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Crackdown 2’s Ruffian Games acquired by Rockstar Games

Crackdown 2 developer Ruffian Games was acquired by Rockstar Games earlier in the month, changing its name to Rockstar Dundee in the process.

As first spotted by The Gamer, a Companies House filing history listing reveals that Rockstar made the acquisition on 1 October 2020, with the developer’s name change locked in on 5 October 2020. The transaction was done with little fanfare, though the studio has since taken to Twitter with the news.

There’s no word yet on when Ruffian Games will be changing the name of its Twitter account… or if the studio will continue to present as Ruffian despite the name change.

The Scotish-based studio will join other Rockstar studios based in the UK (Rockstar London, Rockstar Leeds, Rockstar Lincoln and Rockstar North), the USA and Canada (Rockstar New England, Rockstar New York, Rockstar San Diego and Rockstar Toronto) and India. There’s no word as yet as to what the studio is working on at present.

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