“The Godfather” inspires new social media Mafia game

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Do you know anyone who plays the elaborate “Mafia Wars” via social media? Have you seen posts and status updates on Facebook confirming kills, hits and explosions? There’s a good chance you’ll see that kind of criminal activity increase tenfold.

Kabam, a San Francisco-based game design firm, is launching “The Godfather: Five Families” as a direct competitor to Zynga’s “Mafia Wars,” THR reports. Based on a license from Viacom’s Paramount Pictures, the game “takes place in New York City in the 1930s, a decade before where the first movie in the film trilogy starts,” with players occupying characters who are “born into one of the five mafia families featured in the franchise and must fight or scheme their way to the top to become don.”

The game will be free, though players may have to spend money to upgrade weapons or unlike special abilities.

“We’re bringing a hard-core mafia experience to social games,” said Kabam COO Chris Carvalho. “We think there’s a completely untapped audience for that.”

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