2K Games has announced a delay to the upcoming Mafia: Definitive Edition remaster, shifting its release date by almost a month. Rather than the previously announced August 28, the game will now come on September 25.
Developer Hangar 13 also announced that it will show off an extended gameplay session on July 22, to help whet your whistle while you wait the extra month.
The statement from 2K and Hangar 13 cites the ongoing coronavirus, though it doesn’t specify if the pandemic has impacted development due to remote work, distribution, or both. It does say that “finalizing everything in time for [the August] launch date has become increasingly challenging due to the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic, and the last thing we want to do is compromise the quality of the experience.”
It also goes on to thank fans for their patience and for supporting the series with the already-released Definitive Editions of Mafia 2 and Mafia 3. Those two were surprise-released when the remastered Mafia: Trilogy was announced, and either purchasing the trilogy or owning them on supported platforms granted you the upgraded versions instantly. Pre-ordering either the Mafia: Definitive Edition or Trilogy will get you a “Chicago Outfit” pack for the first game.
Mafia received generally positive reviews upon its original release in 2002, and the Definitive Edition looks to be a pretty significant visual upgrade.
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