A week before this year's BlizzCon, the German game ratings board stole Blizzard's thunder by prematurely leaking the name of the next World of Warcraft expansion by way of a product listing. Last week, the body committed the same foul when it rated a promotional trailer for the follow-up to Illusion Softworks' mob-action game Mafia. The news came shortly after the Czech-based developer announced it had begun work on a new, top-secret IP for Japan-based D3Publisher.
Today, Take-Two Interactive confirmed that Illusion is indeed developing Mafia 2, which will be published under the 2K Games label. While details remain slim, Take-Two said that the game will feature open-world gameplay similar to its predecessor. Players will attempt to earn their keep in the company of a late 1940s-early 1950s crime syndicate, much like Electronic Arts' recent game adaptation of The Godfather.
Mafia 2 is being developed for "next-generation consoles" and the PC. No release or ratings information is yet available.