Earlier today, 2K Games revealed the Mafia: Trilogy which will include a full remake of the first Mafia title and an updated version of Mafia II, packaged alongside Mafia III. 2K Games said more information would be released next week but store listings have already appeared for the games giving us screenshots and release dates, scuppering some plans of 2K Games I imagine. The first two Mafia games are titled Mafia: Definitive Edition and Mafia II: Definitive Edition.
According to listings on the Microsoft store Mafia: Definitive Edition will be released on August 28th, 2020. Furthermore, it seems Mafia II: Definitive Edition will be released before this, and it could be coming as soon as next week, on May 19th, in fact. That is the day 2K Games stated it would be releasing more information about the Mafia: Trilogy set.
In addition, there are screenshots of both games and you can check them out below.
The original Mafia was released in 2002 and followed the story of Thomas Angelo during the 1930s. Mafia II was released in 2010 and followed the story of Vito Scaletta during the 1940s and 50s. Then Mafia III was released in 2016 following the story of Lincoln Clay during the late 1960s. The events of each game bleed into the other detailing an overarching plot of Mafia families going to war and deals being made.
Mafia II came in for some criticism about its rather empty world. In the review, Peter wrote:
Mafia II is a waste of a tried and tested concept in storytelling which fails to hit many of the right notes with the narrative. The gameplay has moments of pleasure but they are far too rare among the tedious drudgery of repeatedly completing mundane tasks without much of a pay off, either within the game world or without. Everything about Mafia II is average. From the tepid driving controls and the standard cover mechanism to the staid narrative which could still have been enjoyable, had they put a little more thought into it. This game is not terrible but it is some way from being good.
Mafia III was not without issue either but was decent overall. In the review I wrote:
Mafia III is a game with a great plot, great characters, and great setting, but it’s hamstrung by the repetitive nature of its mission structure. Having to go through the same tasks in each territory means a sense of fatigue enters quickly, and there isn’t much in the way of distractions within New Bordeaux to break things up. The pieces of a great game are all here, but they just don’t quite fit together.