Realtime Worlds' Dave Jones has told GI he's not exactly thrilled Crackdown 2 went to Ruffian Games.
"I think it was unfortunate that it had to be with a start-up in Dundee... it is challenging to get enough developers in one region as it is, so that was the only little big of negativity to the story," he said.
"It's just one of those awkward moments. In terms of the franchise, as always - as with anything we've created - we're always keen to see it do great things. This is like a bump in the road... was there really no way it could have been done by one of the studios Microsoft shut down?
"I was a bit miffed at Microsoft that it happened that way, but you live and learn," he added.
Ruffian's staff roster includes many that worked on the original Crackdown.
Crackdown 2 was announced in Microsoft's E3 press conference at the beginning of the month.