With The Godfather out here setting the precedent, clearly, once you've got a trio of mob stories there's practically an obligation to package them together as a trilogy. That's what's happening with 2K's Mafia franchise. Next week, we'll learn more about the newly announced Mafia: Trilogy re-release.
Today, 2K Games and developer Hangar 13 released a short teaser for the trilogy collection, promising a more substantial announcement on Tuesday, May 19 scheduled for 9 a.m. PT / 12 p.m. ET on the official Mafia series website. From the 30-second teaser, it seems we're due for a collection that will bring 2K Czech's (now part of Hangar 13) first two Mafia titles closer to the graphical standards of 2016's Mafia 3.
With the third game in the series, Hangar 13 shifted focus to Lincoln Clay, a black Vietnam War veteran who sets out to dismantle a rival Italian crime family that decimated the Black Mafia. It'll certainly be interesting to see Clay's story packaged side-by-side with the more mainstream-influenced depictions of organized crime in Mafia and Mafia 2, especially if this trilogy collection entails the addition of any more connective material between the three games.
Rumblings of a new announcement for the Mafia series started last weekend, when the official Mafia Twitter account posted its first message in close to two years. The initial tweet was followed by two more in the lead-up to this teaser's release-together, they read "Family," "Power," and "Respect." Three things for a trilogy, not four for a fourth game, it seems. Then again, Hangar 13 has four different offices, so it's possible that Mafia: Trilogy isn't the only project the studio is working on.
2K is on something of a re-release kick of late. Later this month, the publisher will bring collections for BioShock, XCOM 2, and Borderlands to the Nintendo Switch. There's no Nintendo release planned for Mafia: Trilogy, but it is coming to the PS4, Xbox One, and PC via both Steam and the Epic Games Store.