Mafia III hitting PS4, Xbox 720 - Report

2K Czech gangster sequel reportedly originally intended to be next-gen launch title, but that has become "unlikely" due to need for additional staff.

Mafia III is currently in development at 2K Czech for the PlayStation 4 and next Xbox, according to a Eurogamer Czech report (translated by the author and posted to Eurogamer's English outlet).

There's likely to be lots of punching in Mafia III.

According to the report, Mafia III was originally planned as a next-gen launch title, but this has become "unlikely," as 2K Czech is currently in the process of staffing up following the loss of 40 developers last year.

A 2K representative told GameSpot, "It is 2K's policy not to comment on rumours and speculation."

There are currently 13 open positions at 2K Czech, which include calls for artists, programmers, and various designers. According to the job listings, people chosen for these positions will work on the developer's "next AAA title."

2K Czech's most recent release was tennis simulator Top Spin 4, which launched in March 2011.

A report from earlier this year suggested that 2K Czech was assisting Rockstar North with development on Grand Theft Auto V. A Rockstar representative denied this claim, plainly stating that the two studios are not collaborating on anything.

The analyst consensus is that the next Xbox (recently confirmed by Microsoft) and the PS4 will be on store shelves for holiday 2013. As for their capabilities, GameStop CEO Paul Raines said last month that these consoles will provide "unbelievable new capabilities for rendering, speeds, et cetera."

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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