The atmospheric, 40/50s Americana inspired title Mafia II just got itself an official release date today, as well as some box art. For those who can’t wait to delve into the unforgiving world of the mafia, you’ll be happy to know that the game will be available for the PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in North America on August 24, 2010, and will be released internationally shortly thereafter on August 27. I know it’s a few months away yet, but if the game is as good as the assets we’ve seen so far, it’ll likely be worth the wait. In addition, some new box art was sent out, which you can see above. I’ve put a bit of the press release after the break, which describes the game in more detail.
Through a compelling narrative, Mafia II transports gamers into the dark and unforgiving world of the Mafia. The fiction is embellished by a sophisticated, era-evoking atmosphere that meticulously replicates the clothing, cars, music and advertising of 1940’s and 1950’s Americana. Players will easily become immersed in the game’s cinematic Hollywood-style experience with strong, believable characters in a living, breathing metropolis. By fusing high-octane gunplay with white-knuckle driving and an engaging narrative, Mafia II looks to be the industry’s most compelling Mafia title to date.
Born the son of a poor immigrant, Vito is a beaten down Italian-American who is trying to escape the life of poverty that consumed his childhood. Vito, along with his lifelong friend, Joe, will descend into the world of organized crime. Looking to escape the life of hardship that his father led, Vito dreams about becoming a “made man,” and together with Joe, will work to prove themselves to the Mafia as they try to make their names on the streets. However, the two quickly realize that life as a wise guy isn’t quite as glamorous as it seems.
If you’re going to PAX East like we are, the game will be available to the public to play for the first time, so you can get some hands-on time with the title and take it for a test drive. If you’d like to grab some more info about the game, check out its official web site.