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2K Czech

(previously known as Illusion Softworks) is a game development company located in Brno, Czech Republic. read more

Founding date
2008
Address
City: Brno
Street: Turanka 115
ZIP: 627 00
Country: Czech Republic
Number of Employees
51-100
Website
Social Media
Platforms
Genres
Updated
3/17/2016 7:39:57 AM
2K Czech

(previously known as Illusion Softworks) is a game development company located in Brno, Czech Republic.

Description

The company focuses mostly on first-person and third-person shooter games, but is widely known for their Mafia series of video games. Since the foundation in 1997, till the sale to Kush Games (a subsidiary of Take-Two Interactive) ten years later, its owners and key managers were founders Petr Vochozka and Jan Kudera. In September 2008, the company was renamed 2K Czech. As of October 2010, it had 188 employees.


2K Czech

History

The primary mission of Illusion Softworks was to develop games for the PC and game consoles (PlayStation, Dreamcast,Xbox etc.) 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 toVietcong titled Vietcong 2, was released in 2005 (once again in cooperation with Pterodon).

A lesser known game developed by Illusion Softworks was Lurid Land (released March 30, 1998), a platformer-puzzle game.

Silver Wish Games is a division of Illusion Softworks. It is established in 2000.

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

The company was previously composed of two different game studios from Brno and Prague. On January 10, 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.

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.

List of video games

Year
Title
Platform(s)
Windows
PS
Xbox
Other
1999
Hidden & Dangerous
PC
PS1
No
DC
1999
Hidden & Dangerous: Fight for Freedom
PC
PS1
No
DC
2000
Flying Heroes
PC
No
No
No
2002
Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven
PC
PS2
Xbox
No
2003
Vietcong[A]
PC
PS2
Xbox
No
2003
Hidden & Dangerous 2
PC
No
No
No
2004
Vietcong: Fist Alpha[A]
PC
PS2
Xbox
No
2004
Wings of War[B]
PC
No
Xbox
No
2004
Hidden & Dangerous 2: Sabre Squadron
PC
No
No
No
2005
Vietcong 2
PC
No
No
No
2005
Chameleon[B]
PC
No
No
No
2007
Circus Empire[B]
PC
No
No
No
2009
Axel & Pixel[B]
PC
No
X360
No
2010
Mafia II
PC
PS3
X360
OS X
2011
Top Spin 4
PC
PS3
X360
Wii
2016
Mafia III
PC
PS4
XOne
OS X
Notes

A Vietcong and Vietcong: Fist Alpha were released on the PS2 and Xbox as Vietcong: Purple Haze.
B 2K Czech was credited as "Silver Wish Games" for these games.


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