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Rumour – 2K Czech on Grand Theft Auto V, Mafia III

Tuesday, 6th March 2012 02:57 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Mafia II developer 2K Czech is contributing to Grand Theft Auto V, VG247 has been told.

A source told us the Czech studio has been working on the game for almost a year, putting its cinematic expertise to work in producing animations for cutscenes and general gameplay.

The Rockstar-led project was announced in November 2011, but platform and release information is yet to surface.

The tech sharing goes both way, with Rockstar opening its secrets to 2K Czech. Our source tells us the collaboration is part of Take Two’s plan to turn the Mafia series into a major franchise.

2K Czech’s next game, Mafia III, has apparently just gone into full development after a year of thorough pre-production, in which the game’s concepts and tech were stripped back to basics and rebuilt.

Our source has no details on Mafia III’s intended release window or platforms, but noted that 2K was in attendance at the “Durango” developer’s summit in London, rumoured to be an insider reveal of the next Xbox console.

Mafia II released in August 2010 and received extremely divisive reviews, with critics praising its story, characters and richly-detailed world but criticising the gameplay.

When approached for a statement, 2K advised it does not comment on rumours.

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5 Comments

  1. CaptainSmokey

    Yeah there was a lot of missing elements from Mafia ll, looks like they make take may advertise it to be as big as Red Dead Redemption and L.A. Noire.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. tylerzjones

    Consider dropping collision and/or comprehensive coverages on older cars. Search online for “Clearance Auto” If your car is worth less than 10 times the premium, purchasing the coverage may not be cost effective.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. triggerhappy

    The world 2K Czech created for Mafia II sucked me right in… loved the bit at the beginning where your walking home with the suit case, snow falling, christmas songs playing and people walking about doing what ever it is people do. It set the tone and atmosphere nicely. And what a beautiful engine that is they created… looked absolutely gorgeous in 1920×1080. I would DEFINITELY like to see more Mafia.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. DSB

    I was surprised by how good Mafia II actually was. It’s absolutely true that the world was mostly a dead backdrop, but as opposed to games like LA Noire it wasn’t a bad or unneccesary backdrop. Driving was actually fun and detailed, and the city looked great.

    It was too short, too cliche and it had lots of bad decisions put in (like removing all of your weapons, punishing you for speeding etc.) but it wasn’t a bad game.

    In my dreams 2K Czech would go back to make a sequel to Hidden and Dangerous 2. The world needs it.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Ottoship

    As far as I’m concerned there was NOTHING wrong with Mafia II ! It is my second favourite game (after the Assassin’s Creed series).
    I can’t wait for Mafia III I just hope the nostalgic ‘atmosphere’ of the game is not spoiled by bringing it too up to date. A mistake that Call of Juarez made with “The Cartel” (playable, but no where near as enjoyable as ‘Bound in Blood’) I would be sorry to see the back of Vito and Joe.

    #5 2 years ago

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