When Mafia 3 launched back in October, it was met with a relatively mixed reception from critics. The general consensus seemed to be that the game wasn’t bad – but it was very broken in places.
Now Take-Two – the publisher behind Mafia 3 – has come out to discuss the less than stellar review scores for developer Hangar 13’s open world crime game.
Company CEO Strauss Zelnick explained during an earnings call:
In terms of the reviews and scores, it was sort of an odd anomaly. The scores were lower than we would have liked. But there are a lot of stellar reviews. I think the most prominent reviewers really loved it and recognized that what we’re doing here, from the story, art, character, and excitement perspective is really unmatched in the marketplace. So I think we and our competitors are seeing some anomalies in the review system, but we take them as they are and we don’t argue with it.
Despite the middling critical reception, Zelnick pointed out that Mafia 3 is selling very well indeed. He noted that it actually shipped 4.5 million copies in its first week – a new record for the publisher.
Also during the call, Zelnick was asked about the possibility of more remasters, following the success of the recent BioShock collection.
Potentially yes. Any time we have something that goes well or doesn’t go well it definitely informs our decision making, but we don’t have anything specific to announce… The good news is we have a rich trove of intellectual property and there are definitely more things that will be brought to the market in the future, but nothing that we would announce on today’s call.
Zelnick’s teases of further remasters echo what the company said a few months back. Most notably that they wouldn’t rule out remaking the PS2 GTA games.
Please make that happen. Please.
Ewan Moore is a journalist at UNILAD Gaming who still quite hasn’t gotten out of his mid 00’s emo phase. After graduating from the University of Portsmouth in 2015 with a BA in Journalism & Media Studies (thanks for asking), he went on to do some freelance words for various places, including Kotaku, Den of Geek, and TheSixthAxis, before landing a full time gig at UNILAD in 2016.