Swoop on Dundee business
GTA developer Rockstar North buys Ruffian Games
Grand Theft Auto is the world’s biggest-selling computer game
Rockstar North’s US parent group Take-Two has acquired a controlling interest in a Dundee firm which has worked on a number of its top-selling games including Grand Theft Auto.
Ruffian Games, also known known for working on Microsoft exclusives such as Crackdown 3 and Halo: The Master Chief Collection, has legally changed its name to Rockstar Dundee.
It has been a support studio for many years, and most recently collaborated on Rockstar’s Red Dead Redemption.
There is speculation in the industry that it will be helping out on Grand Theft Auto 6.
The notoriously secretive Rockstar North is based in the former headquarters of The Scotsman in Holyrood Road, Edinburgh.
In August it lost veteran Grand Theft Auto writer and producer Lazlow Jones.
He worked on the series for nearly 20 years as a writer and producer and is arguably best known for producing the dialogue for the series’ characters and satirical radio stations.
He said at the time of his departure that he was working on several projects, including development of shows for Disney and Netflix and “consulting for a video game company”.
“I worked for nearly 20 years at Rockstar Games as a director, producer and writer for history-making franchises Grand Theft Auto, Red Dead Redemption, Bully, Max Payne, Midnight Club and more,” he said on LinkedIn.
“I built and led teams of writers, producers, illustrators, animators, motion graphics artists and video editors to help create some of the biggest and most influential media across entertainment including the over $6bn grossing Grand Theft Auto V.”
He was the second of the company’s top team to leave this year, following the departure of Dan Houser, Rockstar’s creative lead of more than 20 years, in March. Four years ago the company’s president Leslie Benzies made a surprise exit.