MAFIA III takes place in a fictionalized version of the American South in 1968. We sought to create an extensive and immersive experience that captures this is very turbulent time and place, including depictions of racism. We find the racist beliefs, language, and behaviors of some characters in the game abhorrent but believe it is vital to include these depictions in order to tell Lincoln Clay’s story. Most importantly we felt that not to include this is very real and shameful part of our past would have been offensive to the millions who have faced, and still face, bigotry, discrimination, prejudice, and racism in all it’s forms.
Lincoln Clay, the fictional black protagonist who lives in the fictional city of New Bordeaux (New Orleans) is often put in situations that involve extreme racism, and even gets to “interact” like the time when you get to Violently Shoot Up a Ku Klux Klan Rally in Mafia III. The publisher Hangar 13 has essentially taken the position that they are accurately portraying history, warts and all.