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.
|Founded||13 December 2004|
Number of employees
|Parent||Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (2010–present)|
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. Several other Argonaut employees were also hired. SCi Entertainment (later renamed Eidos) was a founding investor in the studio, holding 25.1% of the company's shares.
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. The game's commercial and critical success led publisher Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (WBIE) to acquire an undisclosed majority stake in Rocksteady. Eidos retained its 25.1% stake. Rocksteady later became wholly owned by WBIE.
|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|
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