Earlier today (overnight for many of us) Mafia III was revealed at Gamesome in Germany. This official reveal comes after many rumors and a bit of teasing on the part of the publisher, 2K. Said teasing seems to be in the vein of the way Bethesda handled the reveal of Fallout 4, and I wouldn’t be surprised if more games are introduced in this fashion.
It appears that this entry into what is, in my opinion, one of the most under-appreciated video game series’ of the past few generations, will place us in the bayous of Louisiana following the Vietnam War. According to GameSpot, Mafia III will tackle issues surrounding racism and war, and will also turn the tables on the series, gearing a focus more toward dismantling the mob rather than serving it. Very little is known so far, but it looks like the main character will be Lincoln Clay, a war veteran who seems to have turned to crime after living life on the frontline, not unlike Vito Scaletta, the protagonist of the most recent entry into the series.
I found a few things worth noting in this trailer, the first of which being that the main protagonist is biracial, which is something that is still criminally underrepresented in the gaming industry.
Second, it appears that this entry into the Mafia series may not just focus on the Italian mob, but may also delve into other crime syndicates considering the appearances of the other characters featured in the trailer.
Third, the gray-haired fellow in the trailer appears to be Vito from Mafia II, which makes me (and I’m sure other fans of the series) very happy.
I’m very excited for this game, and it’s almost instantly been catapulted into my most-anticipated list for the near future.
Check out the trailer below and let me know what you think!