Godfather 2 and multiplayer mode both available at launch

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EA’s upcoming The Godfather II game will feature a new multiplayer mode called “Don Control” that will be available as a free patch on release day. The online mode adds a level of strategy game to the action of the Godfather II by letting players build a family; command them in battle; and view the action from a removed perspective –  like a respectable Don.

Here’s how EA describes the mode:

Players can now challenge one another in 16-player battles for their in-game currency from the single-player game. As a Don online, players can recruit others to join their family by giving them a cut of the profits. But if a player loses as Don, the in-game currency they wagered will be removed in their single-player campaign and their empire can come crumbling down.

The development team behind Godfather II took the “Don’s View” strategy aspect of the game seriously enough to build an entire tabletop board game around it, in order to perfect the balance. Not only is the paper version of the Don’s View playable, it’s actually very fun. 

The Godfather II of the greatest films of all time. The challenge is, can we expose a new audience to the Godfather fiction? This is a 35 year old movie, but it’s absolutely as relevant today as when it came out. It’s just a brilliant film. So we took key moments from the film, brought those into the game, but we also integrated the game with a lot of really interesting mobster history.”

Game hit stores April 7 i know i’m gonna pick it up, are you?