Rocksteady Studios

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Rocksteady Studios Limited
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Industry Video game industry
Founded13 December 2004;14 years ago (2004-12-13)
Founders
  • Sefton Brian Hill
  • James Simon William "Jamie" Walker
Headquarters,
Key people
Products
Owner Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment [1]
Number of employees
Increase2.svg 182 [2]  (2019)
Website rocksteadyltd.com

Rocksteady Studios Limited is a British video game developer based in Kentish Town, London. Founded on 13 December 2004, they are best known for their work in the Batman: Arkham series. The company is a subsidiary of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.

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History

Rocksteady was founded on 13 December 2004, by Sefton Hill and Jamie Walker. [3] [4] The team hired many employees from Argonaut Games, a London-based studio which had closed in October 2004. [5]

Argonaut Games British video game developer, founded in 1982 and liquidated in late 2004, with the company ceasing to exist in early 2007

Argonaut Games plc was a British video game developer, founded in 1982 and liquidated in late 2004, with the company ceasing to exist in early 2007. It was most notable for the development of the Super NES video game Star Fox and its supporting Super FX hardware.

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. [6] [7] The game was released in August 2009 to critical acclaim and huge commercial success and Time Warner went on to acquiring a 74.1 percent stake in February 2010, although Square Enix Europe (formerly Eidos Interactive) still held 25.1 percent share of Rocksteady. [8] [9]

<i>Urban Chaos: Riot Response</i> 2006 video game

Urban Chaos: Riot Response is a first-person shooter video game developed by British games developer Rocksteady Studios and published by Eidos Interactive for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox. The game was released in June 2006.

Havok (software) physics engine developed by Irish company Havok

Havok is a middleware software suite developed by the Irish company Havok. Havok provides a physics engine component and related functions to video games.

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Rocksteady Studios have thus become 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.

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment American publisher, developer, licensor, and distributor of video games

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<i>Batman: Arkham</i> video game series

Batman: Arkham is a series of action-adventure video games based on the DC Comics character Batman, developed by Rocksteady Studios and WB Games Montréal, and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. The first two Rocksteady games were written by veteran Batman writer Paul Dini and featured voice actors Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill reprising their roles as Batman and the Joker, respectively, from the DC Animated Universe (DCAU). Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill returned to voice Batman and The Joker again in the fourth main installment of the series, Batman: Arkham Knight. Other actors in the series to reprise their roles from the DCAU include Arleen Sorkin as Harley Quinn, as well as C.C.H. Pounder as Amanda Waller and Robert Costanzo as Harvey Bullock.

<i>Batman: Arkham City</i> 2011 video game

Batman: Arkham City is a 2011 action-adventure video game developed by Rocksteady Studios and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. Based on the DC Comics superhero Batman, it is the sequel to the 2009 video game Batman: Arkham Asylum and the second installment in the Batman: Arkham series. Written by veteran Batman writer Paul Dini with Paul Crocker and Sefton Hill, Arkham City is inspired by the long-running comic book mythos. In the game's main storyline, Batman is incarcerated in Arkham City, a huge new super-prison enclosing the decaying urban slums of fictional Gotham City. He must uncover the secret behind the sinister scheme, "Protocol 10", orchestrated by the facility's warden, Hugo Strange. The game's leading characters are predominantly voiced by actors from the DC Animated Universe, with Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill reprising their roles as Batman and the Joker, respectively.

In December 2016, Sefton Hill confirmed through his official Reddit account that a new project is currently in development at Rocksteady Studios. [10]

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After Square Enix sold their stake in Rocksteady to Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, a subsidiary of Warner Bros., it became a wholly owned studio.

Games developed and in development

YearTitlePlatform(s)
2006 Urban Chaos: Riot Response PlayStation 2, Xbox
2009 Batman: Arkham Asylum PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, macOS
2011 Batman: Arkham City PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, macOS, Wii U
2015 Batman: Arkham Knight PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows
2016 Batman: Arkham VR PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows

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<i>Batman: Arkham Asylum</i> video game

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