Mafia 2 Remaster Launching Today, With a Full Remake of the Original Coming in August

Mafia 2 Remaster Launching Today, With a Full Remake of the Original Coming in August

The crime trilogy gets a remake, a remaster, and a re-release.

The Mafia Trilogy is getting one unified, definitive release to celebrate the organized crime drama series. Each Mafia game is getting a Definitive Edition, with two available today and a major remake of Mafia 1 on the way this summer, all as part of the Mafia Trilogy collection.

After last week's tease, 2K and Hangar 13 have confirmed how the Mafia Trilogy will return. Available as either standalone games or purchasable in one bundle as the Mafia Trilogy, all three Mafia games are getting new versions that repackage the games to varying degrees. Mafia 1 is getting a remake, 2 a remaster, and Mafia 3 is billed as a "re-introduction."

Mafia 3 is the most recent, and so its Definitive Edition seems like mostly a roundup of all the DLC, as well as some tie-in content for the other two Mafia games. Mafia 2: Definitive Edition, also live today, is an HD remaster of the second Mafia game with 4K graphics. It also rounds up previous DLC and has tie-ins too, and owners of either Mafia 2 on Steam or Mafia 3 on PS4, Xbox One, or Steam get a free upgrade to the Definitive Edition today.

The big centerpiece is the Mafia 1 remake, however. Screenshots of this absolutely stunning remake leaked last week, and today, we got a little more confirmation of what it would entail, as well as a release date of August 28, 2020.

Mafia: Definitive Edition is "re-made from the ground up," according to a press release, with a new engine, expanded story, and more modern gameplay features, as well as a re-recorded orchestral score. Using the same engine that Mafia 3 was built on, it sounds like the mob classic is getting a major overhaul to bring it in line with the sequels.

Mafia Trilogy is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam. Those who buy the Trilogy will have access to both 2 and 3's Definitive Editions starting today, and the remake of the first once it goes live on August 28. 2K also says that owners of either 2 or 3 will receive "special discounted upgrade offers" to round out the Trilogy collection. The Trilogy will also come to the Epic Games Store, as well as Mafia 2 and 3 Definitive Edition to Stadia, though the impact of COVID-19 has affected the release timing and those dates are to be determined.

This article has been corrected to clarify details about the Mafia Trilogy's release schedule.

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