Take-Two Interactive are one of the biggest names in the video game industry. Responsible for 2K Games and Rockstar Games, it owns an awful lot. Recently, in its latest financial presentation, it provided details of what it had planned for the future. Amongst these details was the confirmation that Take-Two has three unannounced remasters in the works.
Before you jump the gun and get overly excited, there is more to this. For one, the parent company emphasises that ‘some of these titles will not be developed through completion, or some may be delayed’. Also, we have no idea what games these could be and they are most likely not what you want.
What is it remaking?
Historically, Take-Two hasn’t been the biggest proponent of remasters. Even its most successful series, Grand Theft Auto, has never received a single remaster over its extensive 24-year history. The settings of Liberty City, Vice City, and San Andreas are re-used but an actual remake has yet to surface.
The 2k Games side has provided more efforts to remake old titles. Both the Bioshock and Borderlands series saw remasters for its earlier titles. These were mostly released to modernise fan favourite games, ready to be bundled together to resell them on newer hardware.
So what games are going to be turned into remasters by Take-Two? Certainly, an older Grand Theft Auto title is a possibility. Specifically, somewhere between GTA 3 and GTA San Andreas seems most likely. I doubt we’ll see a Vice City remake as it is heavily speculated that GTA 6 will be set in Vice City anyway.
Otherwise, I’d place my bets on Bully and Midnight Club. Both are series that gamers loved back in the day but were left behind in favour of other projects. They are well known enough to build hype and could even be used to gauge if there is a market for potential future sequels.
In a recent update, Rockstar Games confirmed it has acquired Scottish game development studio Ruffian Games. The Dundee based developer is best known for its work on the Crackdown franchise. Although it has also assisted Microsoft with other Xbox exclusives such as Halo and the Kinect games.
With the acquisition now complete, Ruffian Games have officially been rebranded as Rockstar Dundee. This change sees Rockstar Games make its return to Scotland for the first time since 2001. That’s when a little known studio called Rockstar North was purchased, arguably the publishers most successful acquisition to date.
Welcoming Ruffian to the family
With this acquisition Ruffian Games are the tenth company to join the Rockstar family. The other already integrated British studios are its London, Lincoln, and Leeds based teams. Outside of Rockstar India and Toronto, the remainder are scattered around the United States.
Legendary game developer and company founder Sam Houser had the following to say: “The Ruffian team are a talented addition to Rockstar’s global studios, and we look forward to working together on future projects.” Meanwhile, Ruffian Games head Billy Thomson made it clear that he is “incredibly excited,” to be joining such a reputable publisher.
Ruffian Games have already had ties to Rockstar in the past. Just last year, it was announced that the two had partnered up to create “multiple games.” The developer also followed that up with several listings for new positions. Considering this it seems likely that Ruffian Games has taken a sizable job on under Rockstar’s mentorship.
As for what that is, only time will tell. Although for most gamers there’s only one game related to Rockstar that we’re all waiting for. But if a report posted by Kotaku earlier this year is true, Grand Theft Auto VI isn’t even close. Let’s just hope that Ruffian Games can at least speed up its development a little.