Mafia III will bring the crime family back together in 2016 for the Xbox One and PC

2K Games is reviving its Mafia series of open world action games with the announcement of Mafia III. The game, which centers on establishing an organized crime family, is coming out sometime in 2016 for the PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 platforms.

While the first two games in the series were developed by Illusion Softworks-2K Czech, Mafia III will be made the recently formed Hanger 13 studio. Mafia III will be set in New Orleans in 1968. Here's a look at the game's setting, storyline and features.

"This version of New Orleans is bustling with activity, complete with era-inspired cars, fashion and music. During this turbulent time, a cloud of corruption hangs in the air and the city has become a haven for organized crime. The Italian mob controls illegal gambling, drugs, and prostitution, while corrupt police and politicians line their pockets with the proceeds.""Mafia III follows the story of Lincoln Clay, a disenfranchised Vietnam veteran, returning from combat and looking for a home and a place to belong. Orphaned as a child, Lincoln at last achieves a semblance of family with the city's black mob, finding the surrogate father and brother he has longed for. But when Lincoln's new family is betrayed and slaughtered by the Italian mob, he becomes fixated on revenge and wages a brutal war against the Italians, disrupting the balance of power in the seedy underworld of New Orleans. As the story progresses, Lincoln allies himself with other criminals and builds an empire and a new family of his own that transforms the city."Throughout the riveting story of Mafia III, players choose their path to revenge and build their own crime empire using cunning, stalking and deception, or through overwhelming force and firepower. Mafia III combines the best of cinematic storytelling with a dynamic narrative structure that responds to player choices, set in a vibrant city that responds to Lincoln's actions."

Source: 2K Games

John Callaham