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Police Simulator: Patrol Officers

Platform(s): PC
Genre: Action/Adventure
Publisher: astragon Software
Developer: Aesir Interactive

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'Police Simulator: Patrol Officers' New Traffic Management Early Access Update Coming In June

by Rainier on May 24, 2022 @ 8:51 a.m. PDT

Handcuffs and radar on hand, players will don the badge of a male or female United States police officer and patrol the first district and five neighborhoods of a bustling American city.

Police Simulator: Patrol Officers will paint a realistic picture of a patrol officer’s job in a fictional American city called Brighton. Police fans will wear their virtual badges proudly as they ensure order and safety. Players will be able to patrol the first neighborhood of the introductory city district at launch. If they perform well with their superiors, they’ll unlock access to four more neighborhoods in this first district, where pedestrians and vehicular traffic simulate the impression of a living complex metropolis.

Police fans will begin their careers by choosing one of eight different playable characters. Instead of a lengthy tutorial, a system of unlockable content will teach players all the  skills they need while on patrol. Handy tool tips will provide additional information. 

Collecting shift-points during the workday, which in turn become duty stars, will unlock new districts, new neighborhoods, and new police cars. During shifts, tasks will include enforcing parking regulations, recording traffic accidents, and penalizing traffic offenses like speeding or jaywalking. On top of that, players will have to keep an eye out for wanted suspects.

Appropriate and lawful behavior towards Brighton’s citizens is an integral part of Police Simulator: Patrol Officers. A Conduct Point System will log and penalize abuses of power. Virtual police officers who are found to have acted against the law and the department’s code of conduct will be stripped of their badges and fired.

The title also will include a casual game mode where players will be able to receive hints they wouldn’t normally receive in the main simulation portion of the game. Players will receive tips on crimes occurring in their immediate vicinity. Additionally, they’ll be shown more leniency when it comes to breaking the law, such as speeding or jaywalking. Serious offences like police brutality, however, will still be severely punished. Players will also be able to disable police vehicle collisions with NPCs while in this mode.

Since its release almost a year ago, Police Simulator: Patrol Officers on Steam Early Access has been delighting fans of virtual police work on PC with a constant pipeline of new content, tasks and features. The sixth content update is now close to entering its beta phase: From May 31, 2022, the police officers of the Brighton Police Department will have new options for traffic control. The aptly named Traffic Management update will become an official part of the game on June 28th, 2022.

Controlling traffic – for example to secure the scene of an accident – is part of everyday life for the patrol officers in the busy streets of the fictional US East Coast metropolis of Brighton. With the Traffic Management update, they can now ensure the safety of citizens even better. The update enables them to block off entire streets or individual lanes with the help of traffic cones and barriers. Bystanders, passers-by and witnesses may be instructed to wait at a location designated by police officers, to not use one of the sidewalks or to turn around, and choose an alternate route to their destination. Vehicles can also be asked to either wait (already available during the beta phase) or to drive back in the other direction (available at the final release of the update).

In addition to the new features, the Traffic Management update offers players a number of bug fixes and improvements such as improved NPV reaction to sirens and reaction near intersections, NPV lane switching behavior or NPC behavior near patrol vehicles, as well as the modding option to customize siren sounds, lightbar light patterns, and other lighting of their police vehicles.

Anyone who would like to test the Traffic Management update in its beta phase will have the opportunity to do so from May 31, 2022 on a beta branch set up specifically for this purpose on Steam

Key Features:

  • Parking surveillance – Situative issuing of parking tickets and/or towing of vehicles for parking against the direction of travel, exceeding the permitted parking time, and non-observance of parking restrictions. Fines may  also be issued for parked cars with expired license plates.
  • Traffic violations by pedestrians – If a pedestrian is endangering themselves and others (by ignoring a red light at an intersection, for instance), officers should intervene. Careless littering is also frowned upon on the streets and sidewalks of Brighton.
  • Traffic accidents – Different types of accidents, which can develop dynamically from traffic events, will demand different actions by officers. This includes calling for an ambulance, interviewing witnesses, drug and alcohol tests, and more. Players should always keep a watchful eye on moving traffic.
  • Speed control – Measure the speed of moving vehicles while standing on the roadside with a radar gun or by utilizing the speed measuring instrument in one’s police car. Issue tickets when appropriate.
  • Search and arrest wanted suspects: Now and then, the police department’s call center will issue information about wanted suspects. One may encounter a person matching the call center’s descriptions during patrol. A key element of investigations is questioning witnesses, as they might offer valuable information regarding a suspect.
  • Traffic control – Going on patrol in one’s police car will offer players new perspectives on Brighton’s traffic and streets. Use sirens to pass around other vehicles or to prompt them to pull over.
  • The Crime Map will help fans maintain an overview of the different districts and neighborhoods of Brighton. Players will be able to monitor increases in offences in order to determine which areas demand a stronger police presence.

Police Simulator: Patrol Officers is now available through Steam Early Access for 19.99 Euro/USD 24.99/17.99 GBP.

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