Publisher 2K Games has shared an awesome E3 trailer for Mafia 3, and it’s looking like developer Hangar 13 aren’t fucking around when it comes to tackling the heavy issues.
Set in the open world of 1968 New Bordeaux, we’ll play as Lincoln Clay, an African American Vietnam veteran. In short, the Italian mob has screwed up Clay’s life, and so war ensues.
Given the setting and Clay’s ethnicity, Hangar 13 don’t seem to have shied away from the problems that Clay would have faced during that time – The trailer (below) shows a brief glimpse of Confederate flags and the KKK.
Mafia 3 obviously wasn’t gonna be a parade of rainbows and hugs to begin with, but this two minute trailer packs in everything from torture and racial prejudice, to strippers, cage fighting, and car chases. I can only imagine what the final game is gonna be like…
Mafia 3 is the first open world game in the franchise, but is still looking to tell a gripping and engaging story. Hangar 13 creative director Haden Blackman told GameSpot back in April that it’s their aim to make the player a “co-author” in the experience.
I wanted to build games that really tried to push the notion that the players [are] co-author in the experience. We have that tag line for Hangar 13, that every player’s story is unique. That’s definitely something we want to try and push for everything that we do.
Still, while the trailer above is undeniably fantastic, it seems to be a little light on actual gameplay footage.
Thankfully, IGN has had a decent chunk of time with the game, and they’ve shared over 20 minutes of Mafia 3 footage on their YouTube page, which you can watch below.
As you’d imagine, there’s a ton of driving, shooting, and setting things on fire – all to an outstanding soundtrack, I might add.
Mafia 3 comes to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on October 7 this year.
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.