Mafia 3′s rumoured developer 2K Czech is said to be closing its Prague office amid restructuring efforts at the publisher. Lay-offs and staff moves to the studio’s second Czech office are expected.
UPDATE: Eurogamer has received an official update from 2K Games, which reads, “We have relocated and consolidated our 2K Czech team from our Prague facility to centralize resources in our location in Brno.
“Additionally, we are transferring some development resources from Prague and Brno to 2K headquarters in Novato, CA. This transition will both strengthen the integration of the 2K Czech team with our award winning development teams, and better align cross-functional business practices. As part of this realignment, we are adjusting our staffing levels, resulting in the elimination of some positions.”
ORIGINAL STORY: It comes from a report by Eurogamer CZ, which suggests that 2K Czech will cut down on staff, and move remaining employees to its second office in the city of Brno, which is where Mafia 2 was developed.
In addition, ten prominent developers at the Prague office are being relocated to 2K’s site in Navato, California. Eurogamer ponders whether or not this means Mafia 3′s development has moved to the US.
We know that 2K Czech made a round of lay-offs last year, with one key employee finding his feet at Kojima Productions
We’ll have more as 2K updates us.