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Rockstar Games is a development division of video game publisher Take-Two Interactive. The brand is most known for the Grand Theft Auto series. It is comprised of studios that have been acquired and renamed as well as others that have been created internally. While many of the studios that Take-Two has acquired have been merged into the Rockstar brand, several other recent ones have retained their previous identities and have become part of the company's 2K Games division.

The Rockstar Games label was founded in 1998 by Sam Houser, Terry Donovan, Dan Houser, Jamie King and Gary Foreman. Donovan has since left the company, to be replaced by former Capcom managing director, Gary Dale. Dale, along with Sam and Dan Houser is the leadership now.

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Rockstar studios

Logo Name Notes
Rockstar Leeds Previously known as Mobius Entertainment and are based in Stanningley, Leeds. They created the GTA Portable series.
Rockstar Lincoln Quality assurance and localization studio, formerly Tarantula Studios.
Rockstar London Formed in November 2005. Worked on Manhunt 2
Rockstar New England The newest R* studio, formerly Mad Doc Software. Incoporated in 2008, they are best known for Empire Earth III.
Rockstar North The best known Rockstar company, based in Edinburgh, Scotland. They were previously known as DMA Design. They are famous for their Grand Theft Auto series.
Rockstar San Diego Previously known as Angel Studios of Midnight Club and Red Dead Revolver fame.
Rockstar Toronto Take Two's in-house development team, previously known as Rockstar Canada. Their most well-known work is their adaptation of the cult classic film The Warriors.
Rockstar Vancouver Previously known as Barking Dog Studios. They recently completed and released Bully.
Rockstar Vienna Previously known as neo Software; closed on May 11, 2006
Rockstar Japan Tokyo based studio founded in 2005. Work in conjunction with developer Capcom on Japanese localisations of numerous games by Rockstar. Also known as 'Rockstar Games Tokyo'.

Other companies that have developed for Rockstar Games

  • Bungie, of Halo fame, developed the game Oni. Before Bungie was bought by Microsoft, Halo was to be released on PC, Mac, PlayStation 2 and Sega Dreamcast with Rockstar as the game's publisher.
  • Capcom had early development in Rockstar San Diego's Red Dead Revolver and currently owns the publishing rights to the Grand Theft Auto series in Japan.
  • Dubtitled, in collaboration with Mic Neumann on State of Emergency and Grand Theft Auto series.
  • Digital Eclipse Software collaborated with Rockstar North on Grand Theft Auto Advance.
  • Edge of Reality developed Monster Truck Madness 64.
  • Opus, in collaboration with ASCII Entertainment developed Surfing H3O.
  • Pixelogic developed The Italian Job.
  • Remedy Entertainment developed the Max Payne games.
  • Team Bondi is currently developing L.A. Noire for Rockstar.
  • VIS Entertainment is known for developing the State of Emergency game.
  • Z-Axis developed Thrasher presents Skate and Destroy.

Notable Games & Series

  • Grand Theft Auto
  • Red Dead Revolver
  • Red Dead Redemption (April 27th 2010)
  • Manhunt
  • The Warriors
  • LA Noire (Uncomfirmed release date)
  • Bully
  • Bully: Scholarship Edition (X Box 360 exclusive)
  • Table Tennis
  • Midnight Club series
  • Oni
  • Wild Metal
  • Smuggler's Run

Films

Rockstar Games are credited as executive producers of Sunday Driver and The Football Factory.

Trivia

  • John Carter from the NBC drama ER has a Rockstar logo on his locker.
  • Seth Cohen from the Fox drama The O.C. has a Rockstar North logo on his bedroom wall.
  • Trevor Morgan (actor) from the movie Mean Creek has a Rockstar logo on his bedroom wall.
  • At the beginning of Scary Movie 2, a Rockstar Games Logo poster can be seen.
  • In the TV series Grounded For Life, there is a Rockstar logo sticker on the Finnertys' fridge.
  • In the TV series Malcolm in the Middle, there is a Rockstar logo sticker on the family's fridge.

External links

  • Rockstar Games
  • Take-Two Interactive
  • Rockstar Games entry at MobyGames

Studios

  • Rockstar North
  • Rockstar Toronto
  • Rockstar Leeds
  • Rockstar San Diego
  • Rockstar Lincoln
  • Rockstar New York
  • Rockstar Japan

This article uses material from the "Rockstar Games" article on the GTA wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.







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