Take-Two subsidiary 2K Games announced that Illusion Softworks, the developer of 2002's mobster-driven action title Mafia
, is currently working on a sequel for the PC, as well as for unspecified next-generation console platforms.
The game, which will be published by 2K Games, will again be set within the gangster genre of the 1940’s-early 1950’s, and will feature gameplay “packed with both behind-the-wheel and on-foot action...fusing high octane gunplay with white knuckle driving and an engaging narrative,” according to the publisher.
While the original Mafia
was critically praised by the gaming media when it was originally released, the game's arrival on both the Xbox and PlayStation 2 nearly two years later was not met with a similarly favorable response. However, 2K officials call this upcoming title “the sequel fans have been clamoring for.”
“As the original Mafia
was a big success, we are excited to leverage the power of next generation console technology to create an all-new experience, while embracing the elements that resonated with the previous game’s fans,” said Christoph Hartmann, President of 2K. “The ‘wow’ factor of Mafia 2
is definitely the benchmark-setting visual quality and action that you expect to see only in Hollywood movies.”