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2K is celebrating the 20 th anniversary of the Mafia franchise this month. It did so with a trailer (embedded beneath) and an especially lengthy interview with the Hangar 13 builders General Manager Roman Hladík, Head of Production and Media Director Tomáš Hřebíček, and Game Director Alex Cox.

It was Hladík, who has labored on each Mafia installment but for the reason that starting, who confirmed the existence of a brand new game with the next phrases.

I’m completely satisfied to substantiate we have began work on an all-new Mafia mission! While it is a number of years away and we will not share something extra without delay, we’re actually excited to preserve engaged on this beloved franchise and to entertain our gamers with new tales.

Hangar 13 hasn’t been crusing on the smoothest winds. The game studio had already canceled a Cold War-themed Project Rhapsody earlier than making Mafia III; in late 2021, we discovered of one other massive cancellation as Take-Two revealed that it needed to write off $53 million in prices due to the most recent Hangar 13 mission codenamed Volt (after they launched Mafia: Definitive Edition in 2020).

Hangar 13’s newest mission was creatively bold and thrilling. When we pursue new mental properties, we sometimes might encounter conditions that decision for cancellation. We encourage our groups to pursue their passions and take inventive dangers, balanced in opposition to prudent business and monetary selections and our unwavering dedication to delivering the most effective leisure experiences. We have full confidence in Hangar 13’s management and growth staff and consider that they’ll and can ship essential and business successes sooner or later. Hangar 13’s management is working intently with 2K to make sure that Hangar 13 staff members proceed to do significant work, both as a part of Hangar 13 or on one in every of our different growth groups.

Sadly, there was additionally a spherical of layoffs just some months in the past, and even the studio head Haden Blackman stepped down. We additionally discovered that the studio can be engaged on a Top Spin revival and a Mafia prequel made with Unreal Engine 5, which is probably going the game the builders confirmed at this time.

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