In a move that’s almost sure to guarantee more Grand Theft Auto Online content, Rockstar Games has acquired Ruffian Games, the developer of Crackdown 2. As is standard procedure for the juggernaut label, it’s rebranded the studio Rockstar Dundee – and you can see confirmation of that courtesy of a Companies House listing on the UK government’s website.
As late as last October, Ruffian Games was hiring for work on “unspecified titles for Rockstar Games”, so the buyout probably makes sense all things considered. Unfortunately, with the label pledging practically its entire existence to Grand Theft Auto V’s multiplayer mode, it’s unlikely to mean much for those hoping for more out of the firm.
A true PlayStation veteran, Sammy’s covered the world of PS gaming for years, with an enormous Trophy count to prove it. He also likes tennis games way more than you.
Aside from Rockstar North and Rockstar San Diego, none of their studios even make games anymore. They are all just support studios that do patches and ports.
Interesting how Rockstar is becoming like Valve in terms of sticking to revenue based business vs the creative end.
I don’t understand how it takes that many studios to make GTA online content plus work on (presumably) one game at a time. Unless the studios are insanely tiny.
Shame my sister’s moved down from Dundee now after graduating, I used to go up all the time and it’s a lovely (sort of) city! They have a thriving game development scene too and a rich history!
When do we expect gta6 and will it mostly be built around online gameplay rather than single player?
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World news – GB – Rockstar Acquires Ruffian Games, Rebrands Rockstar Dundee