As someone who’s played and enjoyed Mafia and Mafia II the news of Mafia III excites me. Now I’m going to rewind back in time since this announcements reminds me of past times. What do I mean by that? Well years ago before Marooners’ Rock I wrote and did PR for a site called SFX-360, which changed its name to Digital Noob. (Sadly, that site is no more.) At one point and time we were contacted to host a Mafia II party. That was years ago, but still from the pictures and how it went it excites me even more to see that 2K Games knows a third game in the franchise is worth it.
What is Mafia III about? Well this next little bit is direct from the press release so you’ll better understand on what this story will be about. Mafia III is set in the open world of 1968 New Bordeaux, a reimagined version of New Orleans bustling with activity and complete with era-inspired cars, fashion and music. After years of combat in Vietnam, Lincoln Clay knows this truth: family isn’t who you’re born with, it’s who you die for. Now, back home in New Bordeaux, Lincoln is set on escaping his criminal past. But when his surrogate family, the black mob, is betrayed and wiped out by the Italian Mafia, Lincoln builds a new family from the ashes of the old and blazes a path of military-grade revenge through those responsible. Intense gun fights, visceral hand-to-hand combat, white-knuckle driving, hard choices and street smarts will all be required to survive the mean streets of New Bordeaux. But with the right crew, it’s possible to make it to the top of the city’s underworld.
“Mafia III continues 2K’s proud legacy of creating outstanding narrative experiences, and is poised to set a new standard for interactive storytelling,” said Christoph Hartmann, president of 2K. “With Hangar 13 at the helm, Haden Blackman and his team of talented developers are set to deliver a truly unforgettable experience this October.”
“Mafia III introduces a true open world, rich with its own criminal ecosystems to the franchise, while still upholding the strong narrative storytelling and immersive setting that the previous Mafia games are known for,” said Haden Blackman, studio head and creative director at Hangar 13. “New Bordeaux in 1968 provides a unique and powerful backdrop for our hard-boiled story of crime, betrayal, loyalty and revenge.”
How much will it cost you to purchase the game normally up to the Collectors Edition? Let’s find out what 2K Games has to say! The Standard, limited deluxe and limited collector’s editions of Mafia III are now available for pre-order. 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.
You can find the trailer provided below and trust me you’ll want to go ahead and click play and enjoy. As for the release date you’ll be able to pick up your copy of Mafia III on October 7, 2016. If you’re a fan of the Mafia games or know people who are be sure to share this great news from 2K Games. If you have thoughts on this news comment below!