Rocksteady Studios

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Games released:

Urban Chaos: Riot Response (2006)

Batman: Arkham Asylum (2009)

Batman: Arkham City (2011)

Batman: Arkham Knight (2015)

Batman: Arkham VR (2016)

Rocksteady Studios is a British studio founded in November 2004 by Sefton Hill (Creative Director) and Jamie Walker (Studio Director) and is based in London. The team hired many staff from Argonaut Games, another London-based studio who worked on the original Star Fox game with Nintendo which closed in October 2004.

The studio’s first game was the 2006 first-person shooter Urban Chaos: Riot Response, developed on the Havok engine and published by Eidos Interactive for PlayStation 2 and Xbox which received average scores from critics and sold approximately 80,000 units.1

In Spring 2007, Eidos Interactive obtained the rights to make a Batman game and by September 2007, Rocksteady Studios was in full production of Batman: Arkham Asylum. The game was written by Paul Dini (Batman: The Animated Series) and featured the voices of Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill who reprised their roles from the animated series. In early 2009, the news emerged that Eidos would be acquired by Japanese publisher Square Enix who today are known as Square Enix Europe and still holds a 25.1% share of Rocksteady. At E3 2009, Arkham Asylum was delayed from June to it’s final release date of August 23. The game received widespread critical acclaim and sold 2.5 million units by the end of September 2009. In February 2010, Rocksteady Studios was acquired by Time Warner.

The developer went on to make two main sequels, 2011’s Arkham City and 2015’s Arkham Knight. The studio also built Arkham VR in 2016 for PlayStation 4 and Windows PC. A prequel was made in 2013 called Arkham Origins but wasn’t developed by Rocksteady Studios and instead was worked on by WB Games Montreal.

Rocksteady Studios is currently working on a new project according to Creative Director Sefton Hill on Reddit.2

 

  1. http://www.vgchartz.com – Urban Chaos: Riot Response
  2. Reddit AMA – Sefton Hill