New Mafia prequel in development at Hangar 13

Rumors surrounding Hangar 13 suggest that a new mafia game is in development, as a prequel to the original trilogy.

The rumor in question comes via Kotaku, who reported on Hangar 13’s former studio head, Haden Blackman, who is leaving after seven years.

While 2k Games, the publisher of the Mafia series, declined to comment on the story, Kotaku released an email from Hangar 13 detailing the changes in the developer’s leadership.

However, Kotaku’s source also notes that the departure coincides with the early development of a new mafia title in Hangar 13.

The Rumored Mafia Title Could Be a Prequel

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Mafia Definitive Edition was the latest Mafia title released by Hangar 13 and published by 2k Games

While it’s not too surprising that Hangar 13 is going back to Mafia with their next project, it’s interesting that Mafia 4 could end up being a prequel.

It would make sense, given that the Mafia Trilogy recently received Definitive Editions, with Mafia 1 being remade from scratch and Mafia 2 receiving new HD visuals.

Since all games have been brought to the modern era, going further back in the series timeline could put a new spin on the crime-inspired action-adventure series.

Mafia 4 Reportedly Developed With Unreal Engine 5

What’s more, the game is reportedly being developed with Unreal Engine 5. Gamers got a taste of what Unreal Engine 5 was capable of through The Matrix Awakens experience released after the Game Awards on December 9, 2021.

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Keanu Reeve’s featured in Unreal Engine 5, which is reportedly used to develop Mafia 4.

While The Matrix Awakens was a shorter experience meant to showcase the new engine, the upcoming Xbox Series X title, Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2, will be the first full game to be released with Unreal Engine 5.

Depending on how Hangar 13 develops, this alleged mafia prequel could be a title to look forward to as a tech showpiece. But it’s only time to decide whether Hangar 13’s change in leadership will impact the development of this rumored title in any meaningful way.

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