[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The first story and gameplay details have been revealed for Mafia III thanks to a press release from 2K and Hangar13.
According to the press release, Mafia III will follow the story of, “Lincoln Clay, a disenfranchised Vietnam veteran, returning from combat and looking for a home and a place to belong. Orphaned as a child, Lincoln at last achieves a semblance of family with the city’s black mob, finding the surrogate father and brother he has longed for. But when Lincoln’s new family is betrayed and slaughtered by the Italian mob, he becomes fixated on revenge and wages a brutal war against the Italians, disrupting the balance of power in the seedy underworld of New Orleans. As the story progresses, Lincoln allies himself with other criminals and builds an empire and a new family of his own that transforms the city.”
As previously rumored, the game will be set in New Orleans during the late 1960s. Set in an open world environment, New Orleans is, “bustling with activity, complete with era-inspired cars, fashion and music. During this turbulent time, a cloud of corruption hangs in the air and the city has become a haven for organized crime. The Italian mob controls illegal gambling, drugs, and prostitution, while corrupt police and politicians line their pockets with the proceeds.”
One of the more interesting details to come out of the press release, however, is the fact that players will be able to build their own crime empire within the game. You’ll also be able to decide what kind of empire you run by the choices you make in the game. You can go in guns blazing or, you can try to do things with a bit more brains involved.
The game will be available on the PS4, Xbox One and PC in 2016. A more specific date has not been announced yet, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see the game near the Summer months of 2016.
Below you can check out the first gameplay footage for the game thanks to a preview video from Gamespot. We also have the first screenshots available for you to check out as well right below the trailer.
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