2K Games has officially unveiled Mafia 3, currently in development at new studio Hangar 13.
The last game in the series, Mafia 2, was released in 2009 for PS3, Xbox 360 and PC. Developd by the now-defunct 2K Czech, it was pretty good – so hopes are high that Hangar 13 will do a good job of continuing the series.
In Mafia 3 you’ll play as Lincoln Clay, a Vietnam veteran who returns from active service looking to make a home and name for himself in New Orleans in 1968. After his surrogate father is murdered at the hands of the mob, Lincoln gets roped into a life of crime and revenge. Hangar 13’s vision of New Orleans is “bustling” with activity apparently, featuring cars, fashion and music inspired by the period.
As Clay’s criminal empire grows you’ll be able to recruit rival gang leaders to serve in your ranks. Cassandra and her Haitians, Burke and his Irish, and even Mafia 2 protagonist Vito Scaletta and his Italian gang can all be hired. Each leader will grant you special abilities and unlocks if you treat them favorably, but will argue and even betray you if you displease them.
“The Mafia franchise is known for its immersive sense of time and place, and for presenting compelling stories about life within organized crime,” said Haden Blackman, studio head and creative director at developer Hangar 13, in a press release. “In Mafia 3, we are introducing players to an unexpected new anti-hero and an iconic city to explore, all within a hard-boiled drama set during one of the most turbulent years in American history.
Mafia 3 is set to be released in 2016 on PS4, PC and Xbox One. You can check out the announcement trailer and an initial batch of screenshots below. It certainly looks pretty, though it should be noted that the trailer doesn’t feature any actual gameplay footage.
Mafia III will be developed by Hangar 13 and published by 2K Games for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.