2K Games has announced today that Playboy has signed a licensing agreement for Mafia II that will enable the developer to feature 50 Playboy covers throughout the gaming experience. All 50 magazines can be collected as you progress through the game and will undoubtedly be one of the Trophy awards that you can potentially earn (it has to be, right?).
“While most mob-inspired games’ emphasis is solely on action, Mafia II features a deep and compelling narrative that is embellished with a sophisticated, era-evoking atmosphere,” said Christoph Hartmann, president of 2K. “In partnering with Playboy, we are able to add a unique element of authenticity to the game by using vintage images from the magazine that illustrate the power of Playboy’s influence on the attitudes and culture of that generation.”
Playboy’s Editorial Director Jimmy Jellinek seems excited about the partnership, “Mafia II is set when Playboy first came into vogue and features characters whose style and attitudes mirror content from our early issues. We’re excited to bring an element of authenticity to the game that is unmatched in the men’s publishing category.”
Perhaps the continued release of information regarding Mafia II will save it from being the one title pushed back into 2011 as reported on last week.