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Crackdown 2 developer Ruffian Games has confirmed it’s been acquired by Rockstar and said it’s excited to work on the GTA firm’s entertainment properties.
“We are thrilled to have Ruffian join the Rockstar Games family,” said Rockstar founder Sam Houser in a prepared statement. “The Ruffian team are a talented addition to Rockstar’s global studios, and we look forward to working together on future projects.”
Billy Thompson, co-founder of Ruffian and one of the original GTA designers, added: “We are incredibly excited to be joining the Rockstar team. Not only do we have the opportunity to work on some of the most successful entertainment properties in the world, but Rockstar’s investment in our studio is a great sign for the continued expansion of game development here in Scotland.”
The studio’s team of around 40 people have experience working on early Rockstar titles from the Grand Theft Auto and Manhunt series.
Ruffian announced last year that it was working on multiple games alongside Grand Theft Auto developer Rockstar.
A recent Kotaku report claimed work on the unannounced next GTA title was “still early in development” and that it could be “moderately sized” upon release, partly to reduce employee stress and crunch, before being regularly expanded over time.