Rockstar Games has acquired Indian art production studio Dhurva Interactive from struggling game publisher Starbreeze AB for $7.9 million. The news, first reported by GameIndustry.biz, was shared ahead of Take-Two Interactive’s FY19 Q4 earnings release, who is the parent company of the Grand Theft Auto and Red Dead Redemption game publisher.
Dhurva Interactive was originally founded in 1997 before its initial acquisition by Starbreeze in 2016 for $8.5 million. The Indian team is typically known for its work on assets for other gaming franchises which have been outsourced to them.
In addition to working on Starbreeze's Payday 2, the art production studio has also worked with Microsoft on a variety of its gaming franchises, including the Forza Motorsport and Forza Horizon series of games, in which it has assisted developers Turn 10 Studios and Playground Games on bringing vehicle models, track environments and other art assets to life in-game – including the iconic Hot Wheels vehicles, as well the Rocket ’69 from Bethesda’s Fallout 4, as notable examples.
Dhurva is also credited for their work on other Xbox Game Studios titles, such as Quantum Break, Halo 5: Guardians and Sea of Thieves. The Indian art team has also worked on Insomniac’s Spider-Man and Creative Assembly’s Alien Isolation.
In a press release shared by Dhurva Interactive, the team confirmed that it will continue working on its current projects for business clients and other game studios whilst also operating under the Rockstar India umbrella and assisting the current Bangalore-based team of approximately 500 game developers with both current and future titles for Rockstar Games.
“Dhruva Interactive has been a beacon of Indian game development for decades and we are excited to bring them into the Rockstar family,” said Daniel Smith, Studio Manager of Rockstar India. “The addition of the Dhruva team to the existing talent at Rockstar India will expand the studio’s capabilities and reinforces our belief in and commitment to the local development community.”
“Rockstar Games are the undisputed leaders of innovation and creativity in modern game development, said Dhruva CEO and Founder Rajesh Rao. “Dhruva Interactive was founded with the aim of creating a world-class game development community in India, and so bringing the Dhruva team under the Rockstar Games label is further proof that we have succeeded in creating a talented team that can contribute to the best games in the world while helping to create a thriving local game developer community in India.”
Rockstar Games is expected to complete its acquisition of Dhurva Interactive within the coming weeks, after which it will officially become integrated with the Rockstar India team.
In other related news, Forza developer Turn 10 Studios recently announced that it has expanded its art team with talent credited for their work on acclaimed flagship titles like Grand Theft Auto V and Red Dead Redemption 2, making the first-party Microsoft racing game team the biggest it’s ever been in its history.
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