A couple of months ago, we reported on rumors that Mafia 3 would be making an appearance at E3 2015 in June with a gameplay trailer. The game is rumored to be in development for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. Unfortunately the announcement did not happen at the event as it was previously thought.
During a Q&A session on Twitter, Rick Pasqualone, voice actor for protagonist Vito Scaletta from Mafia:II, posted this very interesting tweet following the E3 2015 event.
I was hoping for Mafia news as well! Disappointing for sure. When I know something, so will you...
— Rick Pasqualone (@rickyp66) June 17, 2015
Pasqualone's response shows signs of disappointment, so perhaps the decision to delay the announcement for a future event like the upcoming Gamescom or Paris Week gaming festivals, could have been made at the last minute. Phil Spencer has already confirmed that Microsoft will be present at Gamescom in August, and they will have as many new game announcements and demos present as they did for E3. This is certainly exciting and promising, and it could be possible that 2K has reserved announcement of Mafia 3, for the hugely popular Gamescom show.
Sony will be absent from the Gamescom event in Cologne, Germany during the first week of August, opting instead to be present during Paris Week in late October.
Mafia 3 is said to have Joe as the lead along with Vito and will be set in Louisiana. The Louisiana setting will introduce three new characters, Franklin, Tony and Mickey.
Franklin is in his early 20s, and "knows how to get a job done at any cost". Tony is in his early 30s, and is apparently "a genius with numbers and statistics who runs sports betting operations". Finally, Mickey is in his late teens, who "likes to run his mouth" and acts as a street hustler. Sadly, he can't back his big talk up with much.
A casting call from 2K lists the three characters:
“Casting for ‘Untitled Video Game’ – Production Co: Take Two
ACTORS WILL BE USED FOR VO/MOTION CAPTURE/LIKENESS AND FACIAL SCAN.
Born in Louisiana, Mixed race – African American/Caucasian, Early 20s, 6′, Bouncer’s build – broad, not cut. An orphan in the racially segregated South who rises to criminal prominence after returning home to Louisiana from war. Having been an outsider to both white and black society, Franklin is fiercely loyal to those he considers “family.” He is both street-smart and strong. Disciplined and imposing, confident yet guarded, Franklin knows how to get a job done at any cost…
Born in Louisiana, Italian, Early 30s, Thin, Immaculately dressed and groomed. A genius with numbers and statistics who runs sports betting operations in Louisiana. Tony is not your typical gangster. Meticulous and organized, Tony is more concerned about numbers and profit than people. On the surface, Tony appears quiet and socially awkward, but in reality he is more than capable of inflicting violence on anyone who disrupts his bottom line. Tony doesn’t fear people; he simply does not understand or like them.
Born in Louisiana, Italian, Late Teens/Early 20s, Average build. A young street hustler who likes to run his mouth, Mickey likes to talk big on the streets, but when push comes to shove, he can’t back it up. Mickey has a bad habit of taking credit for bigger jobs and making himself seem higher up in the criminal ladder than he really is. When confronted with this, he reverts back to the scared teenager he really is.
Mafia 3 could be announced at Gamescom but at this point it is still a rumor
We will bring you any news on Mafia 3, as soon as it becomes available. Gamescom 2015 will be held between August 5-9 at Cologne, Germany. While there is definitely no guarantee that a Mafia 3 announcement will happen during the event, there are positive indications that it could. Still we should consider this just a rumor and nothing more at this point until further evidence presents itself.
The game is likely to be released on PC, PS4 and Xbox One sometime in 2016.