Mafia 3 preorder link reveals April release date

Mafia 3

As we noted in our Gamescom 2015 coverage, Mafia 3 will take the series in a different (and, I think, more interesting) direction than the previous games. It will be set in late-60s New Orleans and set players off as a black Vietnam veteran named Lincoln Clay, who goes to work for the mob after returning from the war but is ultimately betrayed by the Mafia. Now it's time for some payback!

Steam says the game will be out in 2016, which as release dates go isn't the most useful bit of information I've ever run across. But an image from Best Buy posted on IGN, alongside Gamestop's online preorder link, give us a far more precise launch date of April 26.

The specificity of the date, and the fact that it's shared by two separate retailers, rather strongly suggests that it's legit. 2K declined to confirm it, however, saying only, “Mafia 3 will release in calendar 2016 during Take-Two Interactive's fiscal year 2017. No official release date has been announced at this time. It is common practice for retailers to list placeholder dates before an official release date has been announced due to the requirements of their operating systems."

That last bit is true, but those placeholders are most commonly the last day of the calendar year—as in this EB Games listing, for instance—and in case there was any question, April 26, 2016 does in fact fall within Take-Two's FY2017. We'll keep you posted.

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.