According to the latest reports, Rockstar Games have purchased Crackdown 2 developer Ruffian Games. The publisher reportedly rebranded the newly-acquired studio to Rockstar Dundee.
Rockstar Games, the creators of the iconic franchises such as Grand Theft Auto and Red Dead Redemption, now own the developer of Crackdown 2, Ruffian Games, according to a report from The Gamer . The publisher rebranded the studio to Rockstar Dundee.
The acquisition does not come as a big surprise since Ruffian assisted Rockstar in the development of their major titles. Additionally, Ruffian studio employed developers who previously worked on Rockstar's titles Manhunt and Grand Theft Auto series.
In October 2019, Ruffian Games were looking for engineers to work on unspecified titles for Rockstar Games but at the moment, it is not clear what exactly Rockstar plan with Ruffian.
It is possible they are simply adding numbers to help other teams with new Grand Theft Auto games (GTA V next-gen, GTA VI). Also, the rumoured Red Dead Redemption Remake could be real and Rockstar potentially see Ruffian as the studio that will deliver the title, given their experience with The Master Chief Collection.
Rockstar Games are yet to announce their next big project but some reports claim that Grand Theft Auto VI is in the works and could be set in Vice City. As for other franchises, a new Bully game was also rumoured to be in development but don't get your hopes up just yet, since these are unconfirmed rumours.