2K Games has confirmed that a new Mafia game is in development following previous rumours about a new entry. The next game is currently in development at Hangar 13, the studio behind Mafia III and Mafia: Definitive Edition.
In a recent blog post celebrating the franchise’s 20th anniversary, 2K Games general manager Roman Hladík confirmed that Hangar 13 were actively working on the next major Mafia title. “I’m happy to confirm we’ve started work on an all-new Mafia project! While it’s a few years away and we can’t share anything more right now, we’re really excited to keep working on this beloved franchise and to entertain our players with new stories,” said Hladík.
Hladík went on to address how the studio learns with every project, possibly referencing the underwhelming reception of Mafia III when it launched:
“We learn new stuff, because things keep developing, right? In the early days of Mafia, making games was… I wouldn’t say easier, but it was a small team with simpler technology and so on. Games and technology keep developing, so it’s all about constant learning.”
To celebrate the franchise’s 20th anniversary, 2K Games is making the original Mafia free on Steam from 1-5 September.
Kotaku mentioned in a previous report that Hangar 13 was working on another project codenamed Volt, though it appeared to be cancelled after parent company Take-Two reportedly spent around $50 million on it. The same report mentioned that Hangar 13’s UK team were working on a Mafia prequel set in Italy and was being built in Unreal Engine 5, which could be the game that 2K now confirmed.
The Mafia series has enjoyed some success in the last two decades, mostly down to its excellent storytelling that paid homage to classic Mafia and crime films.
Source: 2K Games