Hangar 13 confirmed last year that it had begun development on the next main game in the Mafia franchise, but the developer also appears to be planning how the next few years for the flagship franchise will look like after Mafia 4 (or whatever it ends up being called). Back in May of last year, it was reported that the studio was looking to get permission for the fifth installment to start developing it after the release of the fourth game, and a new job posting posted by the developer may indicate progress in this direction.
A Hangar 13 executive producer job posting posted on LinkedIn says the studio is looking for someone to help develop “Hangar 13’s key franchise,” likely referring to Mafia. According to the announcement, the applicant will “play a vital role in the successful creation of the new game” as well as its post-release content and, interestingly, “planning for the future of the franchise.”
Last May, Hangar 13 saw a series of layoffs following the cancellation of an unannounced open-world game on the new IP, followed by reports that the studio was looking to get approval for multiple Mafia games to avoid similar issues in the future.
As for Mafia 4 itself, the game is ostensibly being built on Unreal Engine 5, and will reportedly serve as a prequel to the original Mafia and take place in Sicily.
Leaks claim that Hangar 13 is also working on a Top Spin 5 game that will come out before Mafia 4.