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Rocksteady Studios Limited
Subsidiary of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Industry Computer and video games
Founded 8  2004; Script error (2004-11-08)
Founder Sefton Hill
Jamie Walker[lower-alpha 1]
Headquarters Script error
Key people
Sefton Hill
Jamie Walker
Products Batman: Arkham series
Urban Chaos: Riot Response
Owners Time Warner 74.9%
Square Enix 25.1%
Number of employees
134 (October 2016) [1]
Website Script error
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Rocksteady Studios Limited is a British video game developer based in Kentish Town, London. Founded in 2004, they are best known for their work in the Batman: Arkham series.

HistoryEdit

Rocksteady was founded in December 2004 by Sefton Hill and Jamie Walker.[2] The team hired many employees from Argonaut Games, a London-based studio which had closed in October 2004.[3]

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 to the Batman license, and by May 2007, they had begun developing the concept of Batman: Arkham Asylum, with full production beginning in September 2007.[4][5] The game was released in August 2009 to critical acclaim and huge commercial success and the studio was then acquired by Time Warner in February 2010, although Square Enix Europe (formerly Eidos Interactive) still holds 25.1 percent share of Rocksteady.[6]

Rocksteady Studios have thus became one of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment in-house studios, renowned for their acclaimed games in the Batman: Arkham franchise, as Arkham Asylum was followed by Batman: Arkham City in 2011, and Batman: Arkham Knight in 2015. Although a prequel Arkham game was also developed (Batman: Arkham Origins), Rocksteady did not act as developer for the game; instead, development was handled by WB Games Montréal.

In December 2016 Sefton Hill confirmed through his official Reddit account that a new project is currently in development at Rocksteady Studios[7].

Games developedEdit

Title Engine Release date Platform(s) Metacritic score[lower-alpha 2]
Urban Chaos: Riot Response Havok 13 June 2006 PlayStation 2, Xbox 73%
Batman: Arkham Asylum Unreal Engine 3 25 August 2009 PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, macOS 91%
Batman: Arkham City Unreal Engine 3 18 October 2011 PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, macOS, Wii U 96%
Batman: Arkham Knight Unreal Engine 3 23 June 2015 PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows 87%
Batman: Arkham VR Unreal Engine 4 11 October 2016 PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows 75%

NotesEdit

  1. Full name James Simon William "Jamie" Walker, born October 1971
  2. The provided scores are the average Metacritics scores of each game across all platforms directly developed for by Rocksteady Studios.

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

  • [[[:Template:Official website/http]] Official website]
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