- Dec 11, 2018
Rockstar's next game might not be Grand Theft Auto 6 or Bully 2, but a nifty-sounding romp similar to Kingdom Come: Deliverance. At least that's what new rumors would lead you to believe. The rumors circle around the now-edited LinkedIn page of Pawel Saxenas, a character artist for Rockstar Games' India branch, who lists a new IP on the page. The original non-edited page mentioned "medieval architectural style," but this was later removed.
But there's more to the story than meets the eye. The IP didn't start development at Rockstar India, but at Dhruva Interactive, which was then a subsidiary of the now-failing Starbreeze Studios.
Saxenas started at Dhruva on November 2016, which is around the time Starbreeze acquired a 90% majority share in Dhruva and subsumed the company. Saxenas said he worked on the new IP up until June 2018, indicating the project has been in dev for some time. Following Starbreeze's financial woes, Rockstar bought majority shares of Dhruva from Starbreeze for $7.9 million in May 2019, almost a full year after Saxenas stopped working on the new IP. Dhruva was then absorbed into Rockstar India.
Given the timing, it's much more likely the new medieval IP was being developed for Starbreeze Studios, and not Rockstar Games India. Remember that Starbreeze had an eclectic mix of investments, from new games like Overkill's The Walking Dead to the now-defunct StarVR virtual reality headset. A Kingdom Come: Deliverance-type medieval IP could've been a part of that lineup.