which is not shown on the map so you have to scout for it before you can take the cargo there, instead of wasting fuel with the cargo transport running circles around the map.
Replayability right there, and less need for mods to keep the interest up
And the second thing would be:
- A simple "token" system to buy vehicles, instead of the more complex system I proposed in the first post. You would make 1 to 3 tokens per job, depending on its difficulty. Vehicles would cost between 3 and 5 tokens and add-ons would cost 1 or 2. In hardcore mode there might be a system where you would lose tokens if you fail certain criteria.
We really appreciate the thought you've put into this, and I've let the team know about this post.
That said, I doubt we'll be implementing something of this scale in the near future, at the very least, due to the scale of the suggestions you've made.
I just hope you guys can come up with ways to eliminate the "autopilot map completion"-mode (as zoglet says) that the player sets into if he already knows the map. Really curious about the Scavenge mode
The underlying tech used in Mudrunner is impressive and the base gameplay is really fun, but there's so much more that can be done with it, that would possibly turn it into something that could maybe attract a bigger audience. Just like the structure of ETS2 makes that game appealing for more than just truck "nerds"
Anyway, these are just random suggestions and I write way too much...
WARNING: Long post ahead! Proceed with caution!
I think Mudrunner could use a better gameplay structure... as much as I love driving big trucks trough thick mud, I would like to have better/more reasons to do so other than just completing a limited number of maps. Would Euro/American Truck Simulator have become so successful if it was just about completing a map then moving on to the next and repeat until all the maps are over? I don't know, but it seems to me that the light business management elements (and even a touch of RPG) in ETS2 is what makes that game so satisfying and ultimately what made it a success.
That got me thinking about how a career mode for Mudrunner should be and so here's some ideas I had about said mode. These are kinda random and not fully tough-out, but I don't think there's any harm in sharing, so... here it goes:
First, the basic thing is that the player would have to work for and earn everything. Vehicles, add-ons, parts (more on this later), workers (also more later) and more... all would have to be bought with money made from completing jobs
We would start with a small amount of money to buy our first vehicle and maybe one or two add-ons. The "main screen" in the game would be our garage (like a "base of operations"). On that screen we make all of our business decisions in-between jobs like buying, repairing (also costs money), hiring (more later) and others, then press a button to "pass the time". When we do so, job offers will start to appear. For those who play X-Com, think of it like pressing the "scan for activity" button in that game. PS: Yes, I brainstormed this career thing while I was playing X-Com
Jobs would be somewhat random. Meaning that, there would be a range of different possible jobs (rescuing, logging, transporting...) and they could take place across any of the existing maps. Each map would have different "spawn" points for each objective(s) and multiple possible starting points as well.
Different jobs would have different difficulty ratings, depending on various factors, like the objective in question, the spawn points of the objectives (some would be easier than others), the distance between the objective and the starting point, and so on... the more difficult a job is, the more money you'd be paid, but the possibility of damaging your vehicles (even beyond repair) is also bigger so there should be a nice risk/reward balance going on
You cannot take more than one vehicle to a job unless you hire workers, each worker you hire is one more vehicle you can take with you, up to a limit of 3 or 4 (this is a small local business). Workers would cost a salary each month. This should add challenge to the "business" part of the sim and make it difficult for the player to just hoard money.
As you use each vehicle in more and more jobs they'll start developing some wear and tear (things become loose, rust starts to show up...) and eventually this will make your vehicles more fragile and the possibility of mechanical failure starts to increase. This is different from regular damage that you suffer by hitting things and stuff... it's more of an attrition "aging" process. To avoid this, you'll have to perform regular maintenance checks on your more used vehicles when you are in the garage. This will also cost money and time, meaning that, a vehicle under maintenance might be unavailable for a number of days, so you won't be able to take it with you for any job during that period. Another idea stolen... from X-Com
Vehicles would have different mechanical parts, like engines, gear boxes, etc, that can be damaged individually. It's possible that one part might be damaged beyond repair and in that case you would need to buy another part to replace it
Maybe during your jobs you would sometimes randomly find abandoned/junk vehicles. If you tow them to your garage these might have one or two parts to salvage and keep as possible replacements if necessary. Once these found vehicles are salvaged for parts you can sell them as junk for a small amount of money.
Jobs will be offered to you by different businesses that might need the services of a company who owns large industrial vehicles. Each of this companies will have a name, logo and "personality". For example the company "Big Wood Co." cares a great deal about experience and rapport, therefore, they'll start paying you more for each successful job you do for them, on the other hand if you "abort" one of their jobs (aborting in the middle of a job would be a possibility) or screw things up (for example, by damaging the cargo) then you'll start receiving less offers from them, and for a smaller pay. Some companies would be more forgiving than others, among other possible differences of "personality".
There would be both a "game over" possibility, as well as a victory scenario. Gameover would happen if the player goes bankrupt. "Victory" would happen if the player manages to make their company reach a fixed net-worth value. If the player manages to achieve that the player can then sell the company and retire (or he can keep playing... would be optional), which would be the "victory" scenario. Besides an achievement this might unlock some kind of stuff for the next career play trough.
So... i think I should stop writing now. I had more ideas but this post is turning into a novel already...
Would anyone like something like this? Would it work? If not then how do you guys imagine a career mode for Mudrunner should be?