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Rockstar Acquires Ruffian Games, Rebranded to Rockstar Dundee

Rockstar Acquires Ruffian Games, Rebranded to Rockstar Dundee - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 November 2020 / 2,085 Views

Rockstar has acquired Crackdown 2 developer Ruffian Games and rebranded the studio as Rockstar Dundee after its location in Dundee, Scotland. The rebranding took place on October 6, according to the Companies House listing.

Ruffian Games has also collaborated with Microsoft and 343 Industries on Halo: The Master Chief Collection, as well as Kinect games released in 2012 to 2014. 

Rockstar Dundee was listed on the Rockstar Games careers page before being removed. 

Ruffian Games via Twitter announced in October 2019 that it was hiring engineers to work on unspecified titles for Rockstar Games. 

Thanks, TheGamer.


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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4 Comments
AFattyGamer (on 12 October 2020)

If you're under the Rockstar branding, you have automatic respect and clout in this gaming industry. Congrats to Ruffian Games :)

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Vendrom (on 13 October 2020)

It’s sad that Rockstar usually removes the original name of an acquired studio, it actually wipes off a part of its personality. That being said, good luck to the studio under the Rockstar family!

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Soren0079 (on 12 October 2020)

Wow, that's a blow to Microsoft. If there was one studio you'd think they would buy it would be this one.
But they do have a lot of old GTA devs at that studio so it's not too big of a leap for them.

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