Grave digger

This has been the busiest December this editor can remember in quite a while. As if PlayStation Experience wasn’t enough at the start of the month, our inbox has been inundated with press releases over the past seven days – does no one want to take some time off? This latest tidbit isn’t an official confirmation, but it has got us pretending to be Al Capone around the office: Mafia III has been listed for the PlayStation 4 on online retailer Play Asia’s website.

This may not sound like much in isolation, but the plaza has accidentally outed a number of titles in recent weeks – including Resident Evil Revelations 2. Unsurprisingly, the product page doesn’t include much content – well, aside from a bunch of adapted flavour text originally attributed to Mafia II. However, this is a title that’s been in production for a while, with early rumours suggesting that it was aiming to release alongside Sony’s next-gen system last year.

That clearly didn’t pan out, as original creator 2K Czech was purportedly dropped from the project. The word on the grapevine is that Hangar 13, a new 2K studio based in Novato, California, has taken up the reins, with an announcement imminent if this listing is to be believed. The company’s website notes that it’s currently working on “creating an intense action game set in an immersive world”, which seems to fit the bill as far as we’re concerned.

We quite enjoyed the previous Mafia title on the PlayStation 3, but while it boasted a great mood and story, its world felt empty and its story missions were fairly forgettable. Still, if this new developer can improve upon the foundations already established by 2K Czech, then there’s the potential for something special here. Is this a sequel that you’d be interested in, or do you reckon that this franchise would be better off sleeping with the fishes? Let us know in the comments section below.

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