Here I was hoping that 2K delayed doling out Mafia III review code as some sort of cheerful Doom-esque surprise. "You thought it would be bad, but actually it's excellent and one of the best games of the year!"
Who knows, maybe Mafia III is good—but today's news certainly isn't. Upon receiving review code ahead of tonight's launch, PC Gamer booted the game up only to find that it's apparently locked at 30 frames per second. Yes, on the PC. Popular Twitch streamer Cohh Carnage noticed the same limitation while broadcasting Mafia III today, a day ahead of the game’s release tomorrow.
While not exactly a world-ending catastrophe, it doesn't speak volumes about the quality of the PC port. Batman: Arkham Knight is the last PC game I can think of to launch with a locked 30fps frame rate, and…well, I shudder to even invoke Arkham Knight's name here, lest we jinx Mafia III further. Suffice it to say, something as basic as a locked frame rate on PC—at least in this sort of big-budget game—often indicates a questionable port in other areas too, though Cohh Carnage’s stream suggests the rest of the game holds up pretty well.
That said, a 30fps lock is a deal-breaker for some PC gamers. Cross your fingers that it's fixable, and not a situation akin to Dark Souls II where some vital piece of the engine is locked to frame rate or what have you. We'll keep an eye out and report back soon.