2K Games’ releases its Mafia 3 E3 2016 trailer ahead of schedule, and the video promises gamers a dark, brooding, and violent look at New Orleans’ past.

Gamers familiar with the Mafia series of games are accustomed to a certain mix of violence and prestige. 2k Games’ looks at life in the family are often coming of age stories that center around revenge, honor, and respect, and Mafia 3 looks like it will continue the trend with a gritty re-imagining of 1968 New Orleans. Early indication so far has suggested that Mafia 3 would include the usual action gameplay with a renewed emphasis on some stealth sequences as well, and since then, gamers have waited for more information.

2K Games has made sure the wait won’t extend to the middle of E3 week, however. The publisher released a new trailer today that give fans a longer look at Mafia 3‘s dark New Orleans setting, along with the first real details about main character Lincoln Clay and what drives him as a character.

Astute gamers will note that Clay’s appearance in the trailer leans on the fact he is a veteran of the Vietnam War, suggesting he will deal with the demons of his past while also carrying out his revenge on the mafia family that cruelly murdered his own criminal organization. The trailer also indicates that Mafia 3 is still going to be released in October, which should let hardcore fans of the series breath a sigh of relief after a recent rash of high-profile game delays heading into E3.

While the trailer tells a compelling story of revenge that can only become more interesting as gamers gain control of Clay and uncover exactly what lengths he is willing to go to, it also shows off an extended look at Mafia 3‘s new gameplay. Gamers can expect to find themselves in the seedy underbelly of Louisiana while engaging in gunfights, dealing with illegal enterprises, and even entering an underground boxing match.

If there’s an obvious comparison to be made between Mafia 3 and Grand Theft Auto 5, however, it’s not one that 2K Games’ shares a belief in. Strauss Zelnick, the CEO of 2K Games, has already gone on record as saying that Mafia 3 will be a completely different game than Grand Theft Auto, and fans can expect a new experience that should make Mafia 3 stand on its own rather than live in the shadow of an industry giant like Grand Theft Auto 5.

What do you think about the Mafia 3 E3 2016 trailer? Does the longer look at the game’s story and setting make you more likely to pick it up, or are you holding out for extended videos showing off more gameplay footage? Let us know in the comments below.

Mafia 3 will be available on October 7, 2016, for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

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