How The Makers Of Mafia III Lost Their Way

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In mid-2016, a few months before the release of their first game, Mafia III, the developers at Hangar 13 in Novato, California gathered for an all-hands meeting. There, according to two people in attendance, Christoph Hartmann, president of the game’s publisher, 2K, told employees that their bonuses would be tied

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Mafia III pushed the boundaries of video game storytelling, and left people wondering what the developers at Hangar…
A lot of feelings reading this... good read, even having been there! (a lot of those feelings are "fuuuuuck I still…
Can be summed up as "if you work for 2k, there is a high chance you'll be laid off at the end of the project".
Heartbreaking and eerily familiar.
Great reporting from Jason, as per usual
I absolutely loved Mafia 3 (except for the grind). Honestly just a brilliant revenge story with a never before seen…
I can't believe Jason simultaneously reported on troubles plaguing a studio that should be flourishing and super qu…
I need to return to Mafia III. My first hours were so buggy that I stepped away, but I clearly missed something spe…
Sad story. I loved Mafia 3. Hell, I love the entire Mafia franchise. Shame to see Hangar 13 fall on hard times. As…
I'm heartbroken. Mafia 3 is still such an overlooked game that more people should have played. Gonna be a hard read…
I'd love to hear Colin's take on this in an episode of CLS: Sidequest. @notaxation #MafiaIII
@themasterofcube :3
As someone who really loved what Mafia III was going for, this story's more than a little sad. But I also suppose t…
Jason always bringing the scoops. Your hard work is always appreciated over here!
My husband @vitesse is playing Mafia III and absolutely loving it. Fantastic story and acting, looks great on PS4 P…
Heck of a story here, Rhapsody sounded like something special, as did the plan for Mafia 4.
Mafia III was just Far Cry with a different skin and worse driving controls. Or Assassin’s Creed with guns and no c…
What a thoughtful and interesting look at what iterations a studio goes through. I am rooting for Hanger 13, if for…
Great stuff Jason 😎
godDAMN this is making me fucking angry
This is a phenomenal example of games journalism and if you're interested in how game studios work at all you shoul…
Schreier is a legend.
What a dope piece of games journalism
A NEW BIOSHOCK????? WHAT.
Damn, the original pitch for Rhapsody sounds really cool. Real shame we'll never see that game.
Long but very interesting read.
"Some went to other game companies; others moved to the top-secret studio next door to work on an unannounced new B…
Fantastic work.
Idk whats sadder, reading what really cause mafia 3 to be average, or how upper management killed this unique Rhaps…
Some juice in this one.
Once again another fantastic peaking behind the curtain. @jasonschreier doing great work.
Que essa empresa desgraçada feche e todo mundo se foda.
I really have to go back and finish Mafia 3. Storytelling was amazing!!
Great article. Do yourself a favor and read it.
I was concerned that this would happen. Mafia 3 was the start for Hanger 13, not just the start of their company, b…
great but worrying article i loved what Hanger13 did with Mafia 3 and i hope they can pull through and make a great…
Mafia III was a great game, although repetitive. But who would have thought Hangar 13 would be struggling?
What an utterly depressing read. @Hangar13Games deserves better than this. I say y'all scrap that superhero game in…
"Some went to other game companies; others moved to the top-secret studio next door to work on an unannounced new B…
Hoping that the old guys from Hangar 13 know that it's better to go with their own formula that works instead of ri…
The story of Mafia III is great. Shame that the gameplay was too repetitive for me to bother finishing it.
Interesting read
Great read.
Mafia III pushed the boundaries of video game story-telling. Since then, however, the game's developers have strugg…
Here's Jason doing his thing again.
man what an absolutely brilliant piece. and yknow, i still stand firmly in awe at the sheer amount of heart & soul…
Fantastic reporting as always from @jasonschreier !
Esto, como casi todas los textos del estilo de Schreirer (y su libro) es una maravilla. Ahora, quizá con lo de "pus…
This Kotaku piece on Hangar 13 breaks my heart. Primarily because its 1970s Cold War game in Berlin sounds like it'…
mafia 3 is interesting to me because they basically had to make a GTA competitor with a fraction of the budget and…
I'll assume they meant Mafia II*
I got this in the humble bundle last month and I am really enjoying it!!
After Mafia III, developers at Hangar 13 struggled to figure out what to do next. For some, it was the next Mafia.…
mafia 3 was really good and i'm mad we'll never get this spy game
This is a terrible turn of events. Mafia III was superb, one of the very best games I played last year. And that '6…
god i love these 'behind-the-curtain' looks at the video-game industry.
I’m not the first to say this, but this story made me feel tremendously disappointed. I liked Mafia III A Whole Lot.
What they should do next is an apologize letter and leave Mafia alone.
New Bioshock! Where we going this time?! SPACE PLEASE
Hot damn. The original vision of the spy game, Rhapsody, sounds amazing. Shame that the future is unclear for the s…
After Mafia III, developers at Hangar 13 struggled to figure out what to do next. For some, it was the next Mafia.…
Hope they find their footing. Didn't hate Mafia 3 at all.
Every time I read a @jasonschreier article I come away even more amazed that any games ever make it to market
I think you could all too easily replace “Hanger 13” and “Mafia III” in this article and it’d still be accurate.
@MagnetRP bioshock!!!
A new Bioshock game is coming apparently, several members that left Hangar 13 will be involved.…
Sometimes it seems like there's something uniquely purgatorial about being at a 2K studio. This rudderlessness and…
Biggest news from the Kotaku piece, hands down: "The next game in the BioShock franchise is in development at a se…
This, from our Mafia III story, is wild.
This sounds like a nightmare but imagine how the flip-side must be for every non-english-speaking dev team out there
Not the best way to comment code maybe, @PDePetrillo
Kotaku: Top-secret 2K studio is now working on a new BioShock game
That rare piece of games writing that's well worth reading. Thanks, @jasonschreier.
How The Makers Of Mafia III Lost Their Way via @kotaku
Talked a bout it a teeny bit on the podcast today, but I'm just now digging in to the Hangar 13/Mafia 3 piece:
Lots of interesting details in this report from @jasonschreier. Always sad to see a talented studio face these prob…
En verdad no saben como admiro el trabajo periodistico de Kotaku y en particular de Jason Schreier.…
На Kotaku большая статья о том, что творится в студии, которая выпустила Mafia III. И еще утверждается, что 2K Game…
Great story and insight into game development
What me and @AnderWriter were just talking about in regards to video games. Another studio…
BioShock Infinite is the game that convinced me that massive-budget triple-A games weren't going to be viable for m…
"Some went to other game companies; others moved to the top-secret studio next door to work on an unannounced new B…
I liked Mafia III. This was a good read.
@jasonschreier hat wieder mal einen sehr interessanten Bericht veröffentlicht, es geht um das 2K-Studio Hangar 13,…
Oh I really hope @2K is going to bring us a new #Bioshock game as these reports from a Kotaku article are implying.…
A must-read: How The Makers Of Mafia III Lost Their Way
"...their bonuses would be tied to the game’s aggregate review score on Metacritic." This stupid system still exis…
@evantognotti King City shout-out
can't wait for bioshock 4 to tell me how cops are actually good
Rhapsody: "“The concept was using #GameMusic as a weapon,” said one person on the game. “You could use music to ins…
@dhampir_t
It is predictable but also kind of depressing how @jasonschreier's Mafia 3 article is a fascinating, disheateneing…
If Mueller is fired I insist we hire @jasonschreier to lead the special investigation.
@Kotaku "Hangar 13’s leadership had loved the audio style of Mafia III and wanted a game that was all about music,…
I realize that this is one of the silliest takeaways from Schreier’s reporting but: fight me
This story makes me quite sad. I thought Mafia 3 was great and I really liked the unflinching depiction of racism
Another day, another lunch break spent screaming into the void about corporations that are unwilling or unable to l…
@mythraidates it's brought up here as one of the things the mafia 3 people were working on
How The Makers Of <i>Mafia III</i> Lost Their Way via @kotaku
@Cassel999 Here is the article link
What a shame: How The Makers Of Mafia III Lost Their Way
@EldritchGirl " Word got out, though, that it was in fact a new game in one of the most interesting shooter franchi…
@nkjemisin Given your streams of Mafia 3, wondered if you'd seen this: Not promising.
How The Makers of Mafia III Lost Their Way by Jason Schreier @Kotaku @jasonschreier
@levine New Bioshock in development!!!? I know you aren't working on it but any idea?
This is depressing as all hell to read, the bit of positive news out of this is that we are getting anew BioShock b…
"How The Makers Of Mafia III Lost Their Way" #gaming #feedly
How The Makers Of Mafia III Lost Their Way
As much as I liked Mafia 3 and hope Hanger 13 can land on its feet, this might be the biggest, most nonchalantly bu…
How The Makers Of Mafia III Lost Their Way @kotaku
How The Makers Of Mafia III Lost Their Way
@Xibaki How The Makers Of Mafia III Lost Their Way via kotaku
Jeszcze nie przeczytałem, ale to Jason Schreier więc dobrze napisane i z dobrymi źródłami.
Laut einer geheimen Quelle, die mit Jason Schreier gesprochen hat, soll 2K die Höhe der Boni für die Hangar-13-Mita…
Whoa, kind of burying the lead here, @jasonschreier
@SuperNintendad
Games journalist @jasonschreier dropping another fascinating long-read on game development, this time about the fol…
Full story is here -
Finally wrapped up reading this. There's some pretty fascinating stuff (I've definitely heard the publishers caring…
How The Makers Of Mafia III Lost Their Way via @kotaku
Ein "Mafia IV" in einem Vegas der 1970s hätte ich ja sehr cool gefunden. Denn bei allen Fehlern die das Spiel als S…
"One group of designers, engineers, and artists crunched for nearly a year to add details to Mafia III’s world, fil…
How The Makers Of Mafia III Lost Their Way via @kotaku
@MichaelPHuber feels bad, man....
How The Makers Of Mafia III Lost Their Way
How The Makers Of Mafia III Lost Their Way ༄ In mid-2016, a few months before the release…
How The Makers Of Mafia III Lost Their Way via @kotaku
Great read : How The Makers Of Mafia III Lost Their Way via @kotaku
How The Makers Of Mafia III Lost Their Way
Dang. This article is a bummer. With one positive takeaway: a new Bioshock is being worked on!
How The Makers Of Mafia III Lost Their Way
Kotaku: How The Makers Of Mafia III Lost Their Way.
How The Makers Of Mafia III Lost Their Way
@TobinatorLP @wasistdustin @ChristinaDonot Siehe:
How The Makers Of Mafia III Lost Their Way #developmenthell #gamedevelopment #kotakulongreads #kotakucore #hangar13
This is a pretty amazing, in depth, longform ish analysis of Mafia III's development woes.
It is amazing that the publisher (2K Games) would give that kind of leeway (100 people, 3 years, 2 restarts) on a p…
Qué bien suena el concepto inicial de ‘Rhapsody’, el juego que nunca veremos de Hangar 13.
How The Makers Of Mafia III Lost Their Way: In mid-2016, a few months before the release of…
Ei sais hypettää ennenkuin mitään on confirmed, mutta: BIOSHOCK 4 ON MAHDOLLISESTI TULOSSA!
How The Makers Of Mafia III Lost Their Way @Kotaku
New BioShock game on the way? Kotaku says so. And do so in an article about Hanger 13.
How The Makers Of <i>Mafia III</i> Lost Their Way via @kotaku
Crazy good reporting by @jasonschreier Bummer about Hanger 13, I enjoyed Mafia 3, even with it’s flaws. I hope the…
@Ljay90 I never did finish my second playthrough...
How The Makers Of Mafia III Lost Their Way via @kotaku
How The Makers Of Mafia III Lost Their Way
How The Makers Of Mafia III Lost Their Way via @kotaku

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