Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 4, Xbox, Xbox One
Genre: Action
Publisher: 2K Games
Developer: Hangar 13
Release Date: Sept. 25, 2020

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'Mafia: Definitive Edition' (ALL) Brings Back Free Ride Mode, Details

by Rainier on Sept. 22, 2020 @ 5:10 p.m. PDT

The city of Lost Heaven is at war as the Salieri and Morello mobs fight to control the lucrative protection rackets, smuggling and the women of Lost Heaven.

Mafia: Trilogy is a new collection featuring the only interactive entertainment series that lets players live the life of a gangster across three distinct eras of organized crime in America.

Combined, the critically acclaimed Mafia crime dramas have sold-in more than 18 million units worldwide. Now, for the first time on modern consoles, experience all three entries of the revered action-adventure series together in one definitive organized crime saga. Mafia: Trilogy includes:

  • Mafia: Definitive Edition – The built-from-the-ground-up remake of the beloved classic;
  • Mafia II: Definitive Edition – The ultra HD remaster of the fan favorite;
  • Mafia III: Definitive Edition – The re-introduction of the award-winning narrative masterpiece.

Players who purchase Mafia: Trilogy digitally prior to August 28, 2020 will be able to access Mafia II: Definitive Edition and Mafia III: Definitive Edition immediately on PS4, Xbox One, and PC (Steam), and will be able to download Mafia: Definitive Edition as soon as it becomes available on August 28.

The Mafia: Trilogy physical edition will release in full on August 28, and is currently only planned for release in select EMEA and Asia regions.

Mafia: Definitive Edition, Mafia II: Definitive Edition, and Mafia III: Definition Edition are also available for purchase individually. The Definitive Editions for Mafia II and Mafia III are available today within the Mafia: Trilogy and as standalone purchases on Xbox One, PS4, and PC via Steam, and will be coming to the Epic Games Store and Stadia at a later date. Both Mafia II: Definitive Edition and Mafia III: Definitive Edition feature all original bonus add-on content, plus completely remastered 4K compatible visuals for Mafia II.

Mafia: Definitive Edition – the centerpiece of the collection – launches September 25, 2020 as a comprehensive, rebuilt-from-the-ground-up remake of the original Mafia, complete with an updated script filled with rich new dialogue, expanded backstories, and additional cutscenes; all-new gameplay sequences and features; the same stellar game engine that powered Mafia III’s best-in-class cinematics; and other enhancements. It’s the Mafia players remember, only much more.

Even after you've experienced Tommy Angelo's journey into the world of organized crime, there's still plenty to see and do in Mafia: Definitive Edition via Free Ride mode. "Free Ride is a bonus mode that we included as a nod to the original game," explains Ondřej Vévoda, Lead Designer at Hangar 13. "The basic idea is that Free Ride allows players to explore Lost Heaven freely without any mission objectives. It’s an opportunity to check out the beautiful vistas around the city, test drive the vehicles in your garage, find collectibles out in the world, and maybe uncover a few secrets."

Free Ride harkens back to the 2002 original Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven, letting you explore the 1930s landscape at your own pace. "Confusingly, there were two versions of Free Ride in the original game," says Vévoda. "There was 'Free Ride,' a city tourism mode with very simple taxi-driving type gameplay, and 'Free Ride Extreme' which added some crazy challenges. We combined ideas from both into one mode, so the Definitive Edition version of Free Ride contains both the tourism part and some hidden bonus content to discover."

To unlock Free Ride mode, all you need to do is complete the first mission in Mafia: Definitive Edition's main story. "When you enter Free Ride, you'll start at Salieri’s Bar, with access to your garage, wardrobe, and armory, plus the ability to change the time of day and weather," says Vévoda. "Once Tommy is kitted up, you can head into the city and start poking around." The most dedicated players may find a few unlockables as a reward for following a trail of cryptic clues.

Vévoda particularly loves exploring the serene countryside beyond the busy streets of Lost Heaven in Free Ride. "We added a big rural area to the north of the city, and the main story only takes you out to a couple of spots," he explains. "There are a lot of great views and little places to discover up there. Also, all those long country roads and dirt tracks are perfect for putting vehicles through their paces."

Of course, longtime Mafia fans may remember the more absurd aspects of the original Free Ride that exist way outside the story's canon. "I think like most players, I loved Free Ride Extreme in particular," recalls Vévoda. "After all the serious Mafia business of the main story, surreal challenges like shooting a sea monster or tailing an invisible man were a lot of fun and a great way to spend extra hours in the world once the story was complete."

Will those sillier elements return in Mafia: Definitive Edition's Free Ride? "All I can say is: The truth is out there," Vévoda remarks.

Players who pre-order Mafia: Definitive Edition – as well as players who purchase the digital version or pre-order the physical version of Mafia: Trilogy prior to August 28 will receive “The Chicago Outfit” bonus add-on content for Mafia: Definitive Edition. This content pack includes:

  • Exclusive Player Outfit: The Don;
  • Exclusive Vehicle: Smith V12 Limousine;
  • Exclusive Weapon Skin: Gold Semi-Automatic.

Furthermore, players can sign up for a 2K Account to unlock these bonus items for each game:

  • Mafia: Definitive Edition: Black Cats Motorcycle Pack;
  • Mafia II: Definitive Edition: Made Man Pack;
  • Mafia III: Definitive Edition: Classico Three-piece Suit & IL Duca Revolver.

Mafia II: Definitive Edition will be automatically granted to all existing owners of Mafia II on Steam at no additional cost. Additionally, all existing Mafia III owners on PS4, Xbox One, and PC (Steam) will be upgraded to Mafia III: Definitive Edition today at no additional cost. Customers who own a combination of titles will receive special reduced-price upgrade offers to complete their trilogy via in-game menus within each of the Mafia titles.

Mafia: Definitive Edition will now release worldwide on September 25, 2020.

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