Rockstar Games has allegedly bought out Crackdown 3 co-developer Ruffian Games

Crackdown 3 Ruffian Games

Rockstar Games, the publisher of Grand Theft Auto and Red Dead Redemption 2 has bought Ruffian Games. Ruffian Games is the co-developer of Crackdown 3. And, this is why the developer has been rebranded as Rockstar Dundee. Well, Ruffian Games has been acquired by Take-Two Interactive and this is why it became a part of the Rockstar Games. 


Rocstar Dundee was previously known as Ruffian Games. The franchise is a British game developer and is based in Dundee. The company was found back in April of 2008 by Gary Liddon, Billy Thomson and Gareth Noyce. The developer franchise is mainly known for its Crackdown 2. This title was launched back in 2010.


Rockstar Dundee or Ruffian Games has developed the following game:

  • Crackdown 2 for Xbox 360
  • Kinect Playfit for Xbox 360
  • Fragmental for PC
  • Crackdown 3 for PC and Xbox One
  • RADtv for PC

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Additional (assisted) works by Rockstar Dundee:

  • Kinect Star Wars for Xbox 360 (lead developer: Terminal Reality)
  • Nike + Kinect Training for Xbox 360 (lead developer: Sumo Digital)
  • Kinect Sesame Street TV for Xbox 360 (lead developer: Soho Productions)
  • Kinect Sports Rivals for Xbox One (lead developer: Rare)
  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection for Xbox One and PC (lead developer: 343 Industries)
  • Crackdown 3: Wrecking Zone for Xbox One and PC (lead developer: Elbow Rocket)

Rockstar Dundee has been assisting the development of some unspecified titles for Rockstar’s games since 2019. These titles are yet unannounced. Also in August 2020, the studio began a similar hiring spree in August 2020. Also, all the positions were named as projects with our partner Rockstar Games.

This studio also helped 343 Industries on Halo: The Master Chief Collection and Terminal Reality on Kinetic Star Wars.

Rockstar Games has bought Ruffian Games. Therefore, this company has been rebranded as Rockstar Dundee. 


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