Electronic Arts and Paramount Digital Entertainment are set to give gamers an offer they can’t refuse. The companies announced that they are developing a video game based on the classic Francis Ford Coppola film The Godfather II. A follow-up to last year’s multi-platinum hit, the game returns to author Mario Puzo’s Corleone family drama and goes beyond the film’s story by setting players in the world of organized crime in 1960s Florida, Cuba and New York.
After being promoted by Michael Corleone to Don of New York, players will expand to new cities as they build up their families through extorting businesses, monopolizing illegal crime rings and defeating new families in an effort to become the most powerful mob clan in America. To help players manage their empire, The Godfather II introduces ‘The Don’s View”an innovative strategy meta-game that allows would-be Mafiosos to oversee the entire world as they grow the family business. Using the Don’s View, players will be able to build and defend their crime rings, while keeping an eye on the movements and plans of rival families. Players will also learn to master the business of organized crime by building a family of Made Men, hiring crew, handing out orders and promoting their best men up the ranks.
The sequel also doubles down on the series’ signature Black Hand control scheme, introducing a new combo system, pressure tactics and executions. Gamers will fight alongside their hand-picked crew, each member possessing unique skills and expertise such as demolitions, arson, engineering and first-aid.
Developed at the EA Redwood Stores studio, The Godfather II will be coming to Xbox, PlayStation3 and PC in February of 2009. The title will be unveiled exclusively on Spike TV’s GameTrailers TV with Geoff Keighley on Friday, Aug. 15. The entire episode will be dedicated to the game, going behind-the-scenes with the development team and presenting sneak peeks at gameplay. The trailer will also be available on August 18 at http://godfather2.ea.com.