Daniel Vávra

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Daniel Vávra
Born (1975-09-02) 2 September 1975 (age 42)[1]
Rychnov nad Kněžnou, Czechoslovakia
Occupation Video game writer, director, designer

Daniel Vávra (born 2 September 1975) is a Czech video game writer, director, designer and co-founder of Warhorse Studios. He is best known as the author of crime action video games Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven and Mafia II. As of 2016, he is working on medieval role-playing game Kingdom Come: Deliverance.


Daniel Vávra was born in Rychnov nad Kněžnou,[2][3] before moving to Prague.[1][4] Since childhood, Vávra has enjoyed working with computers, drawing comics, and taking photos.[5] He studied at the School of Applied Arts in Turnov and started his career as a graphic designer at advertising company TIPA. He has written numerous articles for the Czech gaming magazine Level[5] and other gaming magazines, and is also a passionate player of paintball.[5][6] He was also an active demoscener, under the pseudonym Hellboy, as part of the group Broncs.[7]

Illusion Softworks/2K Czech[edit]

In 1998, Vávra joined Illusion Softworks as a 2D artist. His first project was Hidden and Dangerous, for which he created some textures.[8] His next project was the highly acclaimed Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven,[9] for which he was the lead designer, screenwriter and director. He later became the leading figure of Illusion Softworks's Prague subsidiary[10] and also worked on Wings of War, released in 2004.[11] He worked on another project, Hi-Tech,[12] but it was cancelled.[citation needed] His last project for Illusion Softworks (renamed as 2K Czech) was Mafia II. He left the studio in 2009.[citation needed]

Warhorse Studios[edit]

In 2011, Vávra co-founded Warhorse Studios. He is currently working on Kingdom Come: Deliverance, a role-playing video game that uses Cry Engine 3 set in a medieval-themed open world environment.[13] The game was set to be delivered in Q4 2015 through episodic iterations, and was successfully funded via Kickstarter.

On 9 November 2012, Vávra led a protest against the arrest of I. Buchta and M. Pezlar, Bohemia Interactive Arma 3 developers arrested during their holiday on the Greek island Lemnos. The protest was held outside the Greek embassy in Prague.[14]

On 2 April 2015, Vávra (Warhorse Studios) announced that Kingdom Come: Deliverance was delayed until Summer 2016, and the game was later delayed until 2017.

Video games[edit]


  1. ^ a b Obchodní rejstřík na justice.cz, IČ 24155489, Warhorse Studios s.r.o. (formerly Prague Game Studios s.r.o.), Czech
  2. ^ "Daniel Vávra (Person) - Giant Bomb". Retrieved 17 September 2014. 
  3. ^ "Jay Diesel v rozhovoru pro HipHopStage nabízí nejen slíbenej new mixtape ke stažení!". HipHopStage. 
  4. ^ "Řecká pomsta českým vývojářům. Dan Vávra polemizuje s Janem A. Novákem". Reflex.cz. 
  5. ^ a b c "Bio - Hellboy". danielvavra.com. 
  6. ^ "Military Paintball Community Camping 2010 < Articles - Hellboy". danielvavra.com. 
  7. ^ http://zine.bitfellas.org/article.php?zine=13&id=19
  8. ^ "Mafia 2 - Rozhovor s Danielem Vávrou - na Scorpions.cz". 
  9. ^ "Mafia for PC Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 17 September 2014. 
  10. ^ Tiscali. "Na čem pracuje pražská pobočka Illusionu?". Games.cz. 
  11. ^ a b c d "Daniel Vávra Video Game Credits and Biography - MobyGames". MobyGames. Retrieved 17 September 2014. 
  12. ^ "HiTech". YouTube. 
  13. ^ "I do care for a next-gen medieval RPG with no fantasy • Eurogamer.net". Eurogamer.net. 22 January 2014. Retrieved 17 September 2014. 
  14. ^ "Jailed ArmA 3 devs send letter from prison as Czech protests escalate • Eurogamer.net". Eurogamer.net. 29 November 2012. Retrieved 17 September 2014. 

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