Mafia II studio loses 40 staff

Take-Two confirms layoffs at 2K Czech, while affirming commitment to continue making games; cuts mostly made at Brno studio.

Take-Two delivered a batch of "strictly business" news to Mafia II developer 2K Czech today. The publisher has confirmed for GameSpot that it has laid off about 40 staff across its two studios in the Czech Republic at Brno and Prague, with the former outfit suffering the majority of the cuts.

Leaving the Mafia typically isn't this easy.

"2K Czech has realigned its resources to streamline the development process, reduce costs, and maximize studio performance," Take-Two said in a statement. "This will result in the elimination of approximately 40 positions and primarily impact the 2K Czech studio in Brno. While this was a difficult decision, we believe it will benefit the studio in the long term."

The publisher went on to note that the staff cuts will not have an impact on the studio's current development plans. "Our goal to create world-class video game titles remains unchanged," Take-Two continued.

Founded in 1997 under the Illusion Softworks moniker, 2K Czech was picked up by Take-Two in 2007. Beyond the Mafia franchise, 2K Czech is also known for its work on the Hidden & Dangerous series and Vietcong. The studio's most recent project, Top Spin 4, achieved critical acclaim upon its release for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in March 2011. A Wii edition fared considerably worse with critics.

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VirgilHilts1944
VirgilHilts1944

Check out my blog. I have a Mafia walkthrough there :)

grungeman91
grungeman91

Mafia 2 was a great sequel, I liked it much better than the first.

grungeman91
grungeman91

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oldbomb
oldbomb

@holtrocks Lolz. tell me about it.

holtrocks
holtrocks

@oldbomb darn you and that stupid profile picture i just lost 5 min of my life

holtrocks
holtrocks

@oldbomb darn you and that stupid profile picture i just lost 5 min of my life

Quezakolt
Quezakolt

Corporations are the new mafia.

NightFox313
NightFox313

More game company staff members are getting laid off?! What is a game company going to do without the staff? Sure, it might save money for the developers, but come on, it's the hard working people behind the games!

oldbomb
oldbomb

Mafia 2 was not as good as expected but very good nonetheless.

TheBlackKnight3
TheBlackKnight3

@Duke_51 Interesting how you put it, I never really thought of it that way. Maybe its just because GTA rules the crime game market, with very few competitors. I enjoyed Grand Theft Auto IV from what I played story-wise, but I thought the more twisted than satirical take on the American dream from Mafia II had a better place in such a game.

pszone
pszone

Mafia 2 wasnt that bad from take two even 2k games. But guess Mafia series well dead after what happend here. Take two better off doing gta games and red dead but i do thing rockstar should buy them off. Take two try realse scopes but not happen so another year miss realse shame. Wish best luck them finding jobs

coop36
coop36

Shame. Mafia 2 wasnt nearly as bad as some people say it was. Wasnt perfect but no game is.

Generic_Dude
Generic_Dude

Did you check under the couch cushions? Oh, by "lost" you meant that the fatcats at Take Two wanted to save a few bucks by ruining some lives. Gotcha.

Boomer76
Boomer76

Shame but Maffia 2 was quite a big disapointment.

nyran125
nyran125

hidden and dangerous and top spin. Mafia and Mafia 2 were pretty cool games though.

super-hiro
super-hiro

This is sad news for all those people who lose their jobs. On Mafia II, I didn't like it so much. I never ever felt like someone from the mafia.

ash162
ash162

Hey i loved this game! Atleast they didn't close down the studio......

true_gamer007
true_gamer007

Hell, i love the mafia world. never wanted this title to get disturbed.

circus2050
circus2050

40 people fired... I'm sure there will one manager who will be a happy camper with his bonus after this...

Moloch121
Moloch121

@sir00 Its not a sandbox game. GTA and Elder Scrolls are sandbox games. Mafia 1 > Mafia 2 there was just so much missing for me. Also what a weak story I never felt like I was playing a mafioso. Why the hell is Vito so nice compared to any person in the game? I didn't expect to be all Tony Soprano but maybe a little Christopher would have been better.

Duke_51
Duke_51

@TheBlackKnight3 I'd say GTA is more satirical than anything. The theme of all their games seems to be the "American Dream" and how perverted it really is. I guess maybe it is sort of shallow, but only because it's based off a society as ridiculous as ours... I mean, look what's on the radio and TV nowadays. Not that I have anything against Mafia, the first one was excellent, and the second was a lot of fun too. Ah well.

MasterTheHero
MasterTheHero

Damn, I really loved Mafia 2 and was hoping for more. :(

2bitSmOkEy
2bitSmOkEy

Sad, Mafia 2 was truly excellent.

sir00
sir00

one of the better story sandbox game

TheBlackKnight3
TheBlackKnight3

The companies that make great games just do worse, while shallow games like GTA do better. Mafia II had a great story and gameplay, they deserve more recognition.

gix47
gix47

seems like they are just refocusing on what they want to do and my guess they will only pump out one game at a time.

Carlos161
Carlos161

Mafia II is a great game. I'm glad that the studio didn't close and that there is a possibility for Mafia III

HaloPimp978
HaloPimp978

That's too bad hope they find work soon.

_Colossus_
_Colossus_

I hope there are a few jobs for them at Bohemia Interactive or that new Warhorse Studios. They did a pretty good job and their experience is highly valued.

biggest_loser
biggest_loser

I feel sorry for the people who lost their jobs. But this is what happens when you make a lousy game. I suspect a lot of people like this one because its predecessor is a cIassic. Mafia 2 though is one of the laziest games this generation. Its embarrassingly short for an open world game. Yes its about 12 hrs long but its padded out with endless driving, boring tasks like cleaning toilets, having to go home after every mission, choosing clothes and severely underdeveloped mechanics (those repetitive fistfights). Not to mention the awful, convoluted story, which had far too many characters and too many similar threads to both GTAIV and Mafia 1. There isn't even that much shooting game play till the second half. The reviews for Mafia 2 were way too kind. They took a realistic look at the mob and turned it into a half-finished GTA clone.

Fightingfan
Fightingfan

Wow, Mafia2 was the most recent rockstar/2k game besides Bioshock I could finish this gen.

Black_Id_Jenova
Black_Id_Jenova

heh... i smell racist in here... In the end i hope that 40 people who lost their position from 2k will create better game that will make 2k eat their own medicine....

FuryX-4
FuryX-4

Good luck 40 staffs in finding their job. Mafia 1 is good, Mafia 2 is good too. On the other hand, I want Mafia 3. The ending of 2 left me questioned.

alan_carter
alan_carter

Mafia II had great atmosphere, they could've kept the base and improve the fun things 2 do aspect.. And wow, didn't know that they developed hidden n dangerous/vietcong (best vietnam game ever) n top spin series, all great games

ahpuck
ahpuck

Mafia II had everything except fun things to do. Driving 10 minutes to pick up a gun or 10 minutes to bury a body in the park is as boring as stacking crates on the back of a truck.

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DeadrisingX1

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Henoch
Henoch

@ method115 I was under impression that we have a lack of educated ppl in US and thats why we are reaching outside but hnirvana is right. If this is money saving decision then laying off czech team instead od american team is not logical. US is more important ? Have you heard about outsourcing ? I doubt they care who they lay off if it saves them cash.

VivaRevolucion
VivaRevolucion

that's what happens... when you make a fantastic game... and your publisher comes in... and chops it up...and tries to sell it as DLC... Take-Two games, gj, you basically butchered a game with as much quality as a GTA. Not to say Mafia 2 wasn't enjoyable, it's just sad. If anyone needed laying off here, should have been from their marketing department.

pycho22solid
pycho22solid

I'm currently studying game design, I've wanted to for a while, but it seems like I should look into something else- seeing as how I constantly see studios closing and workers getting laid off, GOOD studios at that. ):

method115
method115

@hnirvana Do you have any clue what the people in the US are doing? Why would they lay off the people in Czech instead of the US unless the ones in the US were more important. In the end this was a money saving move if you can't see that it's because you don't know anything about the company.

Diophage
Diophage

@s4dn3s5 I disagree about Mafia II being "way inferior" to Mafia. Mafia II has better gun play, vehicle mechanics, voice acting, and controls. The story wasn't as good, but it did the job just fine. I just think it's stupid how they took out a bunch of crap. Overall, it's a good (maybe even great) game, but it wasn't what they were hyping it to be.

hnirvana
hnirvana

laying off people in Czech???? Why don't you lay off people in the US who is getting a much fatter check than people in Czech and doing nothing related to actual game development???

Jimbowesker
Jimbowesker

Mafia series only games I am familiar with that they were a part of. Too bad they were good games.

vivalatour
vivalatour

That's to bad , i'm sure those people will be picked up like free agents ? they all as a group have talent w/o a doubt ! I was even hoping they would continue somekind of mafia follow ups , kind of like a series ? I also liked it a lot because it was 3RD PERSON ! I have the game and all the DLC that goes with it ! it had much to offer just like the staff !

s4dn3s5
s4dn3s5

Mafia 2 was good, but way inferior compared to Mafia 1.

GAMERALL
GAMERALL

I know this's off subject but I'm sick of people comparing Mafia II to games like GTA IV. Mafia II isn't, and it didn't even try to be, an open world game. Mafia II is a shooter in an open world setting. with melee/stealth/driving elements used to a certain degree. The first Mafia was a pure shooter in an open world setting with driving elements. Mafia II just built upon that without trying to emulate GTA IV and the like.

Taix34
Taix34

Mafia 1 and 2 Were Great, Good luck finding Work to those 40 People

kweeni
kweeni

I hope those guys will find a new job soon. Mafia 2 was awesome.

The_Gaming_Baby
The_Gaming_Baby

Too many people compared Mafia 2 to the GTA series. What they should have been doing was comparing it to the original Mafia game.