). There will be a proper announcement on May 19. Recently, we did learn Mafia II and Mafia III definitive editions have been listed by international games ratings boards.
Of course, given its name, this new release will likely offer some compilation of the three main Mafia games, the first of which debuted in 2002. Developed by Illusion Softworks, Mafia received a 9.2 from IGN, which called it a “great game with some minor problems that are easily forgotten once you get into the meat of the game.” Mafia 2 came several years later in 2010, and IGN’s Mafia 2 review called it “an interesting mobster tale with some great voice acting and cool cutscenes; if you have a ‘made man’ itch, feel free to scratch it here, but be prepared for a pretty standard third-person shooter in the gameplay department.”
Mafia III came after a similar gap, debuting in 2016. IGN’s Mafia III review said the sequel’s “strong characters and confident storytelling kept me engaged, even if the gameplay rarely delivered anything but bog-standard and repetitive open-world action. That’s a bummer, because Lincoln is an incredible protagonist and New Bordeaux is a fantastic setting thematically, and it would’ve been great to see them put to better use.” Mafia II and Mafia III both saw several DLC packs released after their respective launches.Since the third game in the series’ launch, Hangar 13 saw its number of offices expand, but the studio has remained relatively quiet after its Mafia III development.
Jonathon Dornbush is IGN’s Senior News Editor and Host of Podcast Beyond! Talk to him on Twitter @jmdornbush.