Are you one of those people who are looking forward to the release of Mafia 4? There are good news and bad news to this story.
The good news is there are rumors circulating that Mafia 4 is under development.The bad news is Hangar 13 is not optimistic about the fourth installment, given the disastrous Mafia 3.
Which news are you rooting for?
Mafia 4: The bumpy ride
The action-adventure video game was first released by Illusion Softworks in 2002 and fans went crazy over it. Many described it as groundbreaking and set the bar for this genre of video games. It received raving reviews and fans called it simply the best.
- It looked and sounded great.
- It’s free of bugs.
- It’s long enough to keep a player occupied for 8 hours or more.
Mafia made it possible for players to play the role of a criminal and take control of a city. They practically get to play Godfather with all the guns and explosions that go with it.
Eight years later, video game developer 2K Czech released the second installment Mafia II. It was just as awesome and provided players the platform to step into Vito’s shoes and experience his exploits, along with his buddy Joe. Many agreed that playing Mafia II was an enjoyable experience.
The same developer also released 3 of downloadable content (DLC) expansion packs–Mafia II: The Betrayal of Jimmy, Mafia II: Jimmy’s Vendetta, and Mafia II: Joe’s Adventures. Developer Twistbox released Mafia II Mobile.
Mafia 3, however, is an entirely different story. Literally.
Because 2K Czech was behind schedule, Hangar 13 took over Mafia and launched the third installment in 2016. To say that it was disappointing was an understatement.
It was described as boring. Can you imagine Godfather to be boring?
If a video game with the same premise is called as such, then it doesn’t deserve to be called a game at all.
But, as it is, Mafia 3 is a disaster.
Hangar 13 may not want to redeem itself from that. Or can’t.
Despite the negative reviews, other titles under Mafia 3 were launched–Mafia III: Rivals, Mafia III: Faster, Baby!, Mafia III: Stones Unturned, and Mafia III: Sign of the Times.
Mafia 4 won’t be coming out soon
Unfortunately, and no matter how much fans will it, the fourth installment of the franchise is nowhere near on the horizon. Hangar 13 is unlikely to release it just 3 years after the disaster Mafia 3 left behind. The developer is not optimistic at all.
And if they will launch a new one, they will do their darnedest to make something explosive enough that players will forget Mafia 3 even came to be.
If this is the case, Hangar 13 will take their time, so a new game won’t be coming out soon.
The game developer admitted that Mafia 4 was in development but was put on hold because it was going nowhere. They also didn’t know which direction the story will take.
Might as well put Mafia 4 on hold than serve fans up with another disastrous installment of Mafia, right?