Yet another sign has arrived to nail down the fact that a potential Mafia 4 announcement should be taking place sometime next year at the earliest.
According to a posting on LinkedIn from a couple of days back, Hangar 13 has started searching for a narrative director “to create best-in-class stories, characters, and content” for a current project. While the listing refrains from mentioning Mafia 4 by name, it does ask the candidate to be able to meet “the overwhelmingly positive response to the narrative of Mafia 3” for Hangar 13.
The narrative director that Hangar 13 is looking for must also have experience with “complex narratives, player-driven dialogue choices, and interwoven side-plots”. In addition, the candidate must work with “ongoing seasonal content” that will be added post-release for what’s undoubtedly Mafia 4 at this point.
In the past several months, numerous sightings and reports have surfaced online to state that Mafia 4 is in the works. Take-Two Interactive, the parent company of 2K Games, registered several trademarks in relation to the franchise back in August. One of them was highly speculated to be for Mafia 4 while the other was surely for a remastered Mafia 2 — another rumor that has been floating about.
More recently, an anonymous user claiming to have an insider at Hangar 13 leaked details about heavy customizations. Vehicles have been “massively overhauled” in Mafia 4 to resemble the ones from Grand Theft Auto and Forza, suggesting that players will be able to do plenty of performance upgrades and facelifts. The upcoming fourth installment will allow players to own businesses as they move up the ladder to build a criminal empire. These businesses can be customized and themed in a number of ways. In addition, players will need to recruit staffers to run these business.
Elsewhere, another recently surfaced rumor claimed that Mafia 4 takes place in Las Vegas and will have a strong narrative element. Your reputation will play a big factor in the open-world, featuring special interactions based on what kind of behavior you have towards the city.
Hangar 13 went underground soon after Mafia 3 was released in 2016. Its debut title was marred for repetitive gameplay and a slew of technical issues. Hangar 13 was then hit with massive layoffs, around a year before reports started surfacing that the developer had started work on a new project. That new project is supposed to be Mafia 4 for what looks to be next-generation platforms.