Rockstar Games has announced the addition of Crew Hierarchies to its Social Club in preparation for the launches of Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online.
An entry on the Rockstar Newswire explains how the new Crew Hierarchies will work, and it's pretty similar to how guilds and clans function in many other titles.
As of today, Crew Leaders will be able to assign special ranks to other members. In descending order of seniority, the ranks below Crew Leader are Commissioners, then Lieutenants, then Representatives and finally Muscle.
As Commissioners are essentially the Leader's deputies, they'll be able to invite in and kick other members from the Crew, as well as promote and demote where appropriate. Lieutenants have the same privileges, but can only promote and demote Representatives and Muscle. Representatives have no promotion powers, but can invite others in, while Muscle members have no administrative powers.
There's no limit to how many members can be at the same tier in any Crew, so it's entirely up to the discretion of the Leader.
Your rank within your Crew will be denoted by a coloured bar under your tag, which will decrease in length as you move down the Crew structure. It'll be visible to other players in Grand Theft Auto Online in order to show your rivals whether they're messing with a grunt or the head honcho.
The colour of the bar can apparently be changed thanks to something called "Crew Colours". This will apparently have wider ramifications too, with Rockstar teasing they "will have significant prominence in other places yet to be announced" - could this be gang clothing, graffiti tags or even the way a neighbourhood and its residents look if it's under your control? We'll have to wait and see.
Grand Theft Auto V will be available on PlayStation 3, PC and Xbox 360 from September 17, with Grand Theft Auto Online following on October 1.
Source : ign[dot]com