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Mafia creator founds new studio Warhorse

Veterans of the Mafia, UFO and Operation Flashpoint series are working on a mysterious new RPG at their new development studio, Warhorse.

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Mafia creator Dan Vávra has founded a new development studio with Martin Klíma, founder of UFO series developer Altar Games, supported by folks with experience on Operation Flashpoint and Mafia. Warhorse Studios, as it's called, is working on a mysterious unannounced RPG.

"There is a common thread running through our previous games: open worlds, strong storyline and, last but not least, realistic design. We can proudly say that the games Mafia and Operation Flashpoint were the vanguard of this approach and millions of players worldwide clearly share our view."

"Even if our new project is different in many respects, it is a game that is not going to disappoint fans of open realistic worlds and quality stories. We are positive we are not making this game for ourselves only but for you as well," Warhorse explains on its website.

Along with Vávra and Klíma, Warhorse has the talents of Mafia series animator Zbyněk Trávnický and Viktor Bocan, a writer and designer who worked on Bohemia Interactive's original Operation Flashpoint Arma.

Warhorse is based in Prague. If you fancy working in the Czech Republic's capital and have skills sufficient to pay the bills, Warhorse is hiring for positions including level designer and net admin.

From The Chatty

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    July 26, 2011 6:00 AM

    Alice O'Connor posted a new article, Mafia creator founds new studio Warhorse.

    Veterans of the Mafia, UFO and Operation Flashpoint series are working on a mysterious new RPG at their new development studio, Warhorse.

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      July 26, 2011 9:45 AM

      Good. Mafia 2 was hijacked and ended being thoroughly unimpressive.

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        July 26, 2011 10:11 AM

        I must be another rare fan I loved Mafia 2. I thought the linear/open world feel really worked well. It helped keep the story flowing well with giving the feeling of being able to go where you want. SPOILER I liked how the story had different time periods/seasons and set pieces. I also picked up the Joes Adventure pack (thank you cheap steam sale) and while not nearly as great as the Vito story I still liked it.

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          July 26, 2011 12:02 PM

          100% agreed.

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          July 26, 2011 10:20 PM

          I don't know about you and other Mafia 2 fans, but my issue with Mafia 2 was it was such a huge step back from what Mafia 1 was. It was enjoyable, but no where near enjoyable as the first.

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          July 27, 2011 3:28 AM

          I also liked it, however it could have been much better. I would have given anything for them to release a patch/DLC that filled out the missing bits of story that were cut to make the deadline.

          It's a Good Game.

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      July 26, 2011 10:59 AM

      lots of great talent there...

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      July 26, 2011 12:20 PM

      This studio instantly became the one to follow for me.