When Mafia 3 is released next year, it will have an open-world environment to run around in and it will be full of criminal misdeeds. Grand Theft Auto 5, on the other hand, has an open-world environment that is also full of criminal activities. And they’re both owned by (2K and Rockstar Games’ parent company) Take-Two, so obviously comparisons are already being made.
But Take-Two wants to make it clear that their upcoming game isn’t just GTA 5 in a mob-boss get up. In the latest earnings call Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick addressed these comparisons head on, saying that Mafia 3 is “completely different” from their other criminal caper title.
Mafia 3 vs. GTA 5
During the earnings call, someone asked Zelnick directly whether we should consider Mafia 3 as a Rockstar-style game. To which Zelnick stated that the Grand Theft Auto franchise is “not up for comparison” and that it is the “industry’s standard bearer”. Zelnick also added that:
“I wouldn’t compare it to anything else out there. The reveal [of Mafia 3 at Gamescom] was great, but it stands alone.
We’re blessed that we have two distinct labels at this company. We do not have a tech-sharing environment. We’re a very congenial company, but we don’t think that’s the best way to get the best out of our development folks. It’s not the way it works around here.”
Given that Mafia 3 is much different, tonally, addressing racism in the 1960s, while GTA 5 is modern, tongue in cheek and pokes fun at stereotypes, it makes sense that Take-Two wants its franchises to be seen as different. People no longer compare Saints Row to Grand Theft Auto either, after all. Take-Two won’t want people to just buy Mafia 3 as an appetiser between the next GTA instalment, nor will they want critics to criticise Mafia 3 for not doing things the same way as GTA 5; because it’s not meant to.
However, some have questioned why Take-Two’s developers don’t share technology, saying that surely they can learn things from each other. Making sure that developers work to their full potential is important, but if using another team’s technology can help, then it seems silly not to do that. Take-Two’s studios consistently produce great games, though, so perhaps there is method in their madness.
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Mafia 3 will be released in 2016 on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
Source: Seeking Alpha