Wasn’t completely new. Mafia game since 2016 Mafia 3, but a new report claims the series is returning. This game is supposed to be a prequel and will be developed on Unreal Engine 5.
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Kotaku provided said report, which stated that the game was still «in early development» and was codenamed Nero. It is expected to be a prequel to Mafia trilogy and is planned to use Unreal Engine 5 rather than the engine used for Mafia: Definitive Edition, Mafia II: Definitive Editionand Mafia 3. Perhaps this is for the best, as all three games have been ridiculed for their numerous bugs and poor technical performance. To move to Unreal Engine 5 after having previously used a different engine, also follows a trend that other studios such as CD Projekt Red and Crystal Dynamics have helped set as the next Witcher game and tomb Raider will be built on the Epic engine.
Hangar 13 has gone through some tough times over the past few years. His unannounced music game, codenamed Rhapsodyapparently went through his own troubles, according to Kotaku report. The game map was allegedly in Mafia 3files, that people were able to extract. Next team name, codenamed live service game volt, was also reportedly cancelled, as indirectly revealed during the earnings call. There was also a third game based on the loot ARPG codenamed Mosaic, which was «abandoned before it was officially revealed». The studio also had two rounds of layoffs, one in 2017 and one in 2018.
returning to Mafia worth noting as the aforementioned 2018 Kotaku report stated that the team was given the choice of making a new IP or a new Mafia name and chose the first one. After three failed projects, it looks like the studio is heading back to something more established.
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Report on new Mafia The game was also accompanied by an official announcement of the departure of part of the team’s leadership. Hangar 13 COO Matthew Urban is leaving along with studio head Hayden Blackman. Blackman is known for his work in star Warsespecially the recently released Star Wars: The Force Unleashedand will be «[pursuing] his passion for new beginnings.» Kotaku’s report says others are also trying to leave the studio, which seems fitting for a team that has taken its fair share of morale blows over the years.