2K has announced plans to bring Mafia and Mafia II to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One as part of a Mafia: Trilogy collection. While we’ll know more next Tuesday, right now we know that the trilogy will include remastered versions of both games, alongside Mafia III, which launched on the PS4 and Xbox One back in 2016.
Right now, we’ve got a 30-second teaser trailer and some screenshots, the latter of which you can check out here:
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While Mafia III probably won’t be getting a huge upgrade, as it’s already native to these consoles, the original game is 18 years old at this point, and looks like it’s getting a complete remake. Mafia II isn’t quite as old, but still debuted on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, so will at least benefit from running on the newer hardware. We’ll know the specifics of what’s going on here next week, but what we’ve got to look at so far looks pretty great.
As the generation nears its end, the industry is rallying around remakes and remasters of old games to cap things off. Mafia is bringing games dating back two generations to modern consoles, and just yesterday Tony Hawk announced remasters for the first two Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater games by text message, which will be launching as a double pack in September. There are also whispers of a Mass Effect trilogy remaster that will probably be announced during Electronic Arts’ EA Play event in June, which is going digital in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The real question there is whether or not people are distanced enough from the Mass Effect 3 ending controversy to talk about the games like adults? The first few days of this news floating around the internet speaks to a resounding “no.”
But wait, there’s more remasters in the pipeline as well. The Wonderful 101 is coming to modern systems just next week, (although physical copies are being delayed due to coronavirus complicating shipping and manufacturing) Saints Row: The Third will be bringing its particular brand of nonsense to PS4, Xbox One, and PC on May 22, and there’s even reports that Nintendo is working on some extensive remasters for much of the Super Mario franchise to celebrate its mascot’s 35th anniversary. While news of this was probably meant to come next month as part of Nintendo’s usual E3-adjacent Nintendo Direct, there have also been reports that the company won’t be holding this presentation in June due to the coronavirus causing delays and other issues with the games that were going to be showcased. While this pandemic has thrown a wrench into almost everybody’s plans to reveal things over the summer, Game Awards boss Geoff Keighley has stepped in to create a four-month long event that is acting as a platform for several companies to announce things between now and August.