Rocksteady Studios

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Rocksteady Studios Limited
Subsidiary
IndustryVideo game industry
Founded13 December 2004; 14 years ago (2004-12-13)
Founders
  • Jamie Walker
  • Sefton Hill
Headquarters,
England
Key people
Products
OwnerWarner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (2010–present)
Number of employees
227[1] (2019)
Websiterocksteadyltd.com

Rocksteady Studios Limited is a British video game developer based in London, England. Founded on 13 December 2004, the studio is best known for its work in the Batman: Arkham series. The company is a subsidiary of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.

History[edit]

Rocksteady Studios was founded on 13 December 2004, by Jamie Walker and Sefton Hill, formerly employed by the previously closed Argonaut Games as creative director and head of production, respectively.[2][3] Several other Argonaut employees were also hired.[2] SCi Entertainment (later renamed Eidos) was a founding investor in the studio, holding 25.1% of the company's shares.[2][4]

Rocksteady's first release was the 2006 first-person shooter Urban Chaos: Riot Response, developed using the Havok engine and published by Eidos Interactive for PlayStation 2 and Xbox. After Eidos obtained the rights to make a Batman game in spring 2007, they approached Rocksteady who presented their take on the Batman licence, and by May 2007, they had begun developing the concept of Batman: Arkham Asylum, with full production beginning in September 2007.[5][6] The game's commercial and critical success led publisher Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (WBIE) to acquire an undisclosed majority stake in Rocksteady.[7][8] Eidos retained its 25.1% stake.[4] Rocksteady later became wholly owned by WBIE.[9]

Games developed[edit]

Year Title Platform(s)
2006 Urban Chaos: Riot Response PlayStation 2, Xbox
2009 Batman: Arkham Asylum macOS, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
2011 Batman: Arkham City macOS, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One
2015 Batman: Arkham Knight Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
2016 Batman: Arkham VR Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Stats". Rocksteady Studios. Archived from the original on 24 July 2019. Retrieved 27 August 2019.
  2. ^ a b c Fahey, Rob (17 January 2005). "Roll Call back on track as SCi funds new development studio". GamesIndustry.biz. Archived from the original on 3 September 2018. Retrieved 27 August 2019.
  3. ^ Prell, S. (22 November 2014). "Three years later, Calendar Man reveals Arkham City easter egg". Engadget. Archived from the original on 16 August 2016. Retrieved 12 July 2016.
  4. ^ a b MCV Staff (23 February 2010). "Eidos retains 25% stake in Rocksteady". MCV.
  5. ^ Snider, Mike (25 August 2009). "The rest of the story: 'Batman: Arkham Asylum'". USA Today. Archived from the original on 5 April 2013. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  6. ^ Graft, Kris (19 October 2009). "Rocksteady's Sefton Hill Unmasks Batman: Arkham Asylum". Gamasutra. Archived from the original on 19 April 2019. Retrieved 27 August 2019.
  7. ^ Plunkett, Luke (23 February 2010). "Warner Buys Batman: Arkham Asylum Devs". Kotaku.
  8. ^ Martin, Matt (23 February 2010). "Warner acquires majority stake in Rocksteady Studios". GamesIndustry.biz. Archived from the original on 29 April 2018. Retrieved 28 April 2018.
  9. ^ "Company". Warner Bros. Archived from the original on 30 June 2019. Retrieved 27 August 2019.

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