2K subsidiary Hangar 13 confirmed that a new Mafia game is in the works in celebration of the series’ first 20th anniversary.
Hangar 13, a subsidiary of California-based 2K Games, is currently developing a new Mafia game. A senior studio executive confirmed the news recently, and shared about the 20-year anniversary of the Mafia franchise.
The latest installment in the series is Mafia 3, which turns sixth this October and is also the first game developed by Hangar 13. The studio then moved on to work on Mafia: Definitive Edition, the remake of the game. The original Mafia launched in 2002 to release on PC, PS4, and Xbox One in 2020. Although companies often use game remakes to gauge public interest in long-running series before sequels, but that may not be the case here as Mafia 3 has been a huge record-breaking and commercially successful 2K despite mixed critical reception.
In an interview on the 20th anniversary of the franchise, Hangar 13 General Manager Roman Hladík confirmed that the next Mafia game is in development. The executive described the project as a “brand new” endeavor based on “new stories,” but has not revealed an official name. The only other detail he shared about Mafia 4 is that the game is still “a few more years” from its release date. However, Hangar 13 started developing this game around the time Mafia: Definitive Edition launched in mid-2020.
Hladík also reflected on his 25 years with the company that started out as a four-person independent studio from the Czech Republic called Illusion Softworks. He was a character artist for the first Mafia before being promoted to art director for Mafia 2. He has held the current executive role since Mafia 3 began development around 2011.
Just a few months ago, Hangar 13 experienced massive layoffs, shrinking its California branch’s 87-person division down to about 60%. The company now has three more studios around the world, though not all are focused on the Mafia franchise, with at least one studio working on another but now-cancelled project. However, the current state of the headquarters suggests that the next Mafia game is only just out of pre-production, so the timeline of a few more years that Hladík gives may be the most optimistic time yet. The game can be released to gamers. Either way, this will be a very anticipated game and hopefully we will see more information about the game in the near future.
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