Rocksteady Studios

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.

Rocksteady Studios Limited
Subsidiary
IndustryVideo games
Founded13 December 2004; 15 years ago (2004-12-13)
Founders
  • Jamie Walker
  • Sefton Hill
Headquarters,
England
Key people
Products
Number of employees
239[1] (2020)
ParentWarner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (2010–present)
Websiterocksteadyltd.com

HistoryEdit

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 developedEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  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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