The gaming industry was shocked by the recent news that Starbreeze Studios may be closing by the end of the year.
The studio behind hit video games including the Payday series and Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons has hit some serious financial struggles, and it’s not known whether or not the studio will survive through 2019.
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The Swedish publisher and developer Starbreeze Studios offered a frank and honest financial earnings report for Q1 2019, admitting it’s expecting a “liquidity shortfall” unless the company gets a serious cash injection from somewhere.
Fortunately for Starbreeze, Rockstar Games has stepped in and purchased one of its many studios.
Dhruva Interactive, an art production studio that’s worked on games including Halo, Forza Horizon, Overkill’s The Walking Dead and Payday 2, is being sold to Rockstar for $7.9 million.
According to PCGamer, the money will get Rockstar 91.8 percent of shares in the studio. The deal is expected to close before the second half of 2019.
Dhruva Interactive is one of the largest game studios in India, as well as being one of the oldest.
Studio manager of Rockstar India, Daniel Smith, said in a statement: “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.”
When the deal is complete with Rockstar Games, Dhruva will continue its work on existing projects already in the pipeline, as well as with other games.
As for the rest of the Starbreeze family, restructuring and the search for financial investments will continue.
Although there’s no announced games being developed by Starbreeze at the moment, it’s in the process of publishing Psychonauts 2, from Double Fine.
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