Warner Takes Batman Dev Rocksteady Under Its Wing

February 23, 2010Written by Zak Islam

Rocksteady took the gaming scene for a entertaining ride with Batman: Arkham Asylum when it was released last year, proving that games based on comic-book characters don’t have to suck. With a lot of creativity and a bombardment of praise, Arkham Asylum became a worthy contender for game of the year. Now, the second game in the series currently in development will be receiving a big boost with the news of Warner Bros. acquiring a majority stake in Rocksteady.

Warner Bros. has announced that the company has acquired a majority shareholding in developer Rocksteady. The Batman: Arkham Asylum developer are delighted to align with Warner Bros. Rocksteady studio director, Jamie Walker and Sefton Hill, games director issued this statement:

We are proud to strengthen our association with WBIE, a world class publisher that we have enjoyed working with since we began developing Batman: Arkham Asylum.

The Rocksteady team is very much looking forward to creating more great games based on widely recognized Warner Bros. brands like Batman.

Warner Bros. president, Martin Tremblay concluded:

With the successful release of Batman: Arkham Asylum, a franchise that is a key focus for Warner Bros., Rocksteady has proven that they have the expertise to create hit games with mass appeal. We are currently working with Rocksteady on the sequel to Batman: Arkham Asylum and look forward to bringing the continuation of the franchise to fans worldwide.

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment already has a great portfolio of game developers, including TT Games, who created the Lego game franchise, Snowblind, Midway, and now Rocksteady. Read about PlayStation LifeStyle’s visit to Arkham Asylum, if you haven’t already.