Mafia 4 To Be Set Between 1890-1920, Following Salieri In Sicily

Mafia continues: The much requested and highly anticipated sequel to Mafia 3 is apparently in development.
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Look, back in the day, Mafia was the game. Every cool kid in the schoolyard was playing it, and everybody who wasn't playing it... wasn't cool. Simple. There was even a time when Mafia was cooler than GTA because it was "real mafia stuff, son" - as if we had any clue as kids, but hey... it felt grittier.

Fast-forward, and I still don't know anything about the real-life mafia, but I can tell you that, yes, the Mafia games are generally more mature than GTA. So, it is no surprise that a lot of people are starved for a new Mafia game, considering the last one was Mafia 3 released in 2017, and wasn't exactly what we were hoping it would be. Sure, the Mafia Definitive Edition from 2020 was lit, but still... we need fresh blood.

Mafia 4 Is in Development

Good thing, then, that Kotaku just reported Mafia 4 is in very early development. That's music to our ears because not too long ago, word was that Mafia 4 wouldn't happen at all. What a difference a couple of months can make...

The codename for Mafia 4 is Nero, and it is said that the new Mafia game will run on Unreal Engine 5. Also, the game's story will make a lot of fans happy, because it's taking us back to the roots: Mafia 4 will be a prequel, that centers on the rise of the Salieri family.

Salieri is, of course, the name and head of the family in which you start your criminal life in the original Mafia and new leaks suggest that it is you will play in his early criminal life.

The Salieri was born in Italy though, and according to XboxEra co-founder Nick Baker in a recent episode of the XboxEra podcast, that means Mafia 4 will be set in Sicily over the years 1890 to 1920.

Such a setting instantly conjures up images of The Godfather trilogy, where, like Mafia is doing now, had elements of a prequel following the rise of Don Corleone, first in Italy, then in America.

Could we see such a transatlantic trip in Mafia 4? You wouldn't bet against it.