Rockstar purchases Crackdown 2’s Ruffian Games

Crackdown studio is now Rockstar Dundee

Rockstar Games has added UK studio Ruffian Games to its ever-expanding portfolio, rebranding its latest acquisition “Rockstar Dundee,” after the Scottish developer’s home city. Rockstar Dundee joins a lengthy list of studios operating under Take-Two Interactive in the UK, Canada, and North America.

Founded in 2008, Ruffian Games has mostly operated alongside other developers, working on a range of various Microsoft Studios titles and ports. The studio is best known for its sci-fi open-world sequel Crackdown 2, which launched on Xbox 360 back in 2010. The Ruffian team includes developers gathered from studios such as DMA Design and Climax.

While the acquisition by Rockstar is a relatively new announcement, it seems that the two companies have been working together for at least the past year on a selection of unspecified titles.

The purchase of Ruffian Games will help bolster Rockstar’s ranks as it enters a whole new generation of gaming, one which will no doubt see the blockbuster studio embark on new entries in franchises such as Grand Theft Auto, Red Dead Redemption, and Table Tennis*.

Rockstar buys Crackdown 2 developer Ruffian Games [The Gamer]

*Perhaps not this one.

Chris Moyse
Senior Editor - Chris has been playing video games since the 1980s. Former Saturday Night Slam Master. Graduated from Galaxy High with honors.