Confirmed: Mafia 4 In Development – Everything We Know

Mafia continues with Mafia 4: The much requested and highly anticipated sequel to Mafia 3 is apparently in development.

Mafia 4 Everything We Know
Mafia 4 has been officially confirmed. | © 2K

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 definitely felt grittier.

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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.

Confirmed: Mafia 4 Is in Development

Good thing then that Kotaku reported about Mafia 4 being 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...

[Update: August 29]

It has now been officially confirmed that Mafia 4 is in development. This was revealed by Roman Hladik of Hanger 13 via a Q&A on the official Mafia website. He hasn't shared any more details on the game, except that it's still "a few years away".

Read on to see more details from the original report by Kotaku, which alleges to have revealed more details on Mafia 4.


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 who will experience his early criminal life.

The Salieris were 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, more specifically The Godfather 2. That one had elements of a prequel following the rise of Don Corleone, first in Italy, then in America. Mafia could be going down a similar route.

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