Mafia Wars Bangkok entry pre-opening loot event opens

Mafia Wars Bangkok beta begins for a lucky few -- see how to find out if you're in!

While tidbits about the fourth episode of Mafia Wars, called Mafia Wars: Bangkok, have trickled out over the last few weeks with such things as a contest to determine which player would become a boss in the new game. Last night, the team at Zynga unleashed more information along with a prerequisite for journeying to the Asian territory.

In order to gain a passport to Bangkok, players will need to journey to New York and acquire three special loot items, a Triad Coin, Yakuza Sake and a Thai Note. To make those loot items more obvious, the loot icons shown in the Soldier, Enforcer and Hitman job tiers has also changed from a typical money bag to a golden elephant. While they weren't easy to acquire and took load of energy, all three items were quickly gained a simple message:

"Congratulations! You have found the 3 Bangkok items hidden in NY and are almost all set for the Bangkok Release. You will be given the passport on the launch date which is coming soon."

As to the game's storyline, Zynga offers a few hints on the placeholder page for Mafia Wars: Bangkok.

"For decades, the Japanese Yakuza and Chinese Triads have battled for control over the lucrative criminal markets of Thailand. As a newcomer, you'll need to choose a side to succeed in Bangkok. This isn't a one-way relationship, though - as you increase your standing with your chosen faction, you'll also earn access to additional items to fill out your arsenal."

When might players get Mafia Wars: Bangkok? Zynga previously stated that the game would release during the holiday season and with a few days remaining in December, we suspect that your trip to Bangkok is closer than you'd expect.

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