2K Games have just announced that their plan to release Mafia: Definitive Edition in August will not be implemented. Instead, they postpone publication for a month until September. The new release date is September 25th. Later on July 22nd, they will show gameplay footage of this extensive remake. This should complete the publication of the Mafia trilogy, since the “Definitive Editions” of the second and third games have already been released.
Why this delay occurs was her explanation:
“Although we originally planned to release the game a month earlier on August 28, the ongoing global pandemic of COVID 19 has made it increasingly difficult to get everything ready in time for this launch date. The last thing we want to do is compromise the quality of the experience. “
It is not difficult to wonder whether this delay may involve more than just struggling with the challenges associated with relocating from home.
“The last thing we want to do is compromise the quality of the experience,” is a particularly eyebrow-streaking line when we know that 2K did just that with the other latest versions of the Mafia.
When they announced the Mafia trilogy as a combination of a remake of the first, a remaster of the second, and a republication of the third, it seemed like an unusual strategy. I can’t think of other examples of a publisher that has published this type of publication. We usually see collections consisting of a series of remakes, a series of remasters, or a series of new releases, while with Mafia Trilogy we get one each.
Unfortunately, they actually affected the quality of the experience, as both the Mafia 2 Remaster and the Mafia 3 were again delivered with extensive bugs and glitches, with both the second and third games listed in the Steam user reviews.
It is difficult to ignore this delay in the remake of the first game in connection with these technical shortcomings of the trilogy. Has this remake been delayed to iron out bugs and glitches? Perhaps it has, and perhaps the goal is to ensure that this does not suffer the same fate as the other two games in the trilogy. 2K has released patches for Mafia 2: Definitive Edition and Mafia 3: Definitive Edition, but they are far from being completely smoothed out.
Or maybe that reads too much into it and the delay is exactly what your statement says. We definitely hope that 2K will work on further updates for Mafia II: Definitive Edition and Mafia III: Definitive Edition. This is a really interesting set of games, and unfortunately the botched handling of this trilogy has somewhat tarnished its identity so far. It would have been great to have a technically sound collection of all three games available to modern players.
In the meantime, there is this short clip of footage from Mafia: Definitive Edition, though we would hardly expect this promotional clip to show errors if they exist.
Visit us on Wednesday, July 22nd, for the enhanced gameplay unveiling of Mafia: Definitive Edition with insights from @ Hangar13Games President Haden Blackman.
Further information: https://t.co/gWg5gZpSDn pic.twitter.com/aaRbIuYyUy
– Mafia: trilogy (@mafiagame) July 7, 2020
Fingers crossed, it turns out well. We can certainly see from this footage that this is actually a remake that matches the tone, attitude, and mood of the original game, but it no longer looks like a 2002 game.
We’ll keep you updated on the history of the problematic publication of the Mafia trilogy.