Hangar 13 confirms new Mafia game, says it’s ‘a few years away’

Hangar 13 has confirmed that a new Mafia game is in development but says that it’s “a few years away”.

In an interview celebrating 20 years of the franchise, the company confirmed that they’re working on a new entry in the open-world crime franchise.

“I’m happy to confirm we’ve started work on an all-new Mafia project!” said Hangar 13 General Manager Roman Hladík.

“While it’s a few years away and we can’t share anything more right now, we’re really excited to keep working on this beloved franchise and to entertain our players with new stories.”

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The game is rumoured to be a prequel, according to a Kotaku report from earlier in the year.

The last entry in the series, Mafia 3, was released to mixed reviews in 2016. A Mafia: Definitive Edition release saw the original 2002 game remade for modern consoles.

This news follows a tough year for Hangar 13 which saw studio head Haden Blackman leave the studio, and parent company 2K. 

Blackman reportedly stepped down in order “to pursue his passion at a new endeavour,” according to an announcement initially shared internally to staff at the studio (via GamesIndustry.biz).

It was claimed in November that 2K had cancelled a new title from Hangar 13. Codenamed Volt, the project had reportedly been in development in various forms since 2017.

But people said to be familiar with 2K‘s decision told Bloomberg that work on the unannounced project has ceased.