New Mafia game confirmed by Hangar 13, original title going free on Steam this week


A new Mafia game – colloquially known as Mafia 4 – has been confirmed by developer Hangar 13. it was “a few years away” from the official unveiling. As part of the celebration, publisher 2K Games is giving away the original Mafia title on PC for free. The game can be redeemed on Steam from September 1-5, after which it’s yours to keep.

Rumors of a new Mafia game have been circulating since May, with reports claiming it will be a prequel to the existing trilogy. The plan was to do this in Unreal Engine 5, while ditching the Mafia 3 engine that has been used for recent, unpolished remasters. Although the developers haven’t directly attested to it, the new Hangar 13 interview confirms that a new iteration of the crime simulation franchise is in the works. Hladik also refrained from calling it “Mafia 4”, which sort of matches the leak.

Mafia studio Hangar 13 suffered a slew of layoffs last year, with studio head Haden Blackman stepping down. Although 2K Games confirmed the news, they never provided any context for the dismissal. Reports suggest the massive layoffs were related to several canceled projects, including a new IP named Volt. Parent company Take-Two quietly shut it down last year, having already invested $50 million (around Rs. 398 crore) in it.

Released in 2002, the original Mafia game was set in the 1930s and followed a taxi driver named Tommy Angelo, who is reluctantly thrust into the world of organized crime. While initially he is uncomfortable falling with the Salieri mafia family, the rewards for his deeds become too great to ignore – gradually turning him into a crime boss. The game will be available for free on Steam, from September 1 to 5 – it is otherwise priced at Rs. 365.

Mafia: Definitive Edition review: Half-baked in every way

Mafia also received a remake, titled “The Definitive Edition” in 2020, featuring revised graphics, revamped gameplay mechanics, and better sound design. This version, which costs Rs. 2,199 on Steam but is currently discounted to Rs. 769, is not distributed for free.

The Mafia sequels also received a remaster, although the changes weren’t significant. Hangar 13’s latest cop game release, Mafia 3 received mixed reviews from critics, due to generic mission design and technical issues at launch.

Although details of the next Mafia game are scarce, we can assume that it will be available on all major platforms – PC, PS5, and Xbox Series S/X.


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