Following the delay of Mafia: Definitive Edition, developer Hanger 13 decided to show off a more hefty chunk of gameplay. The 15-minute video clip was voiced over by Hangar 13 president and COO Haden Blackman, who went over a few missions in the story. Blackman reiterated how Mafia: Definitive Edition is a full remake of the 2002 original, rather than a remaster like the other Mafia games.
The city itself was completely rebuilt, but the developer noted its desire to keep the original game’s landmarks intact. As we can see in video, the new lighting and weather effects shown off look a real step up too. The remastered gameplay appears to adopts systems from Mafia 3 as well, which will help to modernize the game. Mafia: Definitive Edition will feature a casual “story” setting for those after a more relaxed experience, but the updated shooting mechanics look worth a proper go on hard mode.
Nothing personal, it’s just business
As this is a full-on remake, you won’t receive Mafia: Definitive Edition as a free upgrade if you own the original. This was the case with Mafia 2 and 3 Definitive Editions, which is why we feel the need to clarify. Despite the delay, you can still pre-order the game to get the bonus content. It includes the Chicago Outfit pack, which includes “The Don” player outfit, a gold semi-automatic gun, and the Smith V12 limousine. Let’s hope the month-long delay avoids the issues that plagued the release of the Mafia 2 and 3 remasters.
Mafia: Definitive Edition is heading to Steam and the Epic Games Store on September 25 for $39.99 USD. The delay is still a bummber, but this demo was a welcome stopgap. The walkthrough confirms a huge technical leap from the 2002 original. We’re also interested to see if the launch is smoother than that of the Mafia 2 and 3 remasters.