Regular readers may remember a rumour that was doing the rounds back in May. The word on the street was that Hangar 13 — the developer behind the Mafia series — was working on a new instalment. Fast forward a few months and here we are, with publisher 2K officially confirming that the next Mafia game is in the works.

It's early days, though. "It's a few years away and we can't share anything more right now," Hangar 13 general manager Roman Hladík clarifies. "We're really excited to keep working on this beloved franchise and to entertain our players with new stories."

As you may recall, the studio has suffered a fairly large number of layoffs over the last year or so, which led to a lot of people questioning whether there would even be another Mafia title. But the fact that development has now been made public suggests that things have smoothed out.

It would be interesting to know what the premise for this project is, because the aforementioned rumour said that it may well be a prequel to the existing Mafia trilogy. That would mean a pre-1930s setting.

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