Hangar 13 is rebuilding the classic 2002 Mafia game to bring it to the standard of modern gaming. We now have a 14-minute video (featured below) that delivers a look at what new additions have arrived, how the studio is preserving the nostalgia for fans, and a deep-dive into the gameplay of Mafia: Definitive Edition.
Lost Heaven, IL, the city that players of the original will remember, except for a few changes. While you will still see the same landmarks from 2002, some areas were altered to liven up the city. The studio is aiming to make it feel more alive due to advances in technology.
The biggest highlight to show off the gameplay was a mission later in the game called “A Trip to the Country.” The protagonist, Tommy, and some of his crew go off to the countryside. They could make some good money if they can obtain a truck full of bootleg whiskey. Within this segment, it shows off the combat, which is similar to Mafia 3, with the exception that Tommy is not a veteran like Lincoln, so his aim is not as sharp. It also offers a taste of the car chases.
Along with the mission and some other clips, driving is shown. More cars are included in the remake, along with the inclusion of motorcycles. Like the previous games, each vehicle has different stats to make each period-accurate car and bike to feel unique.
From the look at “A Trip to the Country” and other glimpses at other missions, Hangar 13 is trying to keep every story beat as true to the original as possible, with some slight changes across the 20 missions that make up this crime-driven narrative. Changes to characters or storytelling were not detailed. That said, we got to see side by side comparisons to 2002 and 2020, and it looks intact.