Mafia III could take place in an open-world Louisiana, if a casting call from Take-Two is to be believed.
The casting call was published online by AGB, and reveals that Take-Two, the parent company of Mafia publisher 2K, is looking for three actors for voice over, motion capture and facial scans. All three characters it’s looking to cast were born in Louisiana.
Three characters were listed on the document, along with the following biographies:
Born in Louisiana, Mixed race – African American/Caucasian, Early 20s, 6′, Bouncer’s build – broad, not cut. An orphan in the racially segregated South who rises to criminal prominence after returning home to Louisiana from war. Having been an outsider to both white and black society, Franklin is fiercely loyal to those he considers “family.” He is both street-smart and strong. Disciplined and imposing, confident yet guarded, Franklin knows how to get a job done at any cost…
Born in Louisiana, Italian, Early 30s, Thin, Immaculately dressed and groomed. A genius with numbers and statistics who runs sports betting operations in Louisiana. Tony is not your typical gangster. Meticulous and organized, Tony is more concerned about numbers and profit than people. On the surface, Tony appears quiet and socially awkward, but in reality he is more than capable of inflicting violence on anyone who disrupts his bottom line. Tony doesn’t fear people; he simply does not understand or like them.
Born in Louisiana, Italian, Late Teens/Early 20s, Average build. A young street hustler who likes to run his mouth, Mickey likes to talk big on the streets, but when push comes to shove, he can’t back it up. Mickey has a bad habit of taking credit for bigger jobs and making himself seem higher up in the criminal ladder than he really is. When confronted with this, he reverts back to the scared teenager he really is.
The trio of Louisiana natives are Franklin, Tony and Mickey. Franklin is in his early 20s, and “knows how to get a job done at any cost”. Tony is in his early 30s, and is apparently “a genius with numbers and statistics who runs sports betting operations”. Finally, Mickey is in his late teens, who “likes to run his mouth” and acts as a street hustler. Sadly, he can’t back his big talk up with much.
Though 2K Games publish a wide number of titles, the focus on crime makes it seem increasingly likely that Mafia 3 is what we’re dealing with. Fingers crossed that an open-world New Orleans is on the cards.
We heard rumours some time ago that 2K Czech was working on the third installment in the franchise, targeting PS4 and Xbox One. 2K’s goal of having the game available for the launch of both systems was likely affected when 2K Czech suffered layoffs in 2011. However, with Mafia 3 remaining an unannounced game project, we’ve never received any official word about its status. Seeing as 2K Czech was massively restructured earlier this year, it’s unclear if development was rebooted, though casting seems to be a positive sign.