Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Warners Buys Up Rocksteady Studios

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group reports the acquisition of a majority stake in Rocksteady Studios, a privately held developer of interactive entertainment.

“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.”

Founded in 2004 in London, England, Rocksteady specializes in developing action-adventure video games. "Batman: Arkham Asylum", shipped over three million units worldwide.

“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.

“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."

"Batman: Arkham Asylum" was released May 30, 2009, picking up the 'Batman' story where "The Dark Kight" feature film ended.

The action-adventure 'stealth' video game, based on the DC Comics' character was released for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Microsoft Windows, published by Eidos Interactive.

Written by veteran "Batman" comics writer Paul Dini, "Arkham Asylum" follows 'The Joker', Batman's arch-enemy, instigating an elaborate plot while incarcerated in 'Arkham Asylum' where many of Batman's other foes have also been jailed. Batman investigates and learns that the Joker is trying to create an army of creatures to threaten 'Gotham City', forcing him to put a stop to the villain's plans.

Main characters are voiced by actors from DC's animated features including Kevin Conroy as Batman, Mark Hamill as Joker and Arleen Sorkin as 'Harley Quinn'.

The game is played as a third-person perspective, with a primary focus on Batman's combat abilities and detective skills, using an arsenal of gadgets used in both combat and exploration.

The game received a Guinness World Record for "Most Critically Acclaimed Superhero Game".

The sequel was announced at the 2009 Spike Video Game Awards.

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Batman: Arkham Asylum"...