Mafia II moving in on retail turf August 24

2K Czech's organized crime action game will see players go from rags to ill-gotten riches on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC.

The original Mafia has gone seven years without having seen a sequel hit shelves, but it won't go eight. Take-Two Interactive today announced that Mafia II will arrive in North American stores on August 24 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. The original Mafia was released by future Take-Two acquisition The Gathering on August 28, 2002.

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Set in the '40s and '50s, Mafia II follows would-be wise guy Vito, a first-generation Italian-American trying to escape a life of poverty. Desperate for something better, Vito joins his paisano Joe in la famiglia with the hopes of rising through the ranks and becoming a made man. Take-Two is touting the game's attention to period detail, going so far as to strike a deal with Playboy to include era-appropriate magazines in the game.

Mafia II is just one part of what's shaping up to be a very busy quarter for Take-Two. Between August and October, the publisher has also scheduled launches for Civilization V, Max Payne 3, and L.A. Noire. Not all of those titles are guaranteed to hit that soon, however. The publisher told investors earlier this month that its financial projections allow for one of those games to slip beyond October.

For more on Mafia II, including a look at its driving and cover-based shooting mechanics, check out GameSpot's latest preview.

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KoRniTo
KoRniTo

First semester Red Dead Redemption. Second semester this. That's all I need this year. Epic games.

govno1998
govno1998

Can someone tell me just one thing.Did the put they trolleys,street cars,tramways or whatever you call it in mafia 2 cause I didn t see them in any of the gameplays or rewiews and it would be a shame not to have them in the game.They were not removed till the 60's or 70's.

ringworm420
ringworm420

I played Mafia and it was amazing as everyone agrees, but I hope the sequel has more depth and rpg elements rather than a straight-shooter with crazy action sequences.

peewizzle
peewizzle

mafia 1 on pc was an instant classic, ahead of its time. too bad the port over to ps2 lost of its graphical flare and gameplay in my opinion. if this sequel follows suit then theres no doubt it will be a hit even on the consoles since the computing power is there now

lavet
lavet

I've played the Original MAFIA PC game, 2 or maybe 3 hundred times. I must be one of the oldest players that are still out here playing this Antique and Blargsman is completely correct when he states that "MAFIA", IS, a total classic! I can still find new ways to fight the Bums & Thugs, Steal the cars, accomplish the missions, etc. With all the talented and creative young minds out there, Why hasn't anyone written any add-on programming for the fans of this fun and teriffic game? See ya all in August (I Hope the game turns out to be as good as the previews appear to be!)

Blargsman
Blargsman

If the first Mafia is anything to judge this sequel by - it'll be nothing short of amazing. Mafia was an underrated classic.

Filipino_Rambo
Filipino_Rambo

I've been waiting for this game for who knows how long and come August 24 I think i'll still be waiting.

bigpimppapa
bigpimppapa

This guy is boring i will wait till see more when it comes to pass

oldart
oldart

Can't say I'm not a tad apprehensive, I mean Denby Grace is a great story teller and I really love that interview but it starts to get old after you've seen it a few hundred times . . . Now see here you rats, me and machine gun annie get one of the first copies. see, Yea, and another thing we ever see any of you thugs around our turf you aint going to live to regret it see! Yea.

MafiaBroad82
MafiaBroad82

@tevic: agreed, when I first read about LA Noire in Game Informer and saw the last quarter 2010 release date I thought no way, this is my first time hearing of or about this game and the release date is only a few months away??? plzzz, not take 2. I would say summer 2011 is more like it. Same thing happened with Mafia 2 and Max Payne 3.

ducati101
ducati101

@TheGreyArea What are you talking about? It's coming out on PC at the same time too :) The PC version looks incredible.

tevic
tevic

@ MafiaBroad82: Here is my bet: Mafia 2 end of August, LA Noire delayed to 2011, and the yet unannounced GTA Vice City 2 in november.

MafiaBroad82
MafiaBroad82

Thank you!! This game has been delayed long enough! And With Take-2's track record I highly doubt that LA Noire will be released this year, maybe MP3 , but that's iffy also

Toro1ST
Toro1ST

It looks fantastic, can't wait to play it.

zaphodbblbrox
zaphodbblbrox

Might have to give the old Mafia a new playthrough. Looks cool!

TheGreyArea
TheGreyArea

@BloodMist, Doh! well that brings my purchase a lot closer to day-one then

BloodMist
BloodMist

@TheGreyArea Click on the game link up above.What platform does the link go to??Good lord.

BloodMist
BloodMist

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TheGreyArea
TheGreyArea

this looks beautiful. very stylish. GUTTED this isn't getting a PC release, so will definitely pick-up my xbox copy

Excedra
Excedra

this is great! an official release date! FINALLY IVE BEEN WAITING SO LONG.

Marky360
Marky360

@aks_kaikini It most likely will have a stupid DRM u should get a console because game development companies are killing the PC market with this DRM crap.

Marky360
Marky360

I hope that one game that could possibly be held back is civ V because I could couldn't care less about that game but all there other titles coming out look to be pretty good.

mww1982
mww1982

Gotta get this looks great.

RiskTaker
RiskTaker

I got the cash put aside for you baby!

sukraj
sukraj

This is awesome news.

True_Chaos_UK
True_Chaos_UK

Cant wait to make people sleeep with da fishies

DFen
DFen

IM BUYING !!!! IM BUYING !!! IM BUYING !!!!

Rekunta
Rekunta

Good to finally see a date of release. Really looking forward to this one.

InExcelsis
InExcelsis

Finally cant wait for this game to come out

octotoke
octotoke

getting everything right so far

TheProphetD
TheProphetD

Gamer_4_Fun I'm with you! Original Mafia is my 1# favorite game, can't wait for Mafia 2, this is great news!

Gamer_4_Fun
Gamer_4_Fun

oh man, this is going to be huge. Mafia I on the PC is still my fav game of all time.

Garuda414
Garuda414

Gonna be so good. The first one was so fun.

green_dominator
green_dominator

I can't wait for Mafia II, La Nior looks interesting too..... I also welcome back Max Payne but I'm wondering if it will be any good, I loved Max Payne 2 so I'm hoping the third game will live up to the hype.......

BloodMist
BloodMist

Sooo cannot wait...gonna have to wait a long time, but i can't, gah!Ahh...at least it's not 7 more years.Mafia 1 is one of the best action games ever, BTW.

aks_kaikini
aks_kaikini

guys guys guys, do you think this game will have the awful "stay online permanently" DRM?? i hope not. and i hope this game releases on all platforms on the same date. I dont own consoles so dont want to see it releasing like 5 months later on pc

pollob13
pollob13

looks like we are getting GOTY this year finally .. :D

shawn7324
shawn7324

I've had PC version preordered for a long time now. Thinking about also picking it up for Xbox 360 too.

Hellcat-
Hellcat-

forgot to ask, is there multiplayer?

Blackt00thGr1n
Blackt00thGr1n

I just hope they hurry this up and get it out. It's been long enough.. they've had time..

negativeions
negativeions

Will blow GTA4 out of the water as far as graphics 100%. Also it will have a lot less bugs. R* games are flaky.