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Rocksteady Studios acquired by Warner Bros.

Submitted by on Tuesday, 23 February 2010One Comment

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group has announced today that they have acquired a majority stake in Rocksteady Studios, the developers behind the sleeper hit of last year, Batman: Arkham Asylum.

This is the latest addition to a growing games division for Warner Bros. In 2007, WB acquired TT Games, developers of the LEGO franchise. Later in 2009 they bought Snowblind Studios and primary assets of Midway Games. Welcome to your new home Rocksteady Studios!

Warner Bros. and Rocksteady already have a decent relationship with their past work on Arkham Asylum so the acquisition of the studio seems fitting. Warner Bros. is very pleased with the studio’s work and had some very positive things to say.

“Rocksteady demonstrated its professionalism and extraordinary development abilities with Batman: Arkham Asylum,” said Kevin Tsujihara, president, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group. “This arrangement is a great strategic fit and we are very pleased to solidify our relationship with this talented development team.”

“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 Jamie Walker, studio director, Rocksteady Studios. Sefton Hill, games director, 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,” said Martin Tremblay, president, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. “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.”

“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,” said Josh Berger, president and managing director, Warner Bros. UK. “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.”

Now that’s a lot of praise. So what do you think of the new acquisition? Do you think it will be a good or bad thing for Rocksteady and Warner Bros.? Let us know in the comments.