Set in 1968, Mafia III takes place during one of the most turbulent years in American history. From the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to growing outrage over the war in Vietnam, the country's fault-lines were exposed and threatened to tear the United States apart.
In this GDC 2017 talk, Hangar 13's William Harms discusses how the team used real history to inform Mafia III's characters and overarching narrative, and the decisions that drove the inclusion of sensitive issues such as the era's racial tensions.
It was an insightful talk that's definitely still worth watching, so developers shouldn't miss the opportunity to do so now that it's freely available on the official GDC YouTube channel!
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