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April 09, 2008

Mad Doc Software is Now Rockstar New England

By Calvin Azuri, TMCnet Contributing Editor

One of Take-Two Interactive Software’s (News - Alert) labels, Rockstar games, recently announced the formation of Rockstar New England. This is a direct result of acquiring most of the assets of Andover, Massachusetts-based Mad Doc Software, an independent development studio in North America.

Sam Houser, founder of Rockstar games, says “The team at Mad Doc Software is extremely talented. Bringing them within the Rockstar Games family will enhance our core technology and further support our commitment to creating progressive and innovative gaming experiences.”
Dr. Ian Lane Davis, a former Technical Director at Activision's (News - Alert) Santa Monica studio, originally started Mad Doc software in 1999, and has focused more on artificial intelligence and networking, and its proprietary Mad3D Game Engine.  Mad Doc studio’s collaboration with Rockstar Games most recently resulted in the Xbox 360 version of Bully: Scholarship Edition. Mad Doc Software is best known as the developers of titles such as Empire Earth II, Star Trek Armada II and Empire Earth III. Mad Doc Software also managed the port of Rockstar Vancouver's PS2 title, Bully, to the Xbox 360 and Wii. The studio has also crafted its own game engine and other complicated game coding.
Being a part of Rockstar Games is a great opportunity, says Dr. Davis, Studio Head of the new Rockstar New England. Rockstar singled out the firm's technical expertise as a key motivation for the purchase. “We’re eager to bring our expertise to bear in the character-driven, open-world stories that make Rockstar Games titles so uniquely compelling,” he states.
Calvin Azuri is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To see more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.
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