The coronavirus pandemic pushes another game out of its original window, as Mafia: Definitive Edition has been delayed about a month later than its planned August 28 release date until September 25.
The team at Hangar 13 released a statement through its social channels explaining that finalizing the remake has become more complicated due to the pandemic, but also said the studio would be releasing an extended gameplay presentation on July 22.
“Mafia: Definitive Edition will now release worldwide on September 25. Though we’d originally planned to release the game one month earlier on August 28, finalizing everything in time for that launch date has become increasingly challenging due to the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic, and the last thing we want to do is compromise the quality of the experience.
From the beginning, this has been a passion project for us. Many of our developers helped create the original Mafia, and all of us are committed to crafting an updated experience worthy of that timeless classic. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we make Mafia: Definitive Edition the very best it can be for all our fans worldwide.
We want to express our heartfelt thanks to you for watching our narrative trailer, playing the Definitive Editions of Mafia II and III, and supporting us as we continue building the definitive organized crime saga.”
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When Mafia: Definitive Edition does eventually launch, it will complete The Mafia Trilogy, a collection of all three games on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. The trilogy itself is available to purchase now, but only includes the remastered version of Mafia II and Mafia III at the moment. Once the first game’s remake is out there, anyone who has purchased the trilogy will gain access to it right away. In a series where each game is connected through an overarching narrative, this would be an issue because the beginning of the story is missing from the collection at present, but all three Mafia games don’t share narrative threads. So if you wanted to jump into the series now, buying the trilogy and playing them out of order should be fine. Mafia: Definitive Edition is running on Mafia III’s engine, so you could expect those games to be of comparable quality in terms of how they play and run, so the jump between the two shouldn’t be too jarring. Mafia II, however, is a remaster of the 10-year-old game, so your mileage may vary with that one.
While Hangar 13 has worked primarily on the Mafia series since being founded back in 2015, the studio also assisted with development on Borderlands: The Handsome Collection, specifically helping to bring 4K support to the remastered shooters. Outside of that, however, the studio said it’s working on a new, original IP as well. While there hasn’t been much word on that, Hangar 13’s Andy Wilson has said it won’t be in the same genre as Mafia III.