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Ex-Crackdown, Fable Dudes Turn Ruffian

New Scottish studio features minds behind several big franchises, already equipped with a publishing deal.

Ruff!
Not long ago, we were discussing a rumor about a potential Crackdown sequel in the works. If that game is indeed being made, its production will lack one of the higher-ranking members of the original game's team. Billy Thomson, formerly of Realtime Worlds, is one of numerous seasoned industry vets who have founded Dundee, Scotland-based Ruffian Games. Thomson was one of the guys Microsoft sent on press junkets to promote the first Crackdown before it came out, so you know he was pretty high up over there. He's now acting as creative director at Ruffian.

(Unless, of course, Ruffian is somehow working on the Crackdown sequel while Realtime finishes up APB, in which case Thomson will totally also work on it. But the rest of the original team won't.)

The entire studio's collective resume is pretty impressive, actually, peppered as it is with other names like Fable, PGR, Mortal Kombat, and Grand Theft Auto. (Perhaps you've heard of them.)

As for what the company is doing now, their official site has this quote.

All we can say about our current project is it's signed with one of the world's biggest and most successful publishers and on a great project we're really excited about.

Sounds promising. Make a great game, y'all. Hit up the Ruffian site for more info on the other people currently aboard, as well as quite a few job openings. Brad Shoemaker on Google+
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Posted by Brad
Ruff!
Not long ago, we were discussing a rumor about a potential Crackdown sequel in the works. If that game is indeed being made, its production will lack one of the higher-ranking members of the original game's team. Billy Thomson, formerly of Realtime Worlds, is one of numerous seasoned industry vets who have founded Dundee, Scotland-based Ruffian Games. Thomson was one of the guys Microsoft sent on press junkets to promote the first Crackdown before it came out, so you know he was pretty high up over there. He's now acting as creative director at Ruffian.

(Unless, of course, Ruffian is somehow working on the Crackdown sequel while Realtime finishes up APB, in which case Thomson will totally also work on it. But the rest of the original team won't.)

The entire studio's collective resume is pretty impressive, actually, peppered as it is with other names like Fable, PGR, Mortal Kombat, and Grand Theft Auto. (Perhaps you've heard of them.)

As for what the company is doing now, their official site has this quote.

All we can say about our current project is it's signed with one of the world's biggest and most successful publishers and on a great project we're really excited about.

Sounds promising. Make a great game, y'all. Hit up the Ruffian site for more info on the other people currently aboard, as well as quite a few job openings.
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Edited by Ben_H

Open world racing games with Fatalities and  good/evil mechanics?

Edited by Matt

... I would buy that

Posted by jakob187

Brad said y'all.

Posted by Jayge_

I'm expecting great, great things.

Posted by norton123

Sounds cool. Good luck to them.

Posted by AndrewB

Always good to hear of new studios; especially when, for the past year, it seems like all we've heard about from the gaming industry is layoffs and cutbacks. Well, I suppose we've heard about that from more than just the gaming industry...

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Posted by FLStyle

Good to see new studios in the UK, although it always reminds me of the lack of support the gaming industry gets from the government compared to other parts of the world.

Posted by ShadowDoGG

Yes! Lets make britain top dog again. We do make some great games i.e. GTA4

Posted by Hamz

Awesome, Dundee, Scotland......I live in Scotland, I visit Dundee regularly.....now if only I was qualified for a position :(

Edited by Double0hFor

crackdown was like crack the first go around, hopefully this will kick it up a notch...like meth

IF they both make it

Posted by JJOR64

JUST GIVE ME CRACKDOWN 2!  GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR, ME SMASH!

Posted by Scooper

I'd like to get my Crack down!

Posted by ManMadeGod

Please be Crackdown 2!

Posted by SLE4ZY

Please let it be Crackdown 2. I would love to play the sequel to one of the best sleeper hits on my Xbox 360.

Posted by Civraz

sounds promising indeed

Posted by JoelTGM

Crackdown 2 would be cool, but when it comes to this kind of sandbox game I'm more interested in Prototype.

Posted by KingOfIceland

Hopefully it won't be some studio with dudes that are tired of "hardcore" games and make nothing but dumb flashgames and a MMO that tanks 4 months after release

Edited by theuncannygiraffe

Dundee - good place to work and live, I'd reckon. Has an ALL NIGHT BAKERY! Yesthatsright!  In case that sweetens the pot on any of those job for all ya. ;)

I'm glad to see a,  new company on the up in these days of closures, and b, that Scotland is producing what could be awesome games! (we suck atall sports except curling, and our national food is sheep entrails - tasty sheep entrails which go great with turnip and mash, but entrails non the less. Gaming is our ray of light for contribution to the international stage!!! lol)

Posted by Zereta

Hope its Crackdown 2. Game kicks ass.

Posted by ElectricHaggis

Good to see some more studios in Scotland. 

Posted by stan

"...one of the world's biggest and most successful publishers..." hmm

Posted by crunchUK

can only be EA lawl

Posted by Media_Master

don't know enough yet

Posted by Bulldog19892
Ben_H said:
"Open world racing games with Fatalities and  good/evil mechanics?"
That sounds amazing. I'd want to play is Knight Rider.