Mafia and Mafia 2 may be getting remastered for a new generation, according to trademark filings submitted by 2K parent company Take-Two Interactive.
Three trademark filings have been submitted, the first two relate to Mafia and Mafia 2 along with the logos for those games, which are the names in a stylised font. The third trademark is for the original Mafia too, except without iconography. All three trademarks aim to protect and define logos and naming for the first two games in the Mafia series.
The original Mafia was released in 2002 and was renowned for its realistic and in-depth portrayal of organised crime in the 1930s. Players took on the role of local taxi driver Thomas “Tommy” Angelo as he joined a crime family, working his way up to a position of power. The overarching narrative involves Tommy giving evidence, before ending up in witness protection. The game famously has a brilliant ending, which of course, we won’t spoil here.
The second game released in 2010 and spanned a period of time from the 1940s to the 1950s, with the protagonist being Vito Scaletta who works his way up the Falcone crime family in the fictional Empire Bay. The game focused heavily on the sounds and sights of the era, with the storytelling both the highs and lows of being a made man, including jail time and betrayal.
As yet we don’t have further details about what these filings may mean, but a new trademark may indicate work is being done on both these games, and with the oldest being almost two decades old a remaster would certainly be very welcome.