Grand Theft Auto developer Rockstar recently unveiled Mafia 3 at Gamescom 2015. It is quite obvious that the upcoming game will be compared with Rockstar's highly successful video game, GTA 5.
Recently, Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick was asked about the resemblance between GTA 5 and Mafia 3 during an earnings call. He reportedly said that Mafia 3 will give a very different experience to players and the comparisons are unwarranted.
"I wouldn't compare it to anything else out there. The [Gamescom 2015] reveal was great, but it stands alone," he said, GameSpot reported.
Zelnick goes on to say, "We don't use any other game in the same sentence as Grand Theft Auto. It is the industry's standard-bearer. It's not up for comparison." He also added that Take-Two felt blessed that they have such "distinct labels." There is not tech-sharing environment between them and they both are "congenial" but that does not mean they will share their development.
Mafia 3 will be revealed sometime in 2016 for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
Rockstar Bans Modders for Creating Multiplayer
Rockstar has banned a group of GTA modders who created their own multiplayer service. The modders were trying to comply with the modding rules from Rockstar but were banned, reports said.
They created FiveM, which allowed users to play GTA 5 with customised multiplayer modes on servers separated from the company. It allowed user to produce map mods. It has been active for months now.
The modders deny any wrongdoing on their part, Eurogamer reported.
Rockstar had previously cautioned modders that, "You should not worry about being banned or being relegated to the cheater pool just for using single player PC mods. Our primary focus is on protecting GTA Online against modifications that could give players an unfair advantage, disrupt gameplay, or cause grief."
But the report notes that the project does mix itself with the servers of Rockstar. "Rockstar complained about piracy in the past, so when modders make sure people actually own their games, they get angry. Rockstar complained about wanting to keep modders away from GTA Online, so when modders make their own third-party client, they get angry and ban them," said Ash Rogers, FiveM user.
There is no official comment from Rockstar yet.