Mafia 3 didn’t shy away from its depictions of racism. After all, it focuses on a black man in the American south in the wake of the Vietnam War. It was either portray it accurately or hide it.
The game hits the racism head on, with the slight caveat of a warning at the start. This was what the area was like in that time period, even though the developers were ashamed of it. For good or ill, they were accurate in their portrayal.
However, there is one thing that the developers left out of the game: a cold open. In it, the developers showed Lincoln Clay reasons for going to Vietnam in the first place. The sequence focuses on a younger Lincoln, and some friends, being attacked by racists.
Things quickly got out of hand, and Lincoln fleed to Vietnam. It’s quite different than the opening that Mafia 3 fans are used to. But, it’s never going to be seen, as the developers have completely erased it.
According to them, it’s because it was too violent, even by Mafia 3‘s standards. There’s also the fact that, because it was created so late in development, it didn’t fit with the rest of the game. People involved in the altercation wouldn’t comment on it at all throughout the game.
Andrew Wilson, who worked on the game, said:
“That whole cold-open has been burned from our servers. It literally does not exist. Because if ever that had come out without any context in any form it would have looked terrible, because disconnected from the game it’s obviously even more shocking.”
Source: PC Gamer.