Six years after the release of Mafia III, developer Hangar 13 has confirmed that a new game is in development.
Sure, it could be a rhythm game where you settle territory disputes with a dance-off but, given the format previous games have followed, the sequel will probably be another open-world entry in the series.
The news has come as part of Mafia’s 20th anniversary celebrations, which also sees the team looking back at their experiences developing the first three Mafia games (Mafia, Mafia II and.. wait for it.. Mafia III). General Manager Roman Hladík states, “I’m happy to confirm we’ve started work on an all-new Mafia project!” That’s the good news.
The bad news is that, in the interview in question, he also confirms that the game is a few years away, so don’t count on seeing next year or even the year after. But we can heartily recommend you check out the full interview which offers some real insight into the Mafia trilogy’s development.
So what, then, does the future hold for the series? Hangar 13 has remained tight lipped and revealed next to no details about the next Mafia, other than it it’s in the works. Give that each game jumps forward in time, we’d expect the next Mafia to be set during the 1970s, though we’re not sure how well mobsters and disco will go together.
We’ll let you know if we hear more. In the meantime, if you’ve never tackled the Mafia games, the digital version of trilogy is better than half-price right now, £19.99 on both the Xbox Marketplace and the Steam Store. We can heartily recommend the original Mafia – check out our review here to find out why.