Mafia: Definitive Edition’s release date has been pushed back.
As a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the game will now be released on September 25. 2K, the studio responsible for the hit series, released an official statement via the Mafia website. They stated that despite intending to “release the game one month earlier on August 28, finalizing everything in time for that launch date has become increasingly challenging due to the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic, and the last thing we want to do is compromise the quality of the experience.”
They hailed the Mafia game as a “passion project”, and “are committed to crafting an updated experience worthy of that timeless classic.” The studio did, however, announce that fans would be treated to “an extended look at Mafia: Definitive Edition’s gameplay in just two weeks on July 22.”
2K released a 15-second teaser on Youtube, as seen below, in preparation for the gameplay reveal in just over two weeks’ time.
Mafia: Definitive Edition will feature new experiences and story enhancements, according to developer Hangar 13. In a discussion in Official Playstation Magazine’s big Hot 53 issue, game director Alex Cox cites that Mafia Definitive Edition will be a remake of the original game, but updated for players of today. Speaking to the magazine, Cox expressed his desire to “rejuvenate the game,” and “make it relevant to modern players.”
“We have made changes, it’s not a one-to-one copy of the original game,”
In 2002, the original Mafia was released on PlayStation 2, the original Xbox, and PC. Fast-forward eight years down the line, and Mafia 2 arrived. The sequel was released for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC. Mafia 3 arrived some six years after in 2016.
Mafia: Definitive Edition is set for release on August 28, and will be available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Stadia, and PC via Steam. The game will come to the Epic Games Store at a later date.