Rockstar Games has acquired Dundee, Scotland-based Ruffian Games and rebranded it Rockstar Dundee, the company announced.
“We are thrilled to have Ruffian join the Rockstar Games family,” said Rockstar Games founder Sam Houser in a press release. “The Ruffian team are a talented addition to Rockstar’s global studios, and we look forward to working together on future projects.”
Ruffian Games was founded in 2008 by Gary Liddon and Billy Thomson. The studio has partnered with Microsoft to work on the Crackdown series, Halo: Reach from the Halo Master Chief Collection, as well as worked on many other projects. Its staff of 40 have even worked on some early Rockstar titles from the Grand Theft Auto and Manhunt series. Both Liddon and Thomson will remain on-board as co-studio directors of Rockstar Dundee.
“We are incredibly excited to be joining the Rockstar team,” added Ruffian Games co-founder Billy Thompson. “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.”