When most people think of the mafia, they envision Italian organized crime families in 1920s Chicago who ruled their city with an iron fist and tommy guns. What most people don’t think about is 1960s New Orleans, but it seems developer 2K Games is looking to change that.
During Gamescom today, 2K Games dropped their announcement trailer for Mafia 3, the third installment in their violent, open world crime series. But rather than throw back to the days of Al Capone, the developer is looking to introduce a new era of the mafia, where military vets become family and establish themselves as the new age mafia bosses in New Orleans, Louisiana.
The above trailer gives gamers a small taste of what to expect from Mafia 3, and reveals a protagonist whose demons are a far cry different than those of real-life mobsters Meyer Lansky and Lucky Luciano, but are every bit as real and haunting. The trailer also gives a taste of the brutality that’s to come in the game, as the main character, Lincoln Clay, and his crew send an enemy to sleep with the alligators.
The whole trailer – and most likely the game – can be summed up in two statements Clay makes:
“Family ain’t who you’re born with, it’s who you die for… Now you all know what I’m willing to do for my family. What are you willing to do for yours?”
The storyline for Mafia 3 brings together a few tried and true plot points, and mixes them with some fresh ideas that will hopefully provide a unique, compelling experience for players.
Mafia 3 is set in 1968 New Orleans, and follows protagonist Lincoln Clay, who grew up an orphan and never felt he had much of a family until he joined the army and went to war in Vietnam. As a half-black, half-white man, Clay adopts the “Black Mob” as his family after returning from the war, but in video game fashion, loses that family quickly when the Italian mob wipes them out and shoots Clay in the head, leaving him for dead.
Naturally, Clay isn’t dead, and goes on the attack, hungry for revenge. The drive for vengeance and blood is heavy as players move through the game, rebuilding the mafia empire he lost and rediscovering his family who always have his back.
The game is unflinching when it comes to violence and racism in 1960s New Orleans, and gives players a chance to feel the pain and rage associated with that time and the paths Clay follows. It’s an opportunity to re-imagine the mafia and experience a new era of family and loyalty.
What did you think about the trailer for Mafia 3? Are you happy with the direction 2K Games is taking the franchise? Let us know in the comments.
Mafia 3 is expected to release in 2016 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.