Mafia III introduces racially diverse main character

The third installment of the Mafia video game series will have a main character with a mixed racial background. The character, Franklin Clay, is an orphan in his early 20s who has just returned from Vietnam to his hometown of New Orleans, La. in the 1960s.

The setting of the game is 1968, making Clay’s hometown a part of the segregated South. Since his race is a combination of black and white, he feels like an outsider to both communities.

As an orphan, Clay attempts to find a sense of family in the black mafia of New Orleans, but the majority of them are killed by the Italian mafia. In order to get his revenge, he teams up with leaders of different gangs to eradicate the Italian mafia in New Orleans and take over their territory.

This installment of the Mafia series stands out since the main character is not the of majority race, which is something that has not happened often in the video game industry.

The game helps to make a statement that there needs to be more diversity in the video game industry because not many video games claim to have a multiracial character.

Since Clay is multiracial, it will be interesting to see how both the black and the white citizens of New Orleans treat him, especially taking into account the era in which the game take place.

Clay’s race is not the only thing that makes the game interesting; it is his background as well. Since he is an orphan, it will be interesting to see who he considers his family and why.

In the trailer promoting the game, Clay said that “family isn’t who you’re born with. It’s who you die for.” Mafia III will be released on Playstation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The game release is expected some time this year.

Eric Taunton
Staff Reporter

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