The Mafia turned 20 this week. It is a fact that makes me feel a little old. 2K recently published an interview with a developer looking at early open world games, the challenges and triumphs involved in creating them, and most exciting of all; the promise of a new entry in the Mafia series.
The 20th anniversary interview was posted on the official Mafia website and is remembered by the developers. They discuss their entry points into the series, their personal ups and downs in development, and what it means to be able to remake an original version.
Former art director and current studio head Roman Hladik explains the technical side of the remake: “There were a lot of technical limitations in the original Mafia; for example, the drawing distance was only a few hundred meters, so I couldn’t see great views of the city. With Mafia: Definitive Edition, we have an incredible opportunity to improve the vision of the first game, so we could create panoramic views and better convey the atmosphere of the cities of the 1930s.
If you’re a fan of the series or just gaming history in general, the full interview is worth a read, with perhaps the most interesting news in the last paragraph. :
“I am happy to confirm that we have started work on a new Mafia project! While there are still a few years to go and we can’t share anything else at this time, we are excited to continue working on this beloved franchise and entertaining our players with new stories.”
In case you missed it, and while you wait for more information on the latest game in the series, Mafia will be free on Steam to celebrate its anniversary, so grab it and fast-forward 20 years. If you already own Mafia, a great Titanic mod is in the works. It’s definitely in development right now, but it’s also definitely worth checking out.
Source : PC Gamesn