Source: Microsoft is funding Crackdown 2 development and Ruffian start-up

Friday, 19th December 2008 10:22 GMT By Patrick Garratt


VG247 has is on good authority that Microsoft is funding Scottish start-up Ruffian Games specifically to develop Crackdown 2.

We’ve been told this morning that a significantly-sized group of people resigned from Realtime Worlds approximately two weeks ago to form the new company.

Realtime Worlds has steadfastly refused this morning to give any information on the individuals that left.

A spokesperson told us on the phone that doing so would be “against the data protection act,” and declined to comment in any way.

Ruffian came to light this morning after Gamasutra posted a link to a Flickr set of members of the fledgling firm look at office space in Dundee.

Crackdown lead designer Billy Thomson is involved with Ruffian, as is Xen Group long-timer, Gaz Liddon. Xen provided physics, art and other resources for the original game.

Why Microsoft has decided to go it alone on the sequel is unknown.

The news is no real surprise. Microsoft dropped a heavy hint recently that something was moving forward with a much-wanted sequel, with Xbox Live’s director of programming, Larry Hryb telling MGS boss Phil Spencer in a podcast, “I’m here to tell you on behalf of the community, I want – we need – another Crackdown.

“That’s all I’m going to say, so you don’t have to confirm for deny anything. I’m just saying we want it.”

Spencer replied: “Yes, Crackdown’s one of my favourites. I’ll leave it at that.”

Microsoft UK was unavailable for comment at the time of writing.

Crackdown 2! We are, quite literally, living the dream.



  1. morriss

    Innit! Get the fuck in!!!

    #1 6 years ago
  2. pleasant_cabbage

    Don’t: put in a contrived story, needless characters and filler side missions
    Do: put in a few toys, powers, aircrafts and more multiplayer larks.

    #2 6 years ago
  3. patlike

    *endzone dance*

    #3 6 years ago
  4. Blerk

    In honour of this announcement, I shall download the Crackdown demo tonight.

    #4 6 years ago
  5. Sikamikanico

    I loved the original. Bring on the sequel!

    #5 6 years ago
  6. Blerk

    If this turns out to be true, what will happen to Microsoft’s relationship with RTW, though? Enticing a bunch of their developers to leave and start up on their own by dangling money in front of them is hardly a friendly thing to do.

    #6 6 years ago
  7. bloke

    “A spokesperson told us on the phone that doing so would be “against the data protection act,” and declined to comment in any way.”

    If they were going to take the piss like that, they could have at least gone the whole hog and said it was down to Health and Safety…. :-)

    #7 6 years ago
  8. Whizzo

    Nah it’s a breach of the Corn Laws isn’t it? ;-)

    #8 6 years ago
  9. OJ1984

    As long as they keep the announcer I’ll be happy.

    “I can see my house from here” while standing at sea level!

    And more orbs = GOTY

    #9 6 years ago
  10. patlike

    “That’s the spirit.”

    #10 6 years ago
  11. Retroid

    “How many times do I have to tell you, agent? DO. NOT. SHOOT. INNOCENT. CIVILIANS!”


    #11 6 years ago
  12. Robo_1

    Great news, really can’t wait to get stuck into it :)

    #12 6 years ago
  13. OJ1984


    #13 6 years ago
  14. evilashchris

    Blerk, don’t download the demo, I HATED the demo but I fell in love with the full game at a mates house so much it made me buy a 360. The first game is only buttons now anyway, and it’s about time you got something co-opable :D

    #14 6 years ago
  15. Blerk

    Oh noes – teh dilemma! :-D

    I don’t have a Gold account, so co-op is out of the question. Unless it’s the sort of game that a six-year-old can play.

    #15 6 years ago
  16. morriss

    It’ll cost a tenner these days. Just buy it and stfu!


    #16 6 years ago
  17. morriss

    “This is what you’re trained for, agent. Killing freaks!”

    #17 6 years ago
  18. Blerk

    I put it on my Christmas list, so someone might’ve bought it for me already. I’ll pick it up after Christmas if they haven’t. Comet were doing it for a fiver the other week, iirc.

    #18 6 years ago
  19. evilashchris

    Well you still have to do what morriss said Blerk :D

    Seriously it’s like Mario64 with rocket launchers, and twice as much fun.

    #19 6 years ago
  20. Blerk

    Ouch – don’t say that. I hate Mario 64! :-D

    #20 6 years ago
  21. morriss

    One review said:

    Even at budget price there’s not much that any self respecting Xbox 360 owner will be missing other than a few pretty explosions and half a day spent marveling at spring from building to building, the novelty of which rubs off pretty damn quickly.

    What fucking dick wrote that.

    And Blerk, it’s like Mario as it’s a 3d collect em up at heart. With heat seaking rocket launchers.

    Standing at the top of the agency tower is one of the defining moments of this gen.

    #21 6 years ago
  22. evilashchris

    NOBODY hates Mario 64!

    /Stick fingers in ears.

    /Stamps feet.


    #22 6 years ago
  23. GordonR

    @ morriss

    No, standing on top of the Agency Tower and then JUMPING OFF IT INTO AN OCEAN THAT SEEMS HUNDREDS OF MILES BELOW is one of the defining moments of this gen.

    @ Blerk. Ditto on the demo not doing the game justice. The demo is just the first few missions, and the game doesn’t hit its frankly awesome stride until you’ve raised your abilities and are leaping majestically from skyscraper to skyscraper and hurling cars at bad guys with giddy abandon.

    God, I loved Crackdown…

    #23 6 years ago
  24. g00nerz

    That voice over guy ruled all! “Your supposed to be helping the police agent, not killing them”… haah.

    Loved it, played it for ages. Dare I say best game on the 360 in the time I had one (a tie with Gears 1). Then the box died and it was all over. Sob. Crackdown singlehandely destroyed my 1st Xbox. Way too much for the poor 360 to take with all that shit going on.

    I’d love a multiplat sequel but that ain’t happening now. Guess I’ll have to make do with Infamous.

    #24 6 years ago
  25. Morrius

    I look forward to the inevitable Halo ODST demo. Actually, I’m just being sardonic, I don’t look forward to it at all.

    #25 6 years ago
  26. morriss

    I am. Although Bungie don’t do demos

    #26 6 years ago
  27. airdom

    Crackdown 2…bring it on!!! this is gonna be great!

    #27 6 years ago
  28. mightyhokie

    Fantastic game. I’m stoked!

    #28 6 years ago

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