Rockstar New England
|Type||Subsidiary of Rockstar Games|
|Founded||1999 (as Mad Doc Software)
2008 (as Rockstar New England)
|Headquarters||New England in Andover, Massachusetts|
|Key people||Dr. Ian Lane Davis|
Rockstar New England, formerly Mad Doc Software, is a computer game development company founded in 1999 by Dr. Ian Lane Davis. The company is based in New England in Andover, Massachusetts, just north of Boston.
The original Mad Doc Software was founded by Dr. Ian Lane Davis, an expert in artificial intelligence. The company incorporates new networking, graphics, and AI technologies into their games (Empire Earth II uses Mad Doc’s Mad3D Game Engine and MadAI technologies).
Mad Doc Software
Dr. Davis started Mad Doc Software in Andover in 1999 before shortly moving to Lawrence a year later.
In 2001, Mad Doc completed Star Trek: Armada II for Activision, adding 3D play, enhanced AI and other features. The Mad Doc team also delivered a wireless-platform golf game to JAMDAT Mobile, as well as AI design for the sequel to a major software publisher's PC game.
In March 2002, Mad Doc completed the World War II flight simulator Jane's Attack Squadron. In the fall of 2002, the company released Empire Earth: The Art of Conquest, the official expansion pack for Empire Earth, to Sierra Entertainment.
In November 2003, Microsoft Game Studios released Dungeon Siege: Legends of Aranna. Mad Doc developed an expansion pack for Dungeon Siege adding new features and AI enhancements. The company was a finalist for the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences "Computer Role Playing Game of the Year" due to this expansion pack.
In the spring of 2005, the company released Empire Earth II. They added features including advanced AI, enhanced environmental realism, new multiplayer modes, and improved management systems. The game garnered a PC Gamer Editor's Choice Award and a 94% review score. PC Gamer stated that the game was "The New King of Real-Time Strategy Gaming".
The company's Empire Earth III has been the subject of many harsh reviews, with GameSpot saying, "Empire Earth III has been dumbed down to the point of irrelevance." Mad Doc has since removed Empire Earth III from their list of games on their website and any trace of it.
Mad Doc has also created an autonomous cross-country navigation system for the U.S. Dept. of Defense.
Rockstar New England
On April 4, 2008, Rockstar Games announced that it had acquired the studio and rebranded it Rockstar New England. Since its acquisition, New England has mainly been offering assistance to all Rockstar studios and their respective titles. The studio has yet to work on a title of its own since then.
List of video games
|As Mad Doc Software|
|2001||Star Trek: Armada II|
|2002||Jane's Attack Squadron|
|2002||Empire Earth: The Art of Conquest|
|2003||Dungeon Siege: Legends of Aranna|
|2005||Empire Earth II|
|2006||Empire Earth II: The Art of Supremacy|
|2006||Star Trek: Legacy|
|2007||Empire Earth III|
|As Rockstar New England|
|2008||Bully: Scholarship Edition|
|2012||Max Payne 3|
|2013||Grand Theft Auto V|
As Mad Doc Software:
- Mad Doc cooks up fantasy games, government projects - Andover Townsman, Andover, MA
- Rockstar Acquires Mad Doc Software at RockstarWatch. URL accessed on April 4, 2008
- Sierra's Empire Earth 3 announcement at Sierra.com Retrieved February 24, 2007.
- "Interview with Dr. Ian Lane Davis". Retrieved 2009-09-13.[dead link]
- Back Up of Mad Doc Software Homepage Retrieved February 23, 2008.
-  Retrieved may 10, 2008.
- Turok Multiplayer Hands-On Preview
- "More Bully: Scholarship Edition Screens and Info". RockstarWatch. 2008-01-17. Retrieved 2008-01-17.
- http://www.maddocsoftware.com/about_awards.htm (no longer available)
- Rockstar New England's Official Website
- Backup of Mad Doc Software's Website
- Rockstar New England profile at MobyGames
- Rockstar New England profile at GameFAQs