It Looks Like Take-Two Registered A Number Of Mafia 3 Domains
Take-Two is usually very careful about its domain registrations. If you look up the WhoIs entry for Battleborn.com and Borderlands.com, you’ll find that the publisher’s name doesn’t appear.
Instead of Take-Two, the domain is registered via proxy (a common tool for keeping prying eyes a step away from potentially troublesome information). This morning, four domains related to Mafia 3, the long-awaited next entry in the series, popped up online.
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They were found by NeoGAF user “ekim” on Daily Changes, a website that tracks domain registrations. The four websites in question, Mafia3TheGame.com, MafiaIIITheGame.com, MafiaThree.com, MafiaThreeTheGame.com.
As this story was being written, we watched as all four domains were changed from Take-Two (as seen above) to a proxy service. We’ve reached out the publisher for comment and will update should we receive are response.
Update: To cast a wider net, we checked out the NBA 2K and BioShock domain registrations. Both of those reflect the same information seen in the image above, including the registrar. Given that Borderlands and Battleborn are both Gearbox properties (and may have been registered by the developer rather than 2K), we wanted to share expanded information.
While the proxy service in question isn’t the same one related to Battleborn.com and Borderlands.com, the change I witnessed happen in real time is curious. It seems very likely that Mafia 3 is in development and Take-Two accidentally tipped its hand.