What The Heck Happened to Mak Corp?

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Mak Corp

Back in the day when modding was key to rFactor’s success, one of the top modding teams was Mak Corp, who developed quite a few mods for the sim, along with other titles, like Race 07. The group was looking to jump to the next generation of sims, with content for rFactor 2 and Assetto Corsa. However, they have been dormant for nearly 8 months now, so what’s going on?


What Mak Corp Had in Development

Mak Corp seemed to be one of the busiest teams in the third party Sim Racing world, with plenty of cars spanning different disciplines:

 

Mak Corp Group C

  • They had a Group C mod in development for rFactor 2, which featured the Mazda 787B, Sauber C11, and the Porsche 962C. The mod was last updated at version 0.9.6 in October of 2016.

    Mak Corp McLaren

  • A “F1 Classics” roster of cars was set for release both in rFactor 2 and Assetto Corsa:
    • The McLaren MP4/8 and MP4/9 were in development for rFactor 2. Version .01 was released December 2014
    • The Williams FW26 was also in development for rF2, with the most recent release (.91) being released October 2016
  • The only car to reach version 1.0 is the McLaren MP4/4, released for Assetto Corsa. Version 1.0 was released in February of 2016

    Mak Corp IFS3

  • The International Formula Series 3 mod for rFactor 2 and Assetto Corsa simulated the popular Formula 3 Series, and was actually pretty darn good! The Assetto Corsa version was .95a, released in June 2015, and the rFactor 2 version (.9) was released in September 2014.

Other content was in development, and the modding group had a reputation of also helping out other developers. They created some content for rFactor 1, and Petros Mak claimed they helped develop the model for the Dallara DW12 for rFactor 2. Most notably, they also developed cars for Project CARS, and were featured in the credits.


Here’s where things start to get weird…

Despite all of this, despite a lot of content actually being very close from 1.0 release, the last update we saw was October of 2016. The last actual Facebook update regarding content was on New Years Eve 2016, saying that “2017 is going to be a big year”.

8 months later, and we haven’t heard a peep from Mak Corp regarding content. Granted, we did get two posts, one marketing a Humble Bundle that featured Project CARS, and the other stating that they had nothing to do with the Vegas Visa E-Race.

And here’s where things get even weirder… I’ve been friends with Petros Mak on Facebook for a few years now. I decided to check his profile and see if he posted anything recently, but I couldn’t find his profile at first. Then, I realized he changed his name there, to “Mak Corp”. The location also changed, from Victoria, Australia, to Colorado Springs, CO. That’s nearly halfway around the world!

Then, I notice someone named “Petros Mak” joined the “Sim Racers” group on Facebook (which I am a moderator of). I look at the profile, and it looks quite weird. Despite featuring the same birthday as “Mak Corp”, Petros’ profile looks largely different than what you’d expect from a nearly 35 year old man.

So, apparently Petros Mak develops anime-style Graphic Novels in his spare time?

While Mak Corp has definitely made some great content in the past, especially in the golden age of rFactor modding, it seems like the Mak Corp of today is just about non-existent, after over half a year of total silence. Digging deeper into this, it seems to be a very weird and unusual story. What are your thoughts on the seemingly fall from grace that Mak Corp has gone through?

  • Oliver

    You must do your research a little better because MAK has rarely released finished mods. They had one MMG release. None of their mods are good.

    Their quality has been widespread known as subpar outside of visuals. That is because they had artists who contracted professionally and the main source of their professional work.

    Petros himself has a dodgy history which can be found through posts by users who interacted with him repeatedly over the years, over a decade ago. Your Facebook findings confirm to you the strange aura around him.