If an image from Best Buy posted on IGN is anything to go by, the release date for Hangar 13’s Mafia III is slated for April 26, 2016. While publisher 2K declined to confirm the date, it did issue a statement saying:
“Mafia 3 will release in calendar 2016 during Take-Two Interactive’s fiscal year 2017. No official release date has been announced at this time. It is common practice for retailers to list placeholder dates before an official release date has been announced due to the requirements of their operating systems.”
While it’s a fair point that most retailers choose placeholder dates before a release date is set, usually they are the last day of the year and not a precise launch date such as April 26. Previously, a GameStop pre-order listing had backed up this date, but it has since reverted back to the placeholder date of December 31. We’ll keep you informed of any developments.
Amazon also posted a similar date, so perhaps there’s more to it than meets the eye? We’ll keep this one on the rumour pile for the time being.