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Rockstar Ate My (Barking) Dog

Take 2 buys Canadian developer, new games in the works

In an action-packed press release, Take 2 have announced the formation of a new studio, the purchase of another developer, and no less than three new games. Barking Dog, the brains behind Homeworld: Cataclysm and Global Operations, and also a contributor to Counter-Strike in the past, have been purchased for $3m and now become Rockstar Vancouver. In their new guise they're working on an as-yet unannounced (until now, anyway) military action game, with a second unspecified title due to begin development soon. Meanwhile the studio-formerly-known-as-Rockstar-Canada is being renamed Rockstar Toronto to avoid any possible confusion, and the marathon press release also lets slip that they're currently working on a game called The Warriors. In a bizarre licensing move, it's based on the 1979 movie of the same name, and no, we've never heard of it before either. Or any of the actors who appeared in it for that matter, although director Walter Hill went on to helm gems like Last Man Standing, Supernova, Brewster's Millions [oh dear], 48 Hours [ugh], Red Heat and [no no, that's quite enough thanks - Ed] It's not clear how closely the game will follow the plot of the film, but apparently it all involves gang warfare in the streets of NYC, as the eponymous Warriors are falsely accused of killing a big time gang leader. Needless to say, this upsets a lot of people, and the Warriors find themselves battling their way through New York while every gang along the way tries their best to beat the living daylights out of them. Truly a concept worthy of a videogame adaptation.

Source - press release