MAFIA: DEFINITIVE EDITION Has Been Delayed Due to COVID-19 Pandemic, 2K Announces
Mafia: Definitive Edition is yet another victim of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, as the upcoming remake of the 2002 classic has lost its August 28 release date and will now make its debut on September 25.
According to pubisher 2K, Mafia: Definitive Edition is a passion project, as many members of the team at developer Hangar 13 helped create the beloved original. "All of us are committed to crafting an updated experience worthy of that timeless classic. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we make Mafia: Definitive Edition the very best it can be for all of our fans worldwide," 2K said.
Although Mafia: Definitive Edition will no longer hit stores next month, 2K will showcase the long-awaited video game's colourful world and core gameplay mechanics two weeks from now, on the 22nd of July.
2K has also revealed the name of the actor who will portray the game's main protagonist — Tommy Angelo — in Mafia: Definitive Edition: Andrew Bongiorno. The Live by Night actor will not only voice the gangster (in the English-language version), but also lend his likeness to the hero (originally played by Michael Sorvino).
"When we were casting for Tommy, we [...] wanted somebody that we felt people would be able to relate to," Producer Nicole Sandoval explained. "They had to be able to have the two different sides of Tommy, one of which is a family man who loves his wife and his child, and the other side of Tommy, a mobster who becomes our hero. They need to have that edge of being a hero, that person that you want to be—you want to play him, you want to see him succeed—and you can also relate to him from a family side. We needed somebody who was able to bring those two sides of Tommy together."
In related news, Mafia III composer Jesse Harlin has announced that he's responsible for the new remake's soundtrack. Quite interestingly, his OST will reportedly be three times longer than the fan-favourite original.
Join us Wednesday, July 22 for the extended gameplay reveal of Mafia: Definitive Edition with insights from @Hangar13Games President Haden Blackman.— Mafia: Trilogy (@mafiagame) July 7, 2020
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Re-made from the ground up, rise through the ranks of the Mafia during the Prohibition era of organized crime. After a run-in with the mob, cab driver Tommy Angelo is thrust into a deadly underworld. Initially uneasy about falling in with the Salieri crime family, Tommy soon finds that the rewards are too big to ignore.
Mafia: Definitive Edition is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC (via Steam and EGS) on September 25.