Mafia III is about revenge, controlling territory, and becoming a boss

While the first two Mafia games were more or less about trying to move up the ranks within the mafia to either betray or pay back debts within the organization, Mafia III is a wholly different approach. While much of the setup of Mafia III has been revealed, like it taking place in the ‘60s in a New Orleans-like city and starring a complicated Black protagonist, how the game will play was mostly revealed at E3 this week.

In a presentation for the game (which was later released in the developer diary video below), we’re shown that our main character, Lincoln Clay, will avenge the deaths of his Black Mob family by meticulously taking over the territories currently in control by the game’s antagonist Sal Marcano, by building up his own mob organization.

As Clay you recruit three underbosses to help you take over the territories in exchange for some control. Cassandra runs the Haitian mob in New Bordeaux, Vito Scaletta is the protagonist from Mafia II looking to get back into the mix of things, and Burke runs the local scrapyard and runs the local Irish gang.

There are 10 districts in New Bordeaux and there’s a variety of things you can do to take control. In the example shown below, you can take out characters who earn money for the Marcano family, take control of brothels, destroy drug boats, rob and interrogate pimps and bag men, disrupt and take over drug dens, rob orgies, and kill drug dealers.

Controlling the city

Like many open world games, you can choose to complete a task or mission with stealth or you can go in guns blazing, or a combination of both. If you get in hot water, you can always call back up, like Vito’s Italian muscle or Hatian gang members, but it’ll cost you some cash.

Once you start controlling districts, you divvy it up between your underbosses. There’s both pros and cons for each boss controlling a district. Some may bring in more cash while another may supply more weapons, gear, or abilities. Players have to be careful here because if one of the underbosses feels slighted and feel like they’re not getting a big enough piece of the pie, you may have to go to war with them and their gang to seize back control of your organization.

Mafia III launches on October 7, 2016 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

Watch the full video below:

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