Explosive New Mafia 3 Trailer and Release Date Revealed
2K and Hangar 13 today announced that Mafia III will launch on October 7, 2016. Collector’s, deluxe and standard editions of Mafia III will be available for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC.
Mafia III might be the most ambitious title in the series yet. Set in 1968 in a fictional version of New Orleans, Mafia III tells the story of Lincoln Clay, a Vietnam veteran who returns from the war to find his home in shambles. The black mob–the only thing he could ever call family–has been torn down, and the Italian mob has set up shop. With the help of the Irish mob, a self-exiled mobster from a big New England city, and the well-connected leader of the Haitian gangs, Lincoln will tear down the organization from within–and perhaps find a place to belong as well.
In development with Bay Area studio Hangar 13–named for its location in the hangars of the former Hamilton Field Air Force Base–and 2K Czech, the developers of the first two Mafia titles, Mafia III is already laying new ground. It’s the first open-world game in the series, as well as the first to feature a biracial hero set during a time in the Deep South when racial tensions were at their most divisive. Through this conflicted anti-hero–he’s a hard criminal raised by the mob, there’s no mincing words–players will claim the city of New Bordeaux for their own, breaking crime rackets down and building them up to their own liking.
“I wanted to build games that really tried to push the notion that the players co-author in the experience,” creative director Haden Blackman told GameSpot on the founding of Hangar 13, which was built to bring up Mafia. “We have that tag line for Hanger 13, that every player’s story is unique. That’s definitely something we want to try and push for everything that we do.” And during a recent hands-on session, we learned that there are indeed many opportunities for crafting your own story, for making Mafia III your own Mafia.
Standard, limited deluxe and limited collector’s editions of Mafia III are now available for pre-order via Amazon.com. The Mafia III Deluxe Edition ($79.99 MSRP) will be available digitally and physically in a limited capacity from select retailers, and includes both the game and access to additional, post-release downloadable content, including the Season Pass at additional savings. The limited Mafia III Collector’s Edition ($149.99 MSRP) is packed with physical and digital items, providing a window into the sights and sounds of 1968 New Bordeaux, including all content found in the Mafia III Deluxe Edition plus the original game score on vinyl, a collectable art book, art prints and more. Those who pre-order any edition of Mafia III from participating retailers will receive the Family Kick-Back, which includes three exclusive lieutenant-themed vehicle and weapon gifts available to players at launch.