New Mafia game confirmed to be in development at Hangar 13

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A promo screenshot for Mafia: Definitive Edition.
Credit: Image via Mobygames.

While the likes of GTA and Saints Row may often dominate the conversation when it comes to games that portray the life of crime, the Mafia series has also carved out a sizable following over the years.

Allowing players to turn back the clock and take on the role of either a tommy gun wielding wiseguy or a Vietnam veteran trying to take over the underworld, the series has offered players a lot of fun, leading many to pine for another entry.

Well, now it seems those players are going to get their wish, with developer Hangar 13 having confirmed that work on a new Mafia title is underway.

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The new game’s existence was announced in a developer interview post on the series’ website, primarily designed to celebrate its 20 year anniversary, with the first Mafia game having been released in August 2002.

Speaking to round off the interview, Hangar 13 General Manager, Roman Hladík, responded to a question about Mafia’s future by saying: “I'm happy to confirm we've started work on an all-new Mafia project!”

He also added: “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.”

The rest of the interview saw Hladík, Hangar 13 Media Director, Tomáš Hřebíček, and Alex Cox, who directed 2020’s Mafia: Definitive Edition, reminisce about how far the series has come over the years and provide some interesting perspective on how Mafia: Definitive Edition, the latest entry, improved on its foundations, 2002’s Mafia.

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Users in the subreddit r/GamingLeaksAndRumours seemed excited about the idea of delving back into Mafia, though many suggested they’d prefer it to learn from a few of Mafia 3’s mistakes, with user 999___Forever saying: “I love Mafia. Hope it’s good. In all honesty, other than the gameplay loop being repetitive, 3 was great and the first two were even better, so I have high hopes.”

However, this feeling wasn’t universal, with user ldb saying: “I loved that 3 had a fresh setting, and I hope 4 goes in a new direction too, I love how soaked in the time all the games (are) and would love to feel that in some unexplored (in games) settings.”

Regardless of how you feel about Mafia 3, make sure to follow us for coverage of the upcoming Mafia title when more details about it emerge.