Rockstar Games has acquired Dhruva Interactive from Starbreeze at a cost of $7.9 million.
Art production studio Dhruva Interactive, founded in 1997, is one of the oldest and biggest games companies in India and was bought by Starbreeze in 2016 for $8.5 million. At that point, it employed 320 people, and had contributed to games including Halo 5, Forza Horizon 3, Quantum Break and Sea of Thieves; under Starbreeze, it also contributed to Payday 2.
Announcing the acquisition on Dhruva Interactive’s website, Rockstar Games said: “While existing client projects will continue uninterrupted, the team will operate as part of Rockstar India alongside approximately 500 talented team members already working in Bangalore on Rockstar’s ground-breaking games.”
Rockstar India Studio Manager Daniel Smith said: “Dhruva Interactive has been a beacon of Indian game development for decades and we are excited to bring them into the Rockstar family. 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.”
And Dhruva Interactive CEO and Founder Rajesh Rao added: “Rockstar Games are the undisputed leaders of innovation and creativity in modern game development. 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.”
Hopefully, Rockstar’s acquisition of Dhruva Interactive will buy some breathing space for Starbreeze, after the troubled Swedish developer admitted in its Q1 financial report that: “The company currently lacks sufficient secured funds to continue operating for the coming 12 months and a liquidity shortfall is expected before mid-year 2019 if no additional funds are provided.”
For more Dhruva Interactive-related news, keep an eye on its website.