Earlier this year, it was reported by Kotaku that Hangar 13 was working on a new Mafia game amidst the Studio Head Haden Blackman leaving the company, and now the studio and publisher 2K Games has gotten around to making it publicly official.
The announcement came as part of a 20th anniversary retrospective interview with series veterans General Manager Roman Hladík, Head of Production and Media Director Tomáš Hřebíček, and Game Director Alex Cox. The interview is extensive, and goes over their experiences working on the series over the years, but at the very end, Hladík confirms the new game is in the works, but is still a ways away.
“I’m happy to confirm we’ve started work on an all-new Mafia project,” Hladík says. “While it’s a few years away and we can’t share anything more right now, we’re really excited to keep working on this beloved franchise and to entertain our players with new stories.”
According to Kotaku’s report, the new game is supposed to be a prequel to the original Mafia trilogy, and is being developed in Unreal Engine 5.
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The last new game in the series was Mafia III, which launched on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One back in 2016, with a Mac and Stadia version following in 2017 and 2021 respectively. A remake of the original game launched in 2020, and was part of a Mafia: Trilogy pack that also included a remastered Mafia II and the definitive version of Mafia III (which included DLC packs).