Hangar 13 is working on a new game in the Mafia series, according to a Kotaku source. The development is said to be at an early stage and not many details are known yet. It will be a prequel. The news comes on the heels of the departure of two senior employees.
British studio Hangar 13 is leading the development of the new mafia game, Kotaku writes† The game will take place before the other 3 mafia games. The first mafia game takes place in the 1930s. Internally, the game will be known as Nero and will use the Mafia prequel Unreal Engine 5. Previous Mafia games used their own engine.
Mafia games are set in the United States and are open world games from a third person perspective. Hangar has released 13 new versions of the first game in nearly two years. The first Mafia game originally appeared in 2002. Mafia 2 was also re-released in 2020 and graphically refined. The first two mafia games were created by the same Czech studio, which later became Hangar 13.
Hangar 13 was founded in 2014 led by Haden Blackman. Blackman previously worked for LucasArts Entertainment on several Star Wars games. He is now leaving from Hangar 13, as did Matthew Urban, the Chief Operating Officer† Nick Baines, British studio head of Hangar 13, now heads up the 2K chapter.
According to Kotaku, the development studio tried to develop new games after the release of Mafia 3, including a spy game and action game similar to Destiny 2. These games are not officially revealed and are no longer in development. Recently, the developers of Hangar 13 were said to have been involved in making other Take-Two games, such as Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands.
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