MUMBAI: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group has acquired a majority stake in Rocksteady Studios.
"Rocksteady demonstrated its professionalism and extraordinary development abilities with Batman: Arkham Asylum. This arrangement is a great strategic fit and we are very pleased to solidify our relationship with this talented development team," said Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group president Kevin Tsujihara.
Founded in 2004 in London, England, Rocksteady specializes in developing action-adventure video games, including Batman: Arkham Asylum. The title has enjoyed robust sales, shipping over three million units worldwide, and has garnered numerous industry awards.
"We are proud to strengthen our association with WBIE, a world class publisher that we have enjoyed working with since we began developing Batman: Arkham Asylum," said Rocksteady Studios – studio director – Jamie Walker.
Rocksteady Studios games director Sefton Hill added, "The Rocksteady team is very much looking forward to creating more great games based on widely recognized Warner Bros. brands like Batman."
"With the successful release of Batman: Arkham Asylum, a franchise that is a key focus for Warner Bros., Rocksteady has proven that they have the expertise to create hit games with mass appeal. We are currently working with Rocksteady on the sequel to Batman: Arkham Asylum and look forward to bringing the continuation of the franchise to fans worldwide," said Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment president Martin Tremblay.
"We are delighted to be deepening our relationship with London-based Rocksteady Studios, one of the UK’s most respected games developers and 2009 recipient of the VGA’s coveted ‘studio of the year’ award. Rocksteady clearly has the talent, expertise and technology to make great games and we are fortunate to continue working closely with them as we further expand our games portfolio," said Warner Bros. UK president and managing director Josh Berger.