Back in 2018, Mafia developer Hangar 13 based a brand new studio in Brighton, UK. The studio was primarily tasked with creating an open-world recreation primarily based on a “key new IP franchise“. At the time, little else was known about the game, but current job listings for the studio, as spotted by Twitter user @MauroNL3, have dropped out a few more details.
Multiple job listings describe the game as a “cutting-edge AAA title”. Hangar 13’s VP of Development, Andy Wilson, had beforehand stated the sport can be “incredibly unique”, one thing that ” goes to attraction to a hell of lots of people”, and can “not necessarily be in the same genre [as Mafia III]”. A present job itemizing for a Senior Writer appears to trace in direction of a fantasy or sci-fi setting as an alternative:
You love tales. You love consuming them, you like creating them, and you like dissecting them. An appreciation for a number of genres (not simply fantasy and sci-fi) is most popular.
The trace is backed up by a leaked contract from the UK studio, which was initially posted on Reddit however later eliminated for authorized causes. This urged the third-person title is sci-fi themed with supernatural components, and is ready in an unlimited open world.
The title will even have an internet part with a collection of on-line options. The itemizing for a Lead Online Designer states:
Ultimately, you’ll […] be chargeable for main the general design effort for our on-line options; to incorporate defining matchmaking necessities and algorithms, holding the imaginative and prescient for main on-line options reminiscent of guilds or reside occasions, working with the programs crew to make sure on-line play tuning and steadiness, and collaborating with artwork and design results in put collectively future content material roadmaps.
The crew will even be designing a brand new “competitive in-house game engine” for the title, in accordance with a list for an Associate Systems Engineer. Many of the opposite listings contain working with the studio’s present software program know-how in addition to being concerned in constructing new know-how to deal with the sport’s necessities.
This new title is one in every of three tasks Hangar 13 has within the works proper now. Whether a type of is a brand new Mafia title is very depending on whether or not Mafia: Definitive Edition has been profitable. If the sport had acquired an honest reception the crew would have been capable of invest their energy in a new instalment.
[Source: @MauroNL3 on Twitter]