Best Buy Hints at Mafia III’s Release Date

Open world third-person action-adventure game Mafia III is a highly anticipated title that’s being developed by Hangar 13 and published by 2K Games. What we know for sure about the next Mafia game is that it will be released at some point in 2016, but 2K Games has not released any information about an official release date just yet. However, it’s not exactly uncommon for large retailers to provide hints regarding the release dates of these games. Best Buy, for example, has listed the game as available starting April 26, and even though this is nothing more than a rumour at this point, the release date would make sense for a game that’s been in development since 2012, albeit with a series of breaks caused by 2k Czech’s restructuring.

At the time of writing, 2K Games has not commented on this rumored release date, and it’s not likely that its representatives will issue a statement before the official announcement. However, if Best Buy turns out to be right, it would mean that we’re only looking at about four more months of waiting time before we’ll be able to get our hands on this promising title. By the way, do you think that Mafia III will live up to its expectations in terms of story and gameplay?

Mafia 3 Domain Registrations Indicate Upcoming Announcement

Take-Two Interactive has secured four Mafia 3 domain names which might suggest an official announcement is on the horizon. Mafia 2 was synonymous for its engaging story, beautiful setting and catchy soundtrack featuring artists such as Bing Crosby and Doris Day. While the game was extremely linear and without a free-roam option, it provided an enthralling experience based on a number of memorable characters. As a huge fan of the original Mafia game, I was surprised to see how well this sequel was done and distinguished itself from other GTA style games.

In January 2015, the voice actor of Vito Scaletta hinted at the series’ revival and proclaimed,

“Might have some Mafia news very soon!”

While domains can be faked or purchased from unofficial parties, the registration actually came from Take-Two Interactive’s genuine accounts. Usually, domains are the first step before announcing a new title and I can see Mafia 3 being shown off at Gamescom which begins on the 5th August. There is already speculation about the crime caper being set in Louisiana if a recent casting call is to be believed. This does tie in with the overall theme of the franchise and would be the perfect landscape to continue the story.

Mafia 2’s PC version was also sublime and a visual masterpiece which ran fairly well on a wide range of systems. As a result, my expectations for the sequel are quite high and I hope to encounter another stylish gangster game but one which adopts a more open-world approach.

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San Francisco’s 2K Studio Reportedly Working On A Mafia 3 Game From Scratch

Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven was one of the games that revolutionised the gaming industry back in September 2002 when it first got launched. It emerged you in a unique experience of the Mafia world in the ’30 era, full of thrilling chase episodes, interesting plot and exceptional mix of characters. It also introduced a few environmental features, such as speed limit and the ability for cops to properly cope with law offences.

Then in 2010, eight years later, the second part was released, packed with newer graphics and physics engines, having the same expected outcome as the first. It even had the mission which linked the two games, namely the mission to kill Thomas Angelo, the first Mafia’s main character.

We now hear that there is a Mafia 3 in the works, but it however will not be developed by 2K Czech as Mafia II. There are rumors that even a few members from 2K Marin have followed Rod Fergusson, the head of 2K Studio over in San Francisco, to the new studio as well as others from 2K Czech. The reports state that 2K San Francisco will start from scratch on the new Mafia 3 project. They have no intention of using what the Czech studio developed for Mafia 2.

Regarding the fate of 2K Czech, nobody knows for sure. There had been some layoffs back in 2011 as Fudzilla reports and the exact number of people still in the Czech HQ is not known. They say that the layoffs were due to the studio not being able to deliver another Mafia 3 project before its deadline. However, concrete information has been released on the Mafia 3 attempt, neither on the actual rumor of the Mafia 3 development in San Francisco.

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