Earlier this week, it was all but confirmed that Rockstar Games had acquired developer Ruffian Games. The studio is known for its work on Crackdown and help with porting Halo: Reach to PC. The team has joined Rockstar as Rockstar Dundee to work on future unannounced projects.
“We are thrilled to have Ruffian join the Rockstar Games family,” said Sam Houser, Founder of Rockstar Games. “The Ruffian team are a talented addition to Rockstar’s global studios, and we look forward to working together on future projects.”
Rumblings of a collaboration began last year after Ruffian had been hiring for a Rockstar project. Given they were a third-party and not owned by Rockstar yet, it’s believed they may be working on a remaster. It’s a mystery as to what game it could be if that’s the case.
“We are incredibly excited to be joining the Rockstar team,” said Billy Thompson, Co-Founder of Ruffian. “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.”
It has been two years since Red Dead Redemption 2 released. Rockstar will release a next-gen port of GTA V in 2021 but there’s no confirmation of any other games. Rumors have been swirling about Grand Theft Auto VI being in development but we likely won’t see it for a couple more years. If Rockstar Dundee is working on a remaster of something, it could fill a gap in the company’s release calendar.