The worldwide trailer for Mafia III has premiered today, revealing the third instalment will drop in 2016.
The trailer, shown above, premiered during Gamescom and also revealed that the new instalment will be developed by a newly formed 2K development studio, Hangar 13, after 2K Czech, the developers of Mafia and Mafia III, previously shut doors and moved to 2K headquarters in California
The Hangar 13 development studio will be led by veteran game developer Haden Blackman.
Set in a reimagined New Orleans in 1968, one of the most tumultuous years in American history, a cloud of corruption hangs in the air and the city has become a haven for organized crime. The Italian mob controls illegal gambling, drugs, and prostitution, while corrupt police and politicians line their pockets with the proceeds.
Players follow the story of Lincoln Clay, a disenfranchised Vietnam veteran, returning from combat and looking for a home and a place to belong. Orphaned as a child, Lincoln at last achieves a semblance of family with the city’s black mob, finding the surrogate father and brother he has longed for.
But when Lincoln’s new family is betrayed and slaughtered by the Italian mob, he becomes fixated on revenge and wages a brutal war against the Italians, whilst also building an empire and a new family of his own that transforms the city.
“Mafia III continues the strong franchise tradition of a captivating story set in the treacherous and calculated world of organized crime,” said Christoph Hartmann, president of 2K. “Mafia III captures Hangar 13’s mantra of ‘every player story is unique’ through a cinematic narrative that responds to player choice.”
Throughout the story, players will be able to choose their out path with a dynamic narrative structure which responds to player choices.
“The Mafia franchise is known for its immersive sense of time and place, and for presenting compelling stories about life within organized crime,” said Haden Blackman, studio head and creative director at Hanger 13.
“In Mafia III, we are introducing players to an unexpected new anti-hero and an iconic city to explore, all within a hard-boiled drama set during one of the most turbulent years in American history.”
Mafia III will be available in 2016 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Windows PC.
Some screenshots were also released, as shown below.