Rockstar acquires Ruffian Games — the British video game developer best known for developing Crackdown 2, and has rebranded the company as Rockstar Dundee.
Named after the Scotland city where the company is based in, Ruffian has been working with Rockstar since last year and has been assisting them in developing their games according to a report by The Gamer.
Founded in 2008, the former Ruffian Games was formed by Gary Liddon, Billy Thompson, and Gareth Noyce, and consisted of a team of developers who have worked in games such as Fable II, Cracdown, and Project Gotham Racing. Their best known work in Crackdown 2, which was released in 2010 for the Xbox 360. The company also worked on the following sequel Crackdown 3, as well as teaming up with lead developer 343 Studios to make Halo: The Master Chief Collection for the Xbox One and PC — a collection of Halo games which consisted of Halo: Combat Evolve Anniversary, Halo 2: Anniversary, Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST, Halo: Reach, and Halo 4.
The news of the acquisition adds to speculation that Rockstar is increasing its production capacity and adding new blood to their ranks, especially a company that has developers who have had experience working on their own titles such as the Grand Theft Auto franchise and Manhunt series.
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