Rocksteady Studios

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Rocksteady Studios
Type Subsidiary of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Industry Interactive entertainment
Computer and video games
Founded 2004
Headquarters London, United Kingdom
Key people Sefton Hill, Jamie Walker, Nathan Burlow
Products Urban Chaos: Riot Response
Batman: Arkham series (except Batman: Arkham Origins and Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate)
Owners Time Warner
Employees ~149 (2014)[1]
Parent Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Website http://www.rocksteadyltd.com/

Rocksteady Studios is a British video game developer based in Highgate, London. The studio's titles are Urban Chaos: Riot Response, Batman: Arkham Asylum, Batman: Arkham City and Batman: Arkham Knight.

History[edit]

Rocksteady Studios was founded in 2004 by Sefton Hill and Jamie Walker.[2] The studio was acquired by Time Warner in February 2010.[3]

At the 2009 Spike Video Game Awards, Rocksteady Studios was named Studio of the Year.[4]

Rocksteady Studios became renowned for its critically acclaimed Batman games Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City. Although a third Arkham game was developed, Rocksteady did not act as developer for the third game Batman: Arkham Origins; instead, development was handled by Warner Bros. Games Montréal. This is because they were working on an unannounced Arkham game.

On March 4, 2014, Rocksteady and Warner Bros. announced the next and final Arkham game titled Batman: Arkham Knight to be released for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Windows.

Games developed[edit]

Year Title Platform(s)
Mac PS2 PS3 PS4 PC Wii U Xbox X360 XBO
2006 Urban Chaos: Riot Response No Yes No No No No Yes No No
2009 Batman: Arkham Asylum Yes No Yes No Yes No No Yes No
2011 Batman: Arkham City Yes No Yes No Yes Yes No Yes No
2015 Batman: Arkham Knight No No No Yes Yes No No No Yes

Review scores[edit]

Rocksteady Studios

Game title Year released Platforms GameRankings Metacritic Publisher
Urban Chaos: Riot Response 2006 PS2, Xbox 75%[5] 73[6] Eidos Interactive
Batman: Arkham Asylum 2009 Windows, Mac, PS3, Xbox 360 92.34%[7] 91[8] Eidos Interactive, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Batman: Arkham City 2011 Windows, Mac, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U 96.70%[9] 97[10] Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Batman: Arkham Knight 2015 Windows, PS4, Xbox One - - Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rocksteady Studios About". Rocksteady Studios. Retrieved 2011-03-28. 
  2. ^ Fahey, Rob (2005-01-17). "SCi funds new development studio". GamesIndustry.biz. Retrieved 2008-07-22. 
  3. ^ Plunkett, Luke (2010-02-23). "Warner Buys Batman: Arkham Asylum Devs". Kotaku. Retrieved 2012-09-04. 
  4. ^ "Spike TV Announces 2009 Video Game Awards Winners". PR Newswire. Retrieved 2012-02-21. 
  5. ^ "Urban Chaos: Riot Response Reviews". Retrieved March 9, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Urban Chaos: Riot Response Reviews". Retrieved March 9, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Batman: Arkham Asylum Reviews". GameRankings. Retrieved March 9, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Barman: Arkham Asylum Reviews". Retrieved March 9, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Batman: Arkham City Reviews". GameRankings. Retrieved March 9, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Batman: Arkham City Reviews". Retrieved March 9, 2013. 

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