Mafia II Interview
Jeff Rubenstein, the Social Media Manager over at the official Playstation 3 Blog, had a chance to catch up with Jack Scalici, the Director of Creative Production, about Mafia II and get some of the gamers’ questions answered. According to him, he also received a Tommy Gun filled with Tequila, but couldn’t send me a photo as he was asked not to publish it. What kind of Mafiosos are these people? I thought the Mafia did whatever they wanted! I guess nobody’s perfect.
I think there are a bunch of good questions in the interview, so for those that don’t mind killing a couple of minutes, check it out. It’s also a great way to get as much info as you can about the game before it finally releases on the 24th of August.
PlayStation.Blog: Why go with Empire Bay instead of New York City?
Jack Scalici: Itâ€™s New York, with a little bit of influence of Chicago, with a bit of San Francisco mixed in there. But when you do New York you have to do it right, and it has to be exact, and youâ€™ll get some psychopaths on the forums whoâ€™ll take a map of New York City, and a map of your game and point out everything that you did wrong and bad and why go through that? And also, if youâ€™ve ever driven through New York, itâ€™s not the most gameplay-driving-friendly city. There are a lot of one way streets, and itâ€™s not as much fun as it could be if you were driving around doing 90 mph in a convertible blasting 1950â€™s rock â€˜nâ€™ roll. So you take reality, and you bend reality into whatâ€™s going to equal great gameplay.
PSB: How does the city change over time?
JC: The cars are completely different in the 50s than there were in the 40s. In the 40s you have these dull-colored, boxy people movers, some of which are fun to drive. But once you get into the 50s, you get this cherry-red convertible that just tears ass. You get up to something like 120 MPH, you can fly in those cars, itâ€™s amazing. Thatâ€™s my most favorite thing to do in the game, driving around in a convertible, listening to rock â€˜nâ€™ roll in the 50s.
PSB: Tell them thanks for the exclusive content for our system, that was really nice of them 🙂 (Fallen_Guardian)
JC: It is really cool. We came up with the ideas of this character, Jimmy, who exists outside of the main story of Mafia II. Jimmy is just a total bad-ass. Heâ€™s sent in by the mob to clean up the mess, like when you have a dead body or when somethingâ€™s really going wrong. Heâ€™s like a combination hitman/cleaner. Heâ€™s this bad-ass bald dude who basically does whatever the hell he wants.
The beginning of the Jimmy stuff [multiplatform DLC] is he gets out of jail and he wants to kill those people who wronged him and forced him to go to jail for them. For the PS3 [exclusive] stuff, we thought itâ€™d be really cool to tell the story of what happened to Jimmy. How did Jimmy get here? Thatâ€™s what the PS3 stuff is.
These are only a few of the many questions and answers you will find on the official PlayStation Blog. If you are interested, click the source below.
[Source] – Official PS3 Blog