Take-Two sees through Illusion

Publisher buys out Czech company currently working on gangster action adventure Mafia II.

Take-Two has decided to kick off the new year in the way many consumers have been--by splashing out. The company, which already owns Rockstar Games, Global Star Software, 2K Games, 2K Sports, Gotham Games, and others, has a new addition to its stable--Czech company Illusion Softworks.

Illusion Softworks is based in Brno in the Czech Republic and also has operations in the country's capital, Prague. Established in 1997 by Petr Vochozka and venture outfit Cash Reform, the developer has worked on games, including Mafia, the Hidden & Dangerous series, and Vietcong. The company is currently known to be working on Enemy in Sight and Mafia II.

Ben Feder, CEO of Take-Two, commented that the deal was part of the company's bid to continue to expand its ownership of "high-value" IP. In December, the company confirmed the existence of 2K Marin, a studio based in California and rumoured to be working on BioShock 2.

Illusion Softworks will be renamed 2K Czech as part of the deal. Financial terms of the acquisition were not revealed.

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MAFIOSO_13
MAFIOSO_13

I don't care about the company name i want mafia 2 to be released soon as possible

OdinBear
OdinBear

Got Mafia running on my laptop with vista-64 bit sys. If Mafia 2 is anything like the original it deserves to be a winner. Thank F*** ea has nothing to do with it. look how they ruined the Need for Speed series by dumbing down to console controls and options. I have Porsche Unleashed and it rocked in every way, changing tire pressures for different surfaces etc, etc, Mafia was such a fresh original game!!.. Just keep Mafia 2 the same (Original) Illusion Softworks / 2K Czech "Well Done" ( not a gta clone fan)

VercettiTommyy
VercettiTommyy

Mafia was the best game ever.Can't wait for Mafia 2

arrow89
arrow89

hope it will be release as soon as possible

BloodMist
BloodMist

Mafia, Hidden and Dangerous 2, and Vietcong, all fantastic games.Such a wonderful developer, i hope they don't get screwed over by EA.

majidok
majidok

Well , Illusion Softworks 3 games , Mafia, the Hidden & Dangerous series, and Vietcong , are among the top seller pc-games of all time , according to wikipedia's list of best-selling video games .

kaziechameleon
kaziechameleon

well it's cool to see so many of my favorite devs under one roof, it's not cool to see EA trying to buy up them all.

GRaider1
GRaider1

Mafia was the kind of game you dont get often. Great, multiple cutscenes and an in-depth storyline.

ahmed22
ahmed22

lets wait and see :) god! cant wait for the mafia sequel....

madmachinegun
madmachinegun

Illusion's games have been well-conceived, but I've always got the feeling that they didn't have enough people or funding to actually FINISH them. Assuming T2 doesn't fire the entire staff, I think T2's resources can help Illusion finally put out some amazing games. That being said.... H&D3!H&D3!H&D3!H&D3!H&D3!H&D3!H&D3!H&D3!H&D3!H&D3!H&D3!

dragonsama
dragonsama

Darn! and here I thought that Rockstar bought the Famous H-Game maker. There goes my hopes of seeing Sexy Beach 2 in the US.

arrrpirate
arrrpirate

no probs, i was confused by the term once long ago :)

iamjct212
iamjct212

thank you ARRRpirate, i appreciate your help

arrrpirate
arrrpirate

IP in this case means "Intellectual Property". For example, "Mafia" is an IP. Just like Halo or Call of Duty or something like that is an IP. They consider it important to own high value IPs so that they can make sequels and make money off something people are already familiar with. A good IP like Halo is like a license to print money or can also be leveraged by a first party to help sell more systems.

iamjct212
iamjct212

What do they mean by "IP"? I know its not internet protocal.

brain20035
brain20035

mafia 1 was the best game ever! it was so cool. hope mafia 2 can keep up with the reputation

FraserAlexander
FraserAlexander

GIVE ME SNIPER ELITE 2 2K! ...buy Rebellion and pay them enough to make it KILLER!

BlackTargetmark
BlackTargetmark

Let's just hope that Mafia II, at least, could be equal to GTA: VC. The screenshots made clear that the graphics are already been one of its forte, while we still must wait for the gameplay stuff.

thug_angel123
thug_angel123

veitcong was incredible though it never got a true sequel...

football_legend
football_legend

Mafia is still my fav game of all time. Take 2 is a great company and hope they will support D I all the way. I cant wait to see the Mafia II.

leesius
leesius

at least it was'nt ea this sounds good to me

hilltops
hilltops

yeah it took me a while to get into mafia..i didnt realise it had an auto aim function like gta.. eventually though i figured it out..yes i want mafia 2..BADLY!! :D

tus1pcg1
tus1pcg1

Mafia was a damn fine game. Fun! I will definitely be picking up Mafia II.

coreyq
coreyq

the owner of GTA buy the people who made Mafia. I Enjoyed that game on pc. I always felt like it could of had more of a GTA feel though. Nice move t2

beanofengland
beanofengland

mafia 2 will be pretty good, lets hope they can get some better voice actors this time round. voices during cutscenes were fine, but people in streets and responses in the taxi missions were just laughable. quality game though back in the day, i've started playin thru again recenlty, it has its faults, but you can tell they put a lot of effort into mafia

Pete5506
Pete5506

mafia 2 is going to rock

gifteddie
gifteddie

take-two ftw cant wait to play mafia 2!

Rayze78
Rayze78

The first one is one of my all time favorite games...hopefully the second will live up to it!

zaidpass
zaidpass

NEver played the first one , but I might buy the 2nd one

Ash_Korsair
Ash_Korsair

wow 256 bit.... now there is a frase i havent seen in a while. respect!

kayn83
kayn83

haha 2k czech, that's so awesome (I'm of czech descent)

Derek321
Derek321

Sure it will better on the newer 256 bit platforms. The old game was awesome and pretty addictive.

anacardo
anacardo

More money for the czech guys, that's awesome. With all the good ideas they had in the past I was really so ashamed by the fact that they couldn't exploit some of them due to financial restriction. I can't wait to play Mafia II and I'll be glad to see another H&D title as well... My only concern... who's gonna publish "enemy in sight" now?

42316
42316

this publisher buying out developers doesnt seem like such a bad thing, as someone who knows jack squat about the effects of this to the consumer, this is what I think of it............Rich publishers buy out quality smaller developers, give them more cash to spend on their games, making them better and more polished........in the end, we get better games........thats my theory

DonutTrooper
DonutTrooper

Not even more companies will stop Take-Two from having more frequent leadership changes than a Somalian city, but good luck, that's all I have to say.

kori911
kori911

Ehh, Mafia 1 was ok. The driving was horrible though, and the mini map was sub-par causing you to get lost often. The good news though is that there is a lot to improve upon.

ngdavis
ngdavis

Hey! I lived in Brno for about six months and I had no idea Illusion Softworks was based there!

deadball14
deadball14

with good backing from take-two , common, get the Mafia2 title asap u guys(2k czech) can. Just dying to play that game. Hope 2k czech can live up the expectations and dont disappoint the fans of MAFIA.

pete_merlin
pete_merlin

if mafia 2 is a great game then i dont care :D

p0rkp1e74
p0rkp1e74

it seems like all companies are seeking to have a major share in the minor companies by buying them out and slapping a new label to creatively make us buy their product......and as long as it is great product i say more power to them!!!!!!! Just keep us coming back for more by being unique with the licenses.

club-sandwich
club-sandwich

this are great news, I'm so happy that they're working on Mafia II, the first one is one of the best games ever made IMO.

GeigerdolylWodd
GeigerdolylWodd

On reading this article and reviewing past headlines linked with this company I've come to two conclusions, 1 Gamespot's writers seem to lack the creative panache to come up with an original headline title see D3 sees through Illusion and 2 Take Two has become equally guilty when it comes to naming subsidiary companies 2K Sports, 2K Czech, 2K Marin, 2K Games, Rockstar Games, Gotham Games, I mean c'mon can't you come up with more original names than that without using Games and or 2K in their title?