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2K to restructure Mafia dev

Prague studio to close with remaining staff relocating to nearby Brno; Some to be transferred to California

Publishing label 2K Games is to restructure its Prague studio, the company has confirmed to CVG.

It is unclear how many jobs will be lost as some development resources are transferred to the company's other Czech Republic studio based in Brno. The publisher said it also has an additional plan in place to relocate some staff from both Czech studios to the corporation's California studio.

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2K Games' Prague studio, formerly known as Illusion Softworks, was responsible for the popular PC title Mafia 2. It was rumoured, though not confirmed, that the development outfit was working on Mafia 3.

"We have relocated and consolidated our 2K Czech team from our Prague facility to centralise resources in our Brno studio," a 2K representative told CVG.

"Additionally, we are transferring some development resources from both Prague and Brno to 2K headquarters in Novato, California. 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."

It is unclear to what extent the restructuring will affect ongoing projects at 2K Czech. In August 2012 it was rumoured that the group was developing Mafia 3 for next-generation consoles as well as PC.

Mafia 2 was released to mixed response by critics. CVG's review praised the title, claiming in its Mafia 2 review that "at times it all comes together perfectly, and these moments that stick with you".

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