Mafia 3 tells the story of how mixed-race war veteran Lincoln Clay got revenge on the Italian mob for killing the black mob – the only ‘real’ family that Lincoln had ever known. But the game isn’t all explosions and shootouts as Lincoln gets his own back, as Mafia 3’s gameplay also features some personnel management.
Helping him in his efforts to take down the Italians are Burke, Vito (who returns from Mafia 2) and Cassandra, who can each be assigned districts and provide bonuses that aid Lincoln on his quest. Each have their own motives though, so Lincoln has to be careful. A new Mafia 3 trailer sheds light on how Cassandra and Lincoln can work together, as well as how they might butt heads.
Mafia 3 Trailer – Cassandra via Official 2K UK
Mafia 3 Trailer – Can Lincoln Trust Cassandra?
Cassandra, who is the leader of the Haitian gang, has one key objective: to run Delray Hollow and protect its people. The Italian mob have taken over the district and given power to the Dixie Mafia, who, according to the Mafia 3 gameplay trailer from E3 2016, have begun to use the district for drug trafficking and sex rings. The Hollow is also the victim of “the system,” according to the video and it seems likely that the impacts of Mafia 3’s racism will be especially highlighted here.
With a common enemy, Lincoln and Cassandra fight to take back the district, but, as Mafia 3’s lead writer Charles Webb notes, “the two of them don’t trust each other very much.” The two characters have a bit of bad blood between them as Lincoln killed Baka, the former head of the Haitian gang, and Cassandra doesn’t trust that Lincoln will “look out” for the people of Delray Hollow despite him having grown up there.
Delray Hollow isn’t the only district that players can choose to put in Cassandra’s control though, as other districts can be handed over to her as well. That comes with the risk of annoying Vito and Burke though, so players will need to keep an eye on the three allies to ensure that they stay allies and don’t decide to take out their frustrations in catastrophic style.
So far, what we’ve seen from Mafia 3 suggests that it won’t just be a case of sweet-talking each of them, either, and that all three do have their own personalities. Hopefully the writing is good enough that this game mechanic genuinely adds something substantial to the table then, rather than being a fiddly bit of secondary gameplay.
Mafia 3 will be released on October 7 on PC, PS4 and Xbox One. A Mafia 3 season pass and special editions have also been announced.