Bristish-based developer Rocksteady Studios will now work with Warner Bros. after the publisher acquired a majority stake in the creators of Batman: Arkham Asylum.
The sequel to the well-received Arkham Asylum will now be handled by Warner Bros. as they also reclaim the rights to the IP, which is actually based on part of it’s own property – DC Comics.
As well as the Batman games Rocksteady will now also handle other Warner Bros. properties which includes the epic universe of Lord of the Rings, Blade and The Matrix among others. Can we expect to see Frodo engaging in some very good hand-to-hand?
The president of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group – Kevin Tsujihara – said that Rocksteady had shown “professionalism” and “extraordinary development abilities” when making Batman: Arkham Asylum. He added:
This arrangement is a great strategic fit and we are very pleased to solidify our relationship with this talented development team.
Studio director of Rocksteady Studios – Jamie Walker – has added their thoughts by saying that they are “proud” to be strengthening their relationship with Warner.
The Rocksteady team is very much looking forward to creating more great games based on widely recognised Warner Bros. brands like Batman
Batman: Arkham Asylum has shipped well over 3 million copies to date and Rocksteady Studios recently won 3 gongs at the 13th Annual AIAS awards including Outstanding Achievement in Game Design.
This will work in Warner’s favour as it tries to become a $1 billion games business.