UPDATED: Max Payne 3 dev, Rockstar Vancouver, is closing to merge with Toronto studio

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Thanks to commenter, Malek Teffafa, for clarifying the situation for us with a link to a VG 24/7 story.

As we’d previously reported, Max Payne 3 developer, Rockstar Vancouver, is closing down. This much remains true. The good news, however, is that it’s closing down to merge with the Rockstar Toronto business unit.

The original story:

Rumours ahoy: news will be updated as it comes in.

Except it’s not really a rumour. A tweet from industry publication, Gamasutra, says it all, really:

“We just got word that Max Payne 3 developer Rockstar Vancouver is closing down. News story soon…”

According to the Wikipedia page, the developer employs 75 people, and was responsible for the following games over the years:

as Barking Dog Studios
Homeworld: Cataclysm (2000) (PC)
Counter-Strike (2000) (PC) (Various maps) (with Valve Software)
Global Operations (2002) (PC)
Treasure Planet: Battle at Procyon (2002) (PC)

as Rockstar Vancouver
Bully (2006) (PlayStation 2)
Bully: Scholarship Edition (2008) (PC, Xbox 360, Wii) (with Rockstar New England and Rockstar Toronto)
Max Payne 3 (2012) (PlayStation 3, PC, Xbox 360)

Another sad day in a string of say days for the games industry. These guys were pretty talented developers, no?

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  • Thank you for that find and posting it up, Malek – I've updated the story to reflect the more accurate information.

    Much apprecaited that you took the time to let us know!

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