‘Mafia: Definitive Edition’ has been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic

“The last thing we want to do is compromise the quality of the experience”

The upcoming remake of Mafia has been delayed due to the challenges posed from the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

Mafia: Definitive Edition was initially set to launch on August 28, but has been pushed back to September 25 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. “Finalizing everything in time for that launch date has become increasingly challenging due to the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic, and the last thing we want to do is compromise the quality of the experience,” developer Hangar 13 and publisher 2K Games wrote in a statement.

“From the beginning, this has been a passion project for us. Many of our developers helped create the original Mafia, and all of us are committed to crafting an updated experience worthy of that timeless classic,” the companies added. “We appreciate your patience and understanding as we make Mafia: Definitive Edition the very best it can be for all of our fans worldwide.”

Check out the full statement below.

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In addition, the developers announced that an “extended look” at the revamped gameplay for Mafia: Definitive Edition will be revealed on July 22. Check out the gameplay teaser below.

Earlier this year, Hangar 13 also released definitive editions for Mafia II and Mafia III. Those featured visual enhancements and gameplay improvements, but unlike Mafia: Definitive Edition, were not remakes but just remasters of the original games.

It was reported earlier this month that the remake won’t be a straight replica of the original. Game director Alex Cox revealed that “anything which we could add in to expand the game outside of the regular design [has been done]. We’ve done everything we can to embellish, enlarge, and enhance [the game]”.

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