Playboy Coming to Mafia II

Mafia II is set to be a gritty, realistic Mafia story set in Empire City, a fictional American setting in the late 1940s and early 1950s, and appropriately, 2K Games announced that Mafia II will be collaborating with Playboy to bring authentic magazines and centerfold images to the game’s world.

“While most mob-inspired games’ emphasis is solely on action, Mafia II features a deep and compelling narrative that is embellished with a sophisticated, era-evoking atmosphere,” said Christoph Hartmann, President of 2K Games. “In partnering with Playboy, we are able to add a unique element of authenticity to the game by using vintage images from the magazine that illustrate the power of Playboy’s influence on the attitudes and culture of that generation.”

2K Czech is working on the game and developed the original title, Mafia, which came to the PC in 2002 and was later ported to the PS2 and Xbox. The game took place in Lost Heaven, a large, sandbox city based on New York, Chicago, New Jersey and other American regions. The world featured both city landscapes and countryside and featured stunning realism in both the landscapes and in bringing its 1920s and 1930s-era world to life. Cars featured realistic physics and had to be filled up at a gas station if they were driven for a long time, original era music played in bars and the game featured a stunning, Godfather-esque story of a man rising through the ranks of the Mafia and then realizing he is over his head, working with the police to bring the mob down.

Mafia II looks to be incredible, and their dedication to authenticity is impressive. We can’t wait to see the game (and ah, to read the articles in Playboy). It will be arriving later this year on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.