We are starting to find out, Mafia: Definitive Edition will not just modernize the look and mechanics of the original 2002 game. The developers have indeed planned to flesh out the story and change the approach of many phases of the game. gameplay to make this remake a must-see for 2020. A little of all this was shown to us in a long video with 15 minutes of play a few days ago.
And to materialize all the desire for change and improvement he had in mind, Hangar 13 indulged in some liberties with the city of Lost Heaven. The map was thus changed with new alleys or neighborhoods denser in buildings, to reinforce its realism and provide more travel possibilities for players. Some objective locations have also been changed to encourage players to take more different paths, and the topography has also been revised to provide better vantage points. All this is explained in a post to find below.
If you visit any city after 18, it’s bound to change. The fictional city of Lost Heaven, where the events of Mafia: Definitive Edition take place, is no exception. But its transformation has nothing to do with population growth, gentrification or a new architectural trend. The big differences between the 2002 Lost Heaven, when the first Mafia was released, and the city as it is today are due to design changes driven by gameplay, technological advancements, and, of course, , the developers of Hangar 13, who have spent years rebuilding the city for the love of the game.
Like the Chicago of the 1920s and 1930s which served as its inspiration, Lost Heaven is located in the American Midwest. The city is plagued by corruption and serves as a refuge for powerful sponsors of crime who exploit prohibition to build their empire. Below you’ll find a map of Lost Heaven as it appears in Mafia: Definitive Edition. The geometry of the 2002 version of Mafia was used as a guide during the design of the new game. The layout of neighborhoods, city blocks, and main roads is therefore identical. Even some names have been preserved. Memorable mission locations from the original game, like the Clark Motel, the International Airport, and the Race Track, are all present and can be visited freely, along with much of the rural area north of town. No need to progress first in the story, no more invisible walls or loading screens.
In addition to the visual improvements, which you could discover in the recent gameplay trailer for Mafia: Definitive Edition, some places in Lost Heaven have undergone other significant upgrades which give them more authenticity and atmosphere. . The downtown area has more apartment buildings, built during the post-war boom in the 1920s and 1930s, and Chinatown is more recognizable thanks to its distinctive architecture and population representative of the Chinese communities of the time, which were not present in the first game. The topography of other locations has been changed, not only to make their exploration more interesting, but also to provide a better view of the city skyline, which is now possible. to admire from far beyond the limited field of view afforded by 2002 technology.
When you are behind the wheel of a vintage car in Mafia: Definitive Edition, or even a motorcycle (a first for the series), you will be able to appreciate more fully the changes that we have made to the road network in Lost Heaven. New lanes and other shortcuts give you more options when running away from the police, and nooks and crannies have been constructed so that your driving experience is much smoother than in the original game. In addition, Hangar 13 analyzed heat maps of the roads to determine which are the most used during missions, and the locations of some objectives have been changed based on this data. As a result, you go through more neighborhoods and explore new areas, instead of taking the same roads over and over again like it’s your daily commute to work.
Each neighborhood has a specific style and vibe and they all leave a different impression depending on the time of day. The roads that are populated by taxis by day, flanked on either side by sidewalks teeming with people and factory chimneys, are almost unrecognizable at night. After sunset, traffic is less dense, sidewalks almost deserted, and neon signs of hotels and places of entertainment usually overlooked during the day are now unmistakable, even from afar, and serve as a landmark as you browse poorly lit streets.
The release date of Mafia: Definitive Edition is scheduled for release September 25, 2020 on PC, PS4, and Xbox One, and you can pre-order your copy for € 39.99 at the Fnac.