Rockstar Games has reportedly bought developer Ruffian Games, the team behind games such as Crackdown 2.
The news comes from a report by The Gamer, which claimed that Ruffian Games has been acquired and has now been rebranded as Rockstar Dundee. The report has since been verified by Video Games Chronicle (VGC).
The studio’s past work includes games such as Halo: The Master Chief Collection and Crackdown 2. As discovered in a Company House Listing, parent company Take-Two is said to have a large stake in the new merger, controlling more than 75 per cent.
Last year (2019), Ruffian Games also announced it would be working with Rockstar Games on numerous upcoming titles, which many assumed would be a Red Dead Redemption remaster following the company’s work on Halo: The Master Chief Collection. However, Rockstar Games announced earlier this year that GTA V will be coming to next-gen systems, suggesting it could be assisting on porting the game instead.
— Ruffian Games (@RuffianGames) October 11, 2019
The job listing on the company’s site stated that it was looking for developers to help create “generalised experience in multiplayer action games developed for PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and future platforms”. It added that “it’s now working closely with Rockstar on upcoming titles,” and that “given Rockstar’s portfolio, it should be reasonably simple to make an educated guess or two”.