New Mafia Game in the Works, Original Title Is Free on Steam This Week – CNET

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Publisher 2K is giving away the first Mafia game 20 years after it came out.
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The Mafia gaming franchise celebrates 20 years since the release of the first game, Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven, back on Aug. 29, 2002. To celebrate, developer Hangar 13 says a new game in the series is coming, and fans can get a free version of the older title. 
Roman Hladík, Hangar 13 general manager, revealed the next Mafia game is in development in a blog post Monday celebrating the anniversary. Hladík didn’t provide any other details about the new title, but did say it was a few years from launch. 
Publisher 2K tweeted Monday that the original Mafia game will be available for free on Steam from Sept. 1-5. 
In honor of #Mafia20 let’s go back to where it all started 🏙

Get the original Mafia (digital) for FREE on @Steam from Sept. 1 – 5 pic.twitter.com/ZdxSFZrLwh
Mafia was one of the first open-world crime games to arrive after Grand Theft Auto III in 2001. There are three games in the franchise, with each taking place in different eras in fictional cities closely resembling major US cities.

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