Mafia 2 to use NVIDIA to the MAX

Mafia 2 was already shaping up to be a fairly decent game, but a new release from 2K games reveals that it will be using all sorts of NVIDIA technologies to crank itself up even more. PhysX, 3D Vision, and something called APEX will all be showcased.

2K Games Partners with NVIDIA to bring PhysX and 3D Vision to Mafia® II for Windows PC

Mafia II first game ever to utilize NVIDIA APEX Clothing module to recreate dynamic and lifelike movement in clothing

New York, NY – May 18, 2010 – 2K Games announced today a partnership with NVIDIA® to bring NVIDIA PhysX® technology to all versions of Mafia® II, the epic mobster crime drama coming to the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and Windows PC. Additionally, the Windows PC version will feature a thorough integration of NVIDIA PhysX and 3D Vision technology into 2K Czech’s Illusion Engine™. Mafia II will be the first Windows PC game ever to utilize the NVIDIA APEX Clothing module, providing an immersive gameplay experience in the world of 1940s and 1950s Americana.

The integration of PhysX and NVIDIA APEX technology, including the APEX Clothing and Particle modules, enable the city and personalities of Empire Bay to truly come alive on Windows PC. The NVIDIA APEX Clothing module allows for more dynamic movement in clothing, making in-game characters even more realistic and reactive to environmental conditions. With the implementation of NVIDIA APEX Particles, players are engulfed in lifelike explosions that are bigger and brighter, including weapon fragments, in-game debris and destructible environments that are amplified in both quantity and realism through the integration of APEX Particles. For example, a pistol fired into a glass pane will emit hundreds of glass shards; a shotgun blasted through a wooden landing will splinter the wood; and a Tommy Gun will chip into a brick or stone wall to methodically fracture and break it into pieces.

“We are extremely excited about the upcoming launch of Mafia II for Windows PC,” said Drew Henry, general manager of GeForce business at NVIDIA. “With support for GPU-accelerated PhysX and 3D Vision, gamers will be able to experience the mob world in a whole other dimension. Gamers are in for a real treat.”

Mafia II for Windows PC will also be playable in full stereoscopic 3D, courtesy of NVIDIA 3D Vision* technology, which combines high-tech wireless glasses and advanced software to create an impressive element of authenticity and immersive realism. Players will be blown away by the added depth of field on display as particles and explosions come off the screen in thrilling 3D.

Mafia II will be available in North America on August 24, 2010, and internationally on August 27, 2010. Mafia II is currently in development by 2K Czech, the same creative team behind the award-winning, genre-defining Mafia®, which captivated millions of gamers around the world.

Mafia II is rated M for Mature by the ESRB. For more information on Mafia II, please visit www.mafia2game.com.

For more information on NVIDIA APEX, please visit http://developer.nvidia.com/object/apex.html.

For more information on NVIDIA 3D Vision, please visit: http://www.nvidia.com/3dvision.

2K Games is a division of 2K, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO).

* Nvidia 3D Vision Sold Separately

NVIDIA is really pulling out all of the stops on this one. Check out the screens they shared to show off the new effects.


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