Publisher 2K Games today confirmed the existence of Mafia 3, a long-anticipated sequel in its open-world crime drama series.
Few details regarding the upcoming release are known, though 2K notes that the game will be fully revealed at next week’s Gamescom event in Germany.
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Similar in premise to Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto series, 2K’s Mafia games are open-world quests in which players control a member of the criminal underworld in 1930s-era America. Gameplay in the Mafia games centers around a “Wanted” system that tracks player crimes and traffic offenses, forcing them to keep a low profile while evading police.
The original game in the series, Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven, premiered for PC platforms in 2002, and ports for the Xbox and PlayStation 2 arrived in 2004. Gameplay took a more considered approach to crime than its rivals in the Grand Theft Auto series, focusing more on minimizing violent encounters, rather than open-world mayhem.
Mafia 2, released in 2010 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC platforms, expanded on its predecessor’s gameplay with new weapons, context-sensitive environmental interaction, and a cover system that incorporates modern third-person shooter mechanics.
Mafia 2 saw multiple DLC expansions released in the months after its initial launch. The first two DLC mini-campaigns, “The Betrayal of Jimmy” and “Jimmy’s Vendetta,” featured plot points and characters separate from the game’s main storyline. The final DLC entry “Joe’s Adventures” is a more substantial expansion that blends with Mafia 2‘s core campaign. Mafia 2: Director’s Cut, a compilation bundling all previously released downloadable content, debuted for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PCs in 2011.
Mafia 3 was known to exist as far back as 2012. Rumors suggested that the game was previously in development for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 before shifting to current-generation platforms. A rumored casting call in 2014 hints at a Louisiana setting.
2K announced that a trailer showcasing Mafia 3 will premiere on August 5.