Games portraying fantastic versions of bygone eras have existed for as long as we can remember. But many of the upcoming games of 2016 intend to 0ffer a homage to a closer, more realistic past. So while Battlefield 1 will throw players back into the world of WWI, Mafia III will hurl us into a recreated version of the 1968 New Orleans.
To match the mood of New Orleans in the 60s (the city is named New Bordeaux in the game), developers Hangar 13 and 2K have gone to all possible lengths, including compiling a stellar soundtrack comprising of over one hundred of the coolest tracks you may have heard. Gamers experienced with other titles in the Mafia series know that music plays a significant part in the narrative of the games. Director Haden Blackman told Rolling Stone in an exclusive interview: “From the outset we knew we had to have a kick-ass soundtrack. Our approach was very much that we have to make sure it’s an amazing soundtrack, because that will lead to an amazing game.” But he also added that the developers had not expected to get the rights to all the songs that they wanted, making the finished list a pleasant surprise for them too.
The upcoming game has at its centre Lincoln Clay, a Vietnam veteran who is on a mission to build the ultimate criminal organisation to take on the Italian mob to avenge his slain friends. The game belongs to the action-adventure genre and proceeds through a third-person perspective, where the events are mainly presented through flashbacks. The developers, therefore, wanted the appropriate kind of music to play throughout the game in a way so that they could support the story and its background both strategically as well as aesthetically.
So the songs to be featured in the game range from Creedence Clearwater Revival to The Rolling Stones as well as Aretha Franklin, Johnny Cash, Etta James and James Brown. Other artists on the game’s extensive song list include The Beach Boys, Otis Redding, Jefferson Airplane, Dusty Springfield and Elvis Prestley. Interestingly, the game features some licensed cover songs too, like the track “You Belong To Me” by The Duprees. For a full list of the tracks included in the game, check out Mafia III’s official website.
Mafia III launches worldwide on October 7 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. As for the OST, it will be available on iTunes, Amazon and Google Play. In addition, the Mafia III Collector’s Edition will feature select songs on an 180-gram vinyl.