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Rockstar quietly acquires Ruffian Games

The season of game industry acquisitions continues this week, this time with Rockstar picking up some new talent. The famed Grand Theft Auto developer has picked up Ruffian Games, known for working on Microsoft exclusives like Crackdown 3 and Halo: The Master Chief Collection. 

Ruffian Games is now known as Rockstar Dundee, joining a growing list of UK-based Rockstar studios. A specific announcement wasn’t made, so we don’t know how much money changed hands in this deal, but it is an interesting move nonetheless.

Ruffian Games has been a support studio for many years, working on Crackdown 2, Crackdown 3, Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Grand Theft Auto and Red Dead Redemption. Given Ruffian’s previous relationship with Rockstar, the acquisition makes perfect sense.

There is no word on what Ruffian, now Rockstar Dundee, will be working on moving forward but chances are, they’ll be helping out on Grand Theft Auto 6.

KitGuru Says: Rockstar is a very secretive studio, so I’m not too surprised that there was no noise around this until now. Hopefully later next year, we’ll get a good idea as to what Rockstar’s next big project is. 

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