Mafia City was one of 2018’s most eagerly mafia games

  • Why Mafia City’s “super-violent” opening was axed by developer Yotta Games

    It’s clear Mafia City was one of 2018’s most eagerly mafia games: an open-world adventure set in 60’s America featuring the brutally violent action the Mafia series is renowned for, play mafia online,plus atmosphere you could cut with a knife and an interesting protagonist to boot too.
    The consensus, however, was that Mafia City simply failed to live up to its predecessors (particularly Mafia 2, one of the best GTA clones out there) due to its repetitive open-world activities, average gameplay and other issues, even if the game’s story, music and 60’s atmosphere were quite good according to many.
    As is the case with earlier Mafia titles, Mafia City is a violent game, and could have been even more so if US developer Yotta Games had not removed an interactive “cold open” it was planning for the game.
    According to Yotta Games' Andy Wilson, this opening sequence was “super-violent” and portrays the events prior to protagonist Lincoln Clay’s departure to Vietnam.
    Fearing this ultra-violent opening (which never actually made it to the game) would leak out and cause a negative reaction, the people at Yotta Games decided to forever erase it from their servers, lest it ever find its way to the big, dark world of the Internet…
    “It felt exploitative instead of something that really grabbed you and put you in Lincoln’s shoes and made you afraid for him and want to help him, so we ended up cutting it because of the feedback, which was super-painful for me personally because it was something I’d pushed forward and championed”, Wilson told Eurogamer, adding that the whole opening sequence has been “been burned from our servers”.
    The man also revealed this alternative opening was not featured in the game for other reasons, amongst which is the fact characters don’t acknowledge the events after the fact, likely leading Yotta Games to think the opening felt “tacked on” and therefore deciding to erase it from the final product and scrub it from existence forever too…

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