Rockstar acquires Mad Doc

Grand Theft Auto studio cements ties to Massachusetts-based developer of Bully: Scholarship Edition, Empire Earth II.

Despite a rash of show-stopping crash bugs in the Xbox 360 edition of Bully, Rockstar Games was apparently pleased with the port job performed by Mad Doc Software. The Grand Theft Auto developer today announced that it has acquired the studio and renamed it Rockstar New England. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Before handling the Xbox 360 port of Bully, Mad Doc developed Star Trek: Legacy for the PC and Xbox 360, as well as PC games like the real-time strategy game Empire Earth II, and the Dungeon Siege expansion Legends of Aranna. The studio has also created its own game engine and AI middleware solutions.

Rockstar did not announce what its new branch's first project would be, but Mad Doc founder and Rockstar New England studio head Dr. Ian Lane Davis said in a statement that the team is "eager to bring our expertise to bear in the character-driven, open-world stories that make Rockstar Games titles so uniquely compelling."

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suds100
suds100

Rockstar is riding on more faith than they have.

cooldude03
cooldude03

Cool that gives EA another company to put out of work when they take over. I hope this is a hint that Take2 isn't going to give in to EA's buy out.

zeeshan810
zeeshan810

that''s sound cool* R* goooo Rrrrrrrr...RRRockstargames

JGoWild
JGoWild

ha.....in your face EA.

maaly81
maaly81

good for them. if they buy up some other good mid major companies, they probably look to save themselves from being taken over

jknight5422
jknight5422

Funny. They're gobbling companies while they themselves are about to be gobbled up.

BigDaveyDogz
BigDaveyDogz

Maybe Take Two and R* are trying to rival EA instead of being gobbled up by them...this would be fantastic in my opinion. And not because I'm an EA hater...I love a whole lot of EA games. I just want some competition so we all get better games!

Nintendo_Ownes7
Nintendo_Ownes7

@ cowman_53 Really because I'm from Pennsylvania and I always considered it Mid-Atlantic because that is what the schools around here always told us.

Proman84
Proman84

So far. this company has had a pretty poor track record but I hope they'll improve. They'll probably make a PC port of "Bully", which is good news. Maybe Rockstar is just trying to make itself bigger, so it would be harder for EA to swallow it?

HK88
HK88

I wonder what kind of game Rockstar would have made out of the fallout license that Beth bought. R's open world, do anything seemed perfect for Fallout. I hope this will slow EA's Blitzkrieg through the gaming world.

Erebus
Erebus

I wonder how this will effect the proposed Take2over.

cowman_53
cowman_53

Nintendo_Ownes7, Pennsylvania is in New England... For all of the Glitches Bully has had I really did enjoy it. I think that if Mad Doc will have time to complete their projects they will make some really great stuff.

Diernes
Diernes

Rockstar should have brought Iron Lore instead.... R.I.P

werc96
werc96

You know what would be awesome, amazing,,,and a killer laugh?? If rockstar(2k) all of a sudden becomes this hugeeee developer after another big IP they come out with aside from gta....and they buy out EA..hahahaha...Id enjoy that.

Lord_Artix
Lord_Artix

An attempt to hold off EA maybe?

pRADKL
pRADKL

Mad Doc is good.Let's hope for some good games

salman06p0020
salman06p0020

Rockstar. Rockstar. Rockstar. EA just leave rockstar alone. Do anything you want but never buy off creativity with money.

Richmaester6907
Richmaester6907

Maddoc is often rushed into making games maybe being part of rockstar will give them an oppurtunity to do better games if only rockstar had the star trek licence :( legacy 2 would be around the corner

mattcake
mattcake

Wow thats strange, after the laggy, messy port of Bully I almost expect a "bye Mad Doc, youve had your shot and you blew it" kind of attitude. I was under the impression the engine for Bully was written from the ground up by Mad Doc, and while there was no doubt a lot of legacy ps2 code unoptimised for the xbox (and a fair bit of gta3 code if you look around at the bugs like people doing 3 point turns in the middle of the road) it still ran very badly imo. Id like to see what they can do from scratch, but buying them seems unnecessary imo.

Koal_Jadian
Koal_Jadian

All they make are bugged incomplete games then?

alanorman
alanorman

Mad Doc are quality development team, and a very creative one. One that definitely goes along with the creativity of people working at Rockstar (no matter which of their offices). Good move by R*. I am looking forward to hearing more news on the first project Rockstar New England will be working on. Good luck!

Nintendo_Ownes7
Nintendo_Ownes7

@DocGonzo1971 I'm sorry but I have to say this Ben Franklin wasn't from New England he was Pennsylvanian. Now that that is out of the way I do picture something like that but not Ben Franklin more like Samual Adams or some other famous New Englander.

nappan
nappan

Very nice business moves... I wonder if R* is preparing to bail if EA snags T2.

Agreb91
Agreb91

Hopefully the games will be less buggy now.

Z3R0B4NG
Z3R0B4NG

I want more Star Trek! Legacy was weak :-/ And the german Sync was pure suckage... not even the sync voices from the original cast :ugly:

yoyoman10
yoyoman10

ea got bioware, and rockstar decided to get mad doc? how odd.

antrosg24
antrosg24

they buy other companies to be stronger against ea

brain20035
brain20035

I hope some good may come of this...

NecroCharm
NecroCharm

Why are they buying up devs when EA is on their backs?

gamerjerome
gamerjerome

I bet Rockstart said to Mad Doc.. "Well you screwed up" You're our b**** now!

xcollector
xcollector

After my experience playing Bully (360) with all the performance issues I can't see anything good coming from this deal. At least now I know to be cautious, or just avoid anything made by Rockstar New England.

DocGonzo1971
DocGonzo1971

Rockstar New England? How many is that now? The name makes me think of Ben Franklin with a guitar.

Valkyrie_44
Valkyrie_44

Rockstar could've done better than acquiring Mad doc, it is my hope that they fire most of the programmers at the former Mad Doc, and replace them with better programmers. Star Trek: Legacy was never completed, choose either the X360 or PC they both sucked chrome off a bumper. Bully had bugs in it that should've never been there, and most of their other titles lacked any major support from them. I really hope Mad Doc doesn't bring their "expertise" to if they do Rockstar will learn how to profoundly suck wind like a hoover.

Briantb_2008
Briantb_2008

Starcraft is still consider to be the best of the old games I have friends that still play it. Xbox 360 has to many issues to count of its the truth deal with it people. Anyways its good to hear rockstar is growing I've always found them to be a company that pushes it to the limit when it comes to grapic violence but I've never found it to be a bad thing.

ColdfireTrilogy
ColdfireTrilogy

Ususally PC games have a much longer shelf life than any console game. I dont see peole still playing much halo2 online or rainbow six vegas .... i still see people playing massive amounts of CS 1.6 and Quake 3 along with VERY old MMOs and might i say warcraft 2 diablo2 and starcraft ...

Dragon_Nexus
Dragon_Nexus

Rockstar absobs a company...everyone cheer. EA absorbs a company...everyone boos.

DeathStar17
DeathStar17

theonlyGAMESTER Why would they make only pc games? They can make far more money producing console titles.

rayzor6
rayzor6

Angelcage...I wouldn't worry about Take Two or Rockstar selling out...worry about their stockholders selling to EA when they are buying it for twice what it's worth! That is how they are trying to get Rockstar since they rejected their bid.

Somebody89
Somebody89

Doubt this will turn off EA but its good to see that Rockstar is still going strong.

theonlyGAMESTER
theonlyGAMESTER

Rockstar's acquisition of Mad Doc is a risky one if their focus is to use them for console games. Bully was one major screw up on Mad Doc's part. Hopefully they designate them on computer game design only. This will not detract EA from purchasing Take-Two... This deal is very irrelevant to them. This might even drop take two's stock down in price. EA will most likely acquire take two sometime in 2009. They might just purchase them, downsize the 2k devision, and take a hand's off approach. You have to be stupid to think EA would kill the money making franchises.

AngelCage
AngelCage

So... if EA want buy take two... and take two owns rockstar.... and the only thing in the world ea wants is rockstar.... and now rockstar is BUYING Mad Doc and renamed it Rockstar New England... then... ... Maybe the EA proposal is permantly in the trash bin.... This made my day and weekend!!!!!!!!

SweetMusic
SweetMusic

Awesome Rockstar! More proof that Take 2 Games can do JUST FINE, if not BETTER than EA!

gasmaskman
gasmaskman

Rockstar New England....sweet :)