Mafia series has shown different eras in each game released. Starting from classical era of gangster this franchise has come to so called retro times. All three games have been very careful about details, cars and clothes of the times shown and it’s impossible to say that Mafia offers poor atmosphere. However, it is possible to say what will come next?
As far as we know Mafia 4 hasn’t been confirmed officially but there’re assumptions that this game will still arrive. Why not? As long as there’s demand and the team ready to develop this series, it’s reasonable to expect Mafia IV. The question is which period are we going to see in new Mafia?
So let’s try to speculate on which era to expect from another part of Mafia. If you remember the first game was set in 30s. The following release was focused on 50s and the latest part takes place in 68. As far as we can see each part has 20-year gaps. Does it mean that Mafia 4 can show us the story of 80s or 90s?
On the one hand, it’s likely to happen because there were a lot of criminal gangs in those times and there’s something to tell about if you want another gangster story. New empires being built up while old companies get ruthlessly exterminated, such a plot isn’t that bad.
On the other hand, does it relate to gangster culture? Whenever you think of 30s or 60s retro cars and The Godfather movie come to your mind. What do you think of when you hear about 80-90s? The birth of new culture perhaps but there’s nothing like Cosa Nostra. Does it mean that Mafia 4 may focus on new generation or will developers repeat themselves and start a new story in the era which has already been shown in their games? Time will show.
Typically main characters of Mafia are military people. Tomy Angelo was an exception but Vito and Lincoln have been through wars. So is it possible that new protagonist will relate to war somehow? It’s unlikely to happen because it will make the series too predictable. It’s quite reasonable to expect something original from the developers.
If you’re good at history of mafia wars you should now that in the period from 1981 to 1983 there was Second Mafia War. It was started by Corleonesi family. So if Mafia 4 will really take place in this period of time they may depict these events somehow or resemble them in an interesting way. At least it could be a good basis for another story.
Which city can we expect to be the place for a new Mafia? It’s quite predictable that it will be a fictional one. Will we see America based city once again? We think so. Mafia has been traditionally set in such environment and there’re no obvious reasons for developers to change this tradition.
Nevertheless, if the story will be all new with unexpected decisions there’s likelihood that developers will choose another country. Perhaps they’ll base their new city on Italian prototype which would take us to the roots of mafia clans.