Mafia III isn’t about what you think it might be about

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There’s a new Mafia game coming. Mafia III, from publisher 2K and developer Hangar 13, takes a turn away from the first two games and puts the player in the shoes of someone taking down the eponymous mob from the outside. Protagonist Lincoln Clay comes home to 1968 New Orleans after a tour in Vietnam and immediately gets embroiled in a fight against organized crime leader Sal Marcano. In the announcement trailer you can see all the stuff that TV and movies have told us made the 60’s a great time to take on the mafia. You’ve got muscle cars, rock music, war angst, bad clothes, and terrific hair. You may also notice that the main character is not Italian. Hangar 13 told Game Informer that they’re not shying away from the complications of that within the setting.

“The language is going to be the language of the time, but the player’s reactions to that are going to be the player’s reactions to that – we’re not going to be prescriptive on that. We’re not forcing Lincoln to do anything specific based on what’s going on in the time period. I would also add that while race is one of the things that’s part of Lincoln’s identity, it’s not the only thing that defines him. It’s an important thing, make no doubt about it, but he’s also defined by the fact that he’s an orphan, by the fact that he’s loyal, that he’s a Vietnam vet – and all of those relationships.”

Mafia III is scheduled to launch on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC in 2016.