It’s official! Rocksteady Studios the developers of Batman: Arkham Asylum has been purchased from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group. Now this doesn’t mean Warner Bros. has complete control over Rocksteady, Square Enix Europe (Eidos) still retains a 25% share in the company. What this does mean is Warner Bros. has now acquired a majority stake in Rocksteady, Snowblind Studios, and most of Midway Games’ assets.
Martin Tremblay, president, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment stated in the press release: “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.”
Jamie Walker, Rocksteady’s studio director, also chimed in saying, “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. The Rocksteady team is very much looking forward to creating more great games based on widely recognized Warner Bros. brands like Batman.”
Personally I think this is a great advantage for both Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Rocksteady Studios, Batman: Arkham Asylum was a excellent game and with a partnership with Warner Bros. gamers maybe seeing other games from the DC Universe developed from Rocksteady Studios. Now it might be a little weird seeing The Flash hide in the shadows, up I’m sure Rocksteady will think of something. For any more updates on the gaming take over from Warner Bros tune into PlatformNation.com and for the full press release from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Rocksteady Studios click here.