A New Mafia Game is in Development
Hangar 13, a California-based subsidiary of 2K Games, is developing a new Mafia game. A senior studio chief affirmed the news earlier today, while also reflecting on the twentieth anniversary of the Mafia franchise.
The latest passage in the series was Mafia 3, which will turn six this October and also happens to be the absolute first game created by Hangar 13. The studio then went to Mafia: Definitive Edition, a remake of the 2002 original which was released on PC, PS4, and Xbox One back in 2020. While it's not unexpected to utilize remakes to gauge public interest in lengthy running franchises prior to committing to spin-offs, that probably won't have been the case here, seeing how Mafia 3 was a record-breaking commercial accomplishment for 2K regardless of its blended critical gathering.
In an interview commemorating the twentieth anniversary of the franchise, Hangar 13 General Manager Roman Hladík affirmed that the following Mafia game is already in development. The chief depicted the task as an "all-new" endeavor based on "new stories," yet didn't venture to such an extreme as to give it an official title. The main other detail he shared about Mafia 4 — or whatever the following game turns out to be called — was that the title is still "a couple of years away" from release. Regardless, the implication is that Hangar 13 started development around the time Mafia: Definitive Edition went gold in mid-2020.
Hladík also pondered his 25 years with the company that originally started as a four-man indie studio from the Czech Republic called Illusion Softworks. He was a character artist for the original Mafia prior to being elevated to an art chief for Mafia 2. He's been in his ongoing leader job since Mafia 3 began development circa 2011.
The serene nature of today's announcement is reminiscent of the way Take-Two Interactive handled the hotly anticipated Grand Theft Auto 6 confirmation earlier this year. The two titles were just affirmed to be in development with basically nothing in the way of additional details. That said, GTA 6 is by all accounts nearer to release than the fourth Mafia game.
It was a couple of months ago that Hangar 13 went through major layoffs, downsizing its areas of strength for 87 division by around 60%. The company has three additional studios around the world, however not all of them were necessarily centered around the Mafia franchise, with at least one outlet beforehand working on another, presently canceled project. Notwithstanding, the present status of its headquarters would recommend that the following Mafia game has as of late left the pre-creation stage, so the couple of years-away timeline given by Hladík is either optimistic, intentionally vague, or both.