In a press release sent out earlier today, Warner Brothers Home Entertainment Group has announced that the company has purchased a majority stake in Batman: Arkham Asylum developer, Rocksteady Studios. For those of you keeping tabs on the gaming industries purchases, you’ll want to keep note that Square Enix still remains a 25% owner of the developer as well.
Fortunately, this is a positive move for all despite the fact that purchases in the industry are often regarded as the big guy taking out the little guy to avoid competing against them. Warner Brothers and Rocksteady however have a solid relationship with one another due to their collaboration on the sleeper hit of the year last August with Arkham Asylum. As most of you know, Rocksteady is currently hard at work on the sequel.
We’ve included some quotes from the press release below.
“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.”
How many of you are excited for the sequel?