EA, Paramount reveals details of The Godfather II videogame

Mumbai: Electronic Arts and Paramount Digital Entertainment revealed the first details of The Godfather II videogame, the sequel to the 2007 multi-platinum hit. Inspired by the film and Mario Puzo’s Corleone family drama, The Godfather II game goes beyond the film’s story by setting players in the world of organized crime in 1960’s Florida, Cuba and New York.

Set in an open-world environment, The Godfather II expands on the popular gameplay mechanics of the first game and doubles down on the series’ signature BlackHand control scheme, which now features even more visceral hand-to-hand brutality at your fingertips, introducing a new combo system, pressure tactics, and executions.

In The Godfather II, players will fight alongside their handpicked crews, who have their own skills and expertise. Each family member specializes in a specific field such as demolitions, arson, engineering, first aid and more. As The Don, you control the family, sending some of your men on missions while heading off into action with others. The combination of strategic organized crime gameplay and brutal BlackHand action sets The Godfather II apart from other open-world games.

"In the 1960’s, a mafia Don was only as strong as his family," said The Godfather II executive producer Hunter Smith. "We found the hierarchical culture of organized crime intriguing. Running an organized crime family in a world defined by family loyalty is something that we felt could introduce a new strategic element to the genre. The Don’s View is so unique, it could fundamentally change the rules of open-world games by blending action and strategy to create something entirely new."

"The Godfather has become an exceptional gaming franchise for the Studio," states of for Paramount Digital Entertainment Interactive & Mobile senior vice president Sandi Isaacs. "The videogame takes the story and game play to the next level with an innovative open-world action strategy that is both compelling and intriguing for gamers."

The Godfather II will premiere exclusively on GameTrailers TV with Geoff Keighley on 15 August on Spike TV. The entire episode will be dedicated to The Godfather II including behind-the-scenes with the development team, the debut of the game trailer and a first look at the game itself. The trailer will also be available on 18 August at http://godfather2.ea.com.

Developed at the EA Redwood Stores studio, The Godfather II will be coming to the Xbox 360 videogame and entertainment system, PS3computer entertainment system, and PC in February 2009. The Godfather II has not been rated by the ESRB and PEGI.