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Mafia is a franchise near and dear to my heart. They were influenced by The Godfather, which I consider to be one of the best films ever made. So the trilogy we now have is one of my recommended titles, and it’s been a while since this was released. The remake of Mafia was initially delayed, and the remaster of the second game had issues for some. Hangar 13 could be bringing us Mafia 4 after making their debut with the third game and following it up with the remake.

Mafia 3 was not well received by franchise fans when it first came out. Following that, we saw the release of Mafia 2 Remastered and the original Mafia remade for current-generation consoles. They appear to want to return to the series with Mafia 4. This will also serve as a prequel. Given that the original trilogy begins in the 1930s, could we be seeing an early Capone era entry? It’s possible that this could also all change. Since the developer is having major personnel changes.

A Time Of Change At Hangar 13

This came from Kotaku which reported the fourth entry is in early development amid all this change.  The head of Hangar 13, Haden Blackman is seemingly moving on.  The replacement is said to be Nick Baynes the studio head of their Brighton studio. VentureBeat got this from an internal email.

What Was Said

Hello team,

It’s with mixed emotions that I share with you several leadership updates from Hangar 13.

Haden Blackman is stepping down as Studio Head of Hangar 13, and is leaving the company to pursue his passion at a new endeavor. We are grateful for Haden’s leadership in establishing Hangar 13, building and uniting teams in Novato, Brighton and Czech, and releasing multiple studio-defining Mafia games and collections. What Haden helped build will continue to carry forward and grow for years to come. We support all of our employees pursuing their passions, and we wish nothing but the best for him in what’s next.

Nick Baynes, Studio Head of Hangar 13 Brighton will take over as Studio Head of Hangar 13. With 30 years of industry leadership experience, Nick joined Hangar 13 in 2018 to establish Hangar 13 Brighton, and has spent the last four years growing the team, building up the studio’s capabilities, and launching terrific projects like Mafia: Definitive Edition and the Mafia Trilogy.

I hope you’ll join me in thanking Haden and wishing him the best, and congratulating Nick on a well-deserved promotion. While change can be challenging, it can also breed new opportunities and success.

We are confident the studio is in great hands heading into the multiple projects currently under way, and the team has 2K’s full support.

The Potential For A Mafia 4

According to Kotaku, the game is still in its early stages. They also claim it comes from a source that is familiar with the plans. The game engine is another thing that is changing. Mafia 3 made use of the Illusion Engine, which was updated for the Mafia remake. Unreal Engine 5 will be used to create this new game. We’ve seen it in action with The Matrix: Awakens, for example, and it’s quite impressive. Will you be returning to the Mafia series if this rumor turns out to be true?

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