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Mafia 3 Will Have "Ton" of Great Songs, Dev Says

2K's open-world crime game comes out this October.


Some of Mafia III's trailers have included famous songs from the '60s like "All Along the Watchtower" and "House of the Rising Sun." Those won't be the only popular songs featured in the game.

Speaking today during a panel at PAX East, the developers behind the open-world crime game said it will feature a "ton of great music" from the time period, though they did not name any of the songs outright.

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The developers also pointed out that music licensing is a tricky business, which is one reason why more licensed songs have not yet been announced. However, the developer is happy about the songs it's selected, even if it's not yet ready to talk about all of them.

In addition to the songs mentioned above, Mafia III's soundtrack will also include Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Fortune Son" and "Son of a Preacher Man" by Dusty Springfield. The Rolling Stones' "Paint It Black" will also be featured in the game.

Also during the panel, Mafia III creative director Haden Blackman talked about how developer Hangar 13 considered many different settings for the game, though he did not name any of these. It was important to the developer that the game's location had things that the mob could take hold of, including industry, tourism, and entertainment.

Hangar 13 ultimately settled on New Orleans (known as New Bordeaux in Mafia III), because it met the requirements listed above, and is also "sexy." It also feels different from Mafia II's Empire Bay, which is important, the developer said.

Additionally, Hangar 13 talked about Mafia III's driving sequences and cars. There will be many different cars to drive, including muscle cars, jeeps, and even military vehicles. Producer Andy Wilson said each car has its own unique abilities, while he also stressed you should not expect a full "sim" experience.

Also in the panel, Blackman talked about how players can choose how they want to play Mafia III; the design mantra is "every player's story is unique." As such, players can choose how they want to move through the world, taking either a guns-blazing approach or stalking, or something in between.

"There's no right way to play the game," he said.

Finally, Blackman teased that Mafia III will feature a series of choices that players can make that result in longer-term ramifications. Even choices between multiple positives can have consequences down the road.

Mafia III will be released for PS4, Xbox One, and PC on October 7.

In other recent news potentially relating to Mafia III, it's been suggested that Rockstar's rumored Red Dead Redemption 2 may in some way tie in to the game.

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