2K Games and Hangar 13 have released a new gameplay trailer for Mafia III, which is due this October. Taking the action to New Bordeaux in 1968, players play the role of Lincoln Clay, an orphan and a Vietnam War veteran, who is on a quest to build a new crime organization to confront the Italian mob.
The new trailer features lots of bone crunching action, weapon swinging, explosions and the odd display of automotive goodness. Clay looks like he has a bone to pick and Mafia III will let you live out your crime boss fantasy as you build up your empire from the ground up.
We already covered the soundtrack in a previous article which you can check out here, which features an amazing 60s soundtrack that could easily win best game soundtrack of the year. However, the elephant in the room in regards to Mafia III is without doubt, racism. It’s set in New Orleans in 1968, the year in which Martin Luther King was assassinated.
“Our overriding philosophy is authenticity,” says Bill Harms, lead writer on Mafia 3. “I think we’d be doing a disservice to everyone if we didn’t touch that (racism). At the end of the day, this is a crime story, it’s Mafia 3, it’s about criminals doing criminal things. But (racism) is a big part of the world that he (game protagonist Lincoln Clay) walks through. He experiences that.”
Meanwhile, this week 2K Games have added Mafia II on the Xbox Games Store for Xbox 360 and PlayStation Store for PS3 for download, after a spell of absence. Unfortunately, they are charging $30 for the privilege, and for enthusiastic Xbox One owners, it’s not a backwards compatible title.
Mafia III will be available for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on October 7th.