Mafia 3: Definitve Edition Hides Another Cancelled Open World
Unfinished Map Confirms Past Hangar 13 Project
Clement Goh |
May 26, 2020
Mafia 3: Definitive Edition contains another open world for Hangar 13’s ill-fated Rhapsody project, with players being able to access a fully-explorable Berlin with one code away.
The unfinished map was the setting for a 1980s spy game, which according to Kotaku featured a “Russian Jew whose parents had been murdered in a Soviet labor camp. He’d be rescued by Americans, then recruited to join a spy organization called Rhapsody.” The game would see players carrying out missions across Berlin, in which its iconic landmarks and neighbourhoods would be rendered in full scale.
Game data miner Sliderv2 accessed the codes for Mafia 3 on the PC and found the large map contained the foundation of another game. However, it’s not connected to a new Mafia game and doesn’t contain other easter eggs for Mafia 3.
Details shown in the footage include players dropping into Berlin as Mafia 3 protagonist Lincoln Clay. As soon as his boots touch the ground, players could also run around the world, complete with alleys and shorelines. But the unfinished map lacks textures on the buildings, as well as NPCs and proper roads. From a birds-eye view, the unfinished Berlin resembles a 2D Google Maps render with 3D buildings enabled.
Sadly, Rhapsody was cancelled as the project was thrown through different pitches before it was scrapped. The game had also included music as a mechanic, with different chimes and jingles acting as a signal for enemies or situations. Players would also rely on stealth to approach enemies while its overall theme took inspiration from Kingsman “without the really goofy s**t.”