Mafia 4: References to Unreal Engine 5 are intensifying

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from Thilo Bayer
Already last year there were indications that Mafia 4 relies on the Unreal Engine 5. These clues are now growing.

As of August 2022, it’s clear that Hangar 13, the developer studio behind Mafia 3 and Mafia Remastered, is working on a new Mafia game. And as early as May 2022 there was an indication of which technical basis was being used: the Unreal Engine 5, which was on everyone’s lips at the time.

Unreal Engine 5 seems set

Now there is fresh evidence that Hangar 13 is really switching to Unreal Engine 5. On Linked In there is a vacancy for a “tools engineer”. It will “work directly with content creators to give them the power to create amazing experiences and support our culture of iterative design when creating AAA games.” The wanted tools engineer is said to be working on an “unannounced multiplatform game” that is “currently in pre-production and utilizing Unreal Engine 5.” Accordingly, tools are to be developed within the UE5.

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This fits very well with what we have learned about Mafia 4 so far. In an official blog post, Hangar 13 general manager Roman Hladik said the new game was “a few years away”. It was already clear last year that the current mafia engine was obsolete. It still relies on DirectX 11, here you would probably have to invest considerable resources in order to be able to keep up technically. The in-house engine is still based on the illusion engine from Mafia 2 and was developed for Mafia 3

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The new Mafia game is said to be codenamed Nero and is expected to be a prequel to the Mafia trilogy. In terms of time, this means at least a return to the 1920s and thus to the time of Prohibition; Mafia 3 is set in the 70s, which not everyone liked. For Hangar 13, a new mafia game is a new perspective for the next few years after it has been rather turbulent of late. 2018 existed according to Wikipedia “significant” layoffs, in 2019 the studio announced that it was working on its own brand of games. Nothing came of that, however, as in November 2021, 2K Games had to make the decision to pull the plug on Hangar 13’s planned 3-player live service game. The Mafia Remake had overall positive reviews, while Mafia 3 left mixed feelings.