Mafia214: A New Game Inspired by Mafia II
Mafia214 is a new action-adventure game that is set in the year 2140, in a futuristic city called Neo-Empire Bay. The game is inspired by Mafia II, a classic game from 2010 that followed the life of a Sicilian-American mobster named Vito Scaletta. Mafia214 aims to recreate the atmosphere and gameplay of Mafia II, while adding new features and elements that suit the sci-fi setting.
Story and Characters
The protagonist of Mafia214 is Alex Scaletta, a descendant of Vito Scaletta, who is also a war veteran and a member of the Falcone Crime Family. Alex returns to Neo-Empire Bay after serving in a war against the Chinese Federation, only to find that his family is in debt and his old friend Joe Barbaro is missing. Alex decides to join the mob in order to pay off his father's debts and find out what happened to Joe. Along the way, he will encounter various factions, such as the Triads, the Cyborgs, the Rebels, and the Corleone Crime Family, as well as face the consequences of his actions.
The game features many characters from Mafia II, such as Leo Galante, Henry Tomasino, Eddie Scarpa, and Frankie Potts, as well as new characters that are related to them. For example, Alex's love interest is Lisa Galante, the granddaughter of Leo Galante, and his main rival is Tony Tomasino, the son of Henry Tomasino. The game also features cameo appearances from other characters from the Mafia series, such as Tommy Angelo, Lincoln Clay, and Thomas Burke.
Gameplay and Features
Mafia214 is an open-world game that allows the player to explore Neo-Empire Bay, a city that is divided into 12 districts, each with its own style and atmosphere. The city is full of neon lights, holograms, flying cars, robots, and cybernetics. The player can interact with various objects and NPCs, as well as engage in activities such as gambling, racing, hacking, shopping, and visiting clubs. The game also has a day-night cycle and a weather system that affect the gameplay and the mood of the city.
The game's combat system is similar to Mafia II's, but with some enhancements and additions. The player can use various weapons, such as pistols, shotguns, rifles, grenades, rocket launchers, and laser guns. The player can also use melee weapons, such as knives, bats, crowbars, and chainsaws. The game also introduces cybernetic enhancements that can give the player special abilities, such as enhanced strength, speed, vision, stealth, hacking, and healing. However, these enhancements also have drawbacks, such as overheating, malfunctioning, or being hacked by enemies.
The game's driving system is also similar to Mafia II's but with some differences. The player can drive various vehicles such as cars (both classic and futuristic), motorcycles (both regular and hover), trucks (both ground and flying), and tanks (both wheeled and tracked). The player can also customize their vehicles with different colors, decals, parts (such as engines), weapons (such as machine guns), and gadgets (such as cloaking devices). The game also has a realistic damage system that affects the performance and appearance of the vehicles.
Release Date and Platforms
Mafia214 is expected to be released in late 2023 for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, Windows PC, Nintendo Switch, and Google Stadia. The game is being developed by Hangar 13, the same studio that made Mafia III and Mafia: Definitive Edition, in collaboration with D3T, the studio that remastered Mafia II: Definitive Edition. The game is being published by 2K Games, the same publisher that published all the previous games in the Mafia series.