2K Czech

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For the Japanese company also known as Illusion Soft, see Illusion (company).
2K Czech a.s.
Formerly called
Illusion Softworks
(1997–2000)
Silver Wish Games (2000–2010)
Subsidiary
Industry Computer and video games
Interactive entertainment
Founded 1997
Headquarters Brno, Czech Republic
Products Mafia (2002–)
Number of employees
66 (2015)
Parent Take-Two Interactive
Website Official website
Illusion Softworks logo

2K Czech a.s. (previously known as Illusion Softworks and Silver Wish Games) is a game development company located in Brno, Czech Republic. The company focuses mostly on first-person and third-person shooter games, and is widely known for the Mafia series. Since the foundation in 1997, till the sale to Kush Games (a subsidiary of Take-Two Interactive[1]) ten years later, its owners and key managers were founders Petr Vochozka and Jan Kudera.[2][3][4] In September 2008, the company was renamed 2K Czech.[2] As of October 2010, it had 188 employees.[5]

History[edit]

The company's first well known game was Hidden & Dangerous, a tactical shooter game in 1999, where the player takes control of a four-man British Special Air Service team executing a number of important sabotage and/or rescue campaigns during World War II. This game also represents the beginning of cooperation with worldwide publisher Take-Two Interactive.

Their first 3D game was the not so famous - Flying Heroes, which featured fantasy mid-air action duels. In this game, Illusion Softworks presented a brand new 3D engine called the Ptero-Engine (named after The Pterodon company, which co-developed the software).

The company prepared its own LS3D engine for the game Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven, which was first released in 2002. The game met with great acclaim from critics and was even labeled the best game about the Mob because of its original plot and revolutionary capabilities within its gameplay.

In 2003, Illusion Softworks released two games. The first being a first-person shooter entitled Vietcong, which was situated in the Vietnam War. This game had also been developed alongside Pterodon, using their enhanced Ptero-Engine II. The second game was a continuation to their first tactical shooter: Hidden & Dangerous 2, also made with the LS3D engine. The official sequel to Vietcong titled Vietcong 2, was released in 2005 (once again in cooperation with Pterodon).

In August 2010, they released Mafia II, the long-awaited sequel to the original Mafia game. That same year, they also released three DLC missions for the game. 2K Czech released their first sports game, the third sequel to the popular tennis franchise: Top Spin 4. They were working on another first-person shooter game entitled Enemy In Sight, but it is currently shelved.

On 1 September 2011, it was reported that 40 staff members from Brno studios and 10 from Prague studios had lost their jobs.[6]

The company was previously composed of two different game studios from Brno and Prague. On 10 January 2014, 2K Games announced that the Prague branch of 2K Czech is to be closed and relocated to Brno. Also some developers from Prague and Brno are being transferred to 2K headquarters in Novato, California.[7]

In 2015, with the announcement of Mafia III, 2K Czech announced via their website that they will be helping to assist Hangar 13 to develop the game.[8]

Games developed[edit]

Year Game Platform(s)
1998 Beavis and Butt-head: Bunghole in One Microsoft Windows
1999 Hidden & Dangerous Dreamcast, Microsoft Windows
2000 Hidden & Dangerous: Fight for Freedom Microsoft Windows
Flying Heroes
2002 Mafia Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2, Xbox
2003 Vietcong Microsoft Windows
Hidden & Dangerous Deluxe
Hidden & Dangerous 2
2004 Vietcong: Fist Alpha
Wings of War Microsoft Windows, Xbox
Hidden & Dangerous 2: Sabre Squadron Microsoft Windows
2005 Vietcong 2
Chameleon
2009 Axel & Pixel Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360
2010 Mafia II Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
2011 Top Spin 4 PlayStation 3, Wii, Xbox 360
2016 Mafia III[a] Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Cancelled[edit]

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ Additional work
Footnotes
  1. ^ http://www.secinfo.com/d12atd.vEx.9.htm
  2. ^ a b Commercial register at justice.cz, identification number (IČ) 25347004 (till 2002 Jan Kudera held most of his stake in Illusion Softworks via his company Cash Reform Group, s.r.o.)
  3. ^ Annual report of Illusion Softworks, a.s. for 2003, auditor PricewaterhouseCoopers Audit s.r.o.
  4. ^ Annual report of Illusion Softworks, a.s. for 2007, auditor BDO Prima Audit s.r.o. (at the end of 2007 the sole owner of Illusion Softworks, a.s. was Kush Games, Inc.)
  5. ^ Evaluation of 2K Czech by PricewaterhouseCoopers, 17 December 2010, available at justice.cz
  6. ^ Crossley, Rob (1 September 2011). "40 staff axed from Mafia studio 2K Czech". Develop. Intent Media. Retrieved 10 January 2014. 
  7. ^ Purchese, Robert (10 January 2014). "2K Czech restructuring, Mafia 3 moving to US?". Eurogamer. Gamer Network. Retrieved 10 January 2014. 
  8. ^ http://www.2kczech.com/about2kczech/

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