Mafia Prequel Reportedly in Development

Kotaku follows the news of personnel changes at Hangar 13 with a report that a new Mafia game is in the works at the studio. Word is Matthew Urban is out in addition to Haden Blackman. Blackman is reportedly being replaced by Nick Baynes, and he will lead development on a new Mafia prequel:
What 2K didn’t mention in the email was that Matthew Urban, Hangar 13 chief operating officer, has also left the studio. “What an amazing ride at H13.......let’s see what is next,” he wrote on LinkedIn. These shifts come as Hangar 13 pivots from original projects back to established franchises like Mafia, the open world, third-person shooter series that’s often compared to Grand Theft Auto—except with a more mob-movie approach.

Replacing Blackman is Nick Baynes, currently studio head at Hangar 13's Brighton, UK office, which Kotaku understands to be leading development on a new Mafia game. While the project is still early in development, its code name is Nero and it’s expected to be a prequel to the Mafia trilogy. The plan is to make it in Unreal Engine 5 instead of the Mafia III engine that was recently used for the remasters.
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