Mafia 4 Release Date: Mafia 3, the third installment of the fan favorite gangster gaming series, came out in early October 2016. Since then, not a day has passed when fans have not had something to say about the game. Reviews have mostly been positive; critics and players alike have praised the game’s theme, storyline, and soundtrack, but the gameplay has invited a fair amount of criticism. Despite that, the recently released game’s beautifully sketched depiction of New Bordeaux and its vengeance-driven protagonist, Lincoln Clay have been close to enough to hook players. But as the story goes with any successful gaming series, the forums are already brimming with questions about the upcoming fourth installment in the series, named for the time being as Mafia 4.
Interestingly, a few sources already have a fair bit of things to say about Mafia 4, even though much of it is still shrouded in speculation. But judging by the shared public enthusiasm, it appears that a next entry will happen. After all, Hangar 13 came pretty close to achieving perfection in Mafia 3. It would be a waste if the developers did not take things a notch further by improving upon their ideas and launching something that fans will remember for a long time. Let us take a look at what we may expect from the possible next title in the Mafia series.
Mafia 4 Story and Plot Details
We are not going to lie; Mafia 3 has one hell of a story. The game is set in a fictional rendition of New Orleans and has at its center a Vietnam veteran named Lincoln Clay. After Clay returns to the city, he aims to hunt down the mob bosses responsible for the murder of his associates. For Mafia 4, we predict that some of the previous game’s characteristics will be retained, but at the same time, it might reinvent itself entirely in terms of its setting and characters.
Setting: Mafia 4 is more than likely to follow in the footsteps of the general style that the games in the Mafia series have been adhering to. As the earlier games have reproduced the decades between 1930 and 1970, we expect Mafia 4 to portray a similar kind of retro setting. In our opinion, the 1980s are an excellent time to explore socially and culturally, so we would like 2K to consider this classic era for their next venture. As for the location, it is more than likely that Mafia 4 will introduce us to a new locale based on another American city.
Characters: The games in the Mafia series have always churned out some great character sketches. With the recently released game, the creators have broken away from reigning stereotypes by making the protagonist a man of mixed race. The love for an Italian flavor still lingers throughout, and we are not complaining. But we think Mafia 4 will take the stride forward and bring more diversity by way of its characters, whether based on race, or even gender.
Mafia 4 Gameplay, Feature Rumors
Mafia 4 calls for some serious upgrades in the gameplay aspect. One of the biggest letdowns of Mafia 3 was its weak gameplay mechanics which felt jerky and unimaginative at several points. The fate of any game rests mainly on its gameplay, and despite Mafia 3’s vast open world, detailed story, and its incredible array of cars and weapons, it has been quite dissatisfying to play from the start. The creators of the series will surely rectify all of that, and as a result, Mafia 4 will be better than ever.
Weapons: Compared to Mafia 3, Mafia 4 will have a bunch of new upgrades in its weapons inventory and cars, though we admit that topping the weapons of Mafia 3 will be one challenge we’re looking forward to seeing 2K taking on. The previous game featured everything ranging from rocket launchers for some explosive fun to knives for melee combat. In Mafia 4, the makers may introduce things like crafting to assemble our own guns and cars.
Trading: Mafia 4 will retain the previous game’s trading practices that help the player opt for continuous upgrades to their cars and weapons. For this purpose, Mafia 4 might expand upon the previous game’s earning system. Players can make some serious cash by taking down each of the rackets sprinkled along the city. Some methods or skills used by the player will fetch them more money than others. Moreover, they will also be able to utilize the fallen antagonists to make them richer.
Narration: We liked the framed narrative type storytelling of Mafia 3, where one character is seen sitting in a trial and talking about all things related to Lincoln Clay. It gave the game a cinematic feel in between missions. Mafia 4 may retain this trope and incorporate it with some more flair. 2K is certainly capable of that.
Missions: Like the game before it, Mafia 4 will be an open-world title, and its missions will be open-ended, giving its players endless opportunities. Players may be able to opt for several approaches towards completing a mission, and each of their decisions will affect the final outcome. Players will be able to make decisions about whether to go and deal with a mission stealthily or if they want a big showdown. Character relationships could also play a big role in how you can conduct your businesses, so could managing your subordinates with tact.
Mafia 4 Game Official Trailer
With Mafia 3 released just last month, development for Mafia 4 is yet to commence as the developer is presently busy with launching post-release material for Mafia 3. This means that a trailer for Mafia 4 is still far from being a reality. However, we can assure our readers that we will update as soon as an official look at the game, be it a trailer or a poster, is launched.
Mafia 4 System Requirements
Mafia 4 is a long way from coming out right now, so we don’t really know what’s on the cards for the next entry. But it is possible that the new game will come with some system upgrades to ensure a smoother run. The specs listed below could work well for Mafia 4, but this section will get updates when the developers let something out of their bags.
|Minimum Requirements||Recommended Requirements|
|Operating System||Windows 7 64-Bit or above||Windows 7 64-Bit or above|
|Processor||Intel Core i5-3570K @ 3.4 GHz||Intel Core i7-4770 @ 3.4 GHz|
|Graphics||AMD Radeon HD 7870, OR, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660|
Radeon HD 7870
|AMD Radeon R9 290X, OR, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060|
|DirectX||DirectX 11||DirectX 12|
Mafia 4 Release Date
|Mafia 2||August 2010|
|Mafia 3||October 2016|
It’s a fact that Mafia 3 came out only recently and the developers will be kept busy in the near future addressing all the issues that the game came with. We think fans can look forward to quite a few Expansion Packs and DLCs over the next year for Mafia 3, so perhaps the developers will not be jumping into a new game right away. But a little look at the games’ history will show that 2K Games has never quite felt the need to hurry through their releases. Mafia, the first game in the series, came out in 2002, but work on Mafia 2 was not begun until 2004 with the game finally becoming available in 2010. Six years later, we got our hands on Mafia 3. But as we can see, the developers are certainly closing in on the gap between installments, giving us hope that perhaps the development of Mafia 4 will commence by late 2017. Also, we are certain that 2K and Hangar 13 will take all the criticism for Mafia 3 in stride and tweak all the elements to come up with a stellar installment. So taking all things into account, we will go out on a limb here and say that Mafia 4 may indeed be dropped by 2020. However, 2K Games is a pretty big name in gaming, and they are already associated with the possible development of some other titles thought to be in development (Borderlands 3, for instance). Considering that, Mafia 4 may be pushed back to a later date.
Mafia 4 Price
The price for new games has been soaring in the past few years. Mafia 3 was launched at the price of $59.99 for the PS4, Xbox One, and the PC. The price was significantly higher than both the earlier installments of the series, which were launched way back in 2010 (Mafia 2) and 2002 (Mafia). Considering that Mafia 4 will not see the light of the day before 2020, we guess that the game will be priced at around the $70 mark. But this is purely speculation, and we have to wait to find out about all the finer details about Mafia 4.
In conclusion, we hope that Mafia 4 will be a serious improvement upon the underworld action-adventure gaming scenario that we came across in Mafia 3. If all goes well, we should hear something about the upcoming game in the not too distant future.