Warner boss “hopes” Rocksteady will work on non-Batman Warner IP

Wednesday, 24th February 2010 07:29 GMT By Patrick Garratt


Warner Bros Entertainment UK president Josh Berger has told VG247 that Rocksteady’s future isn’t likely to be solely bat-related, following the firm taking a majority shareholding the British developer yesterday.

“Going forward, we hope to have them work on other Warner Bros. intellectual properties,” Berger said, speaking in an email interview.

Rocksteady achieved major success with Batman: Arkham Asylum on PS3, 360 and PC, and is currently working on a sequel.

Berger added that Warner had learnt through the success of Rocksteady’s Batman title – which was published by Square Enix – that the core gamer has “extremely high standards”.

He added: “We have been looking to increase our development capacity and, as a high quality development studio, Rocksteady is a great fit for that strategy.

“The acquisition of a majority stake in this leading games developer continues Warner Bros.’ pattern as one of the industry’s fastest growing games publishers.”

Warner’s move on Rocksteady is merely the latest in a string of acquisitions, which include TT Games in 2007 and Snowblind in 2009.

Warner has also bought the rights to Mortal Kombat from Midway.

Arkham Asylum 2 was announced at the VGAs last December. It was erroneously pegged for an October release recently; this turned out to be a Warner mistake.

The game has no ship date as yet.



  1. Blerk

    Oh man, don’t give them smelly Mortal Kombat! Eww!

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Gheritt White

    The Flash! Please, give them The Flash as a character and get them to craft a high-quality game around him, just like Arkham Asylum!

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Detale

    More likely a Green Lantern game to tie in with the movie release?

    #3 5 years ago
  4. absolutezero

    I’d take a Green Arrow game to be honest, a proper Green Arrow.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Blerk

    Wasn’t someone working on a Flash game before? And then went out of business? I can’t remember who it was.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. The Hindle

    Superman even though they have said in interviews it would be a nightmare to make a game about him.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Gekidami

    BottleRocket Entertainment were making The Flash game.

    Apparently the game was canned because the publisher, Brash Entertainment went bust. BottleRocket went bust abit later when Splatterhouse was taken off them.

    #7 5 years ago
  8. NiceFellow

    Superman’s obvious, if challenging, choice. But then there’s Green Lantern, Flash, lots of potential I guess.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. Bourbonand Bongwater

    Arkham worked because of its limitations. An isolated and defined game space, A Batman who’s tough but not invulnerable and interactions that are mutable but channel the player through a defined story. That and gameplay that matched the Batman persona made it the compulsively playable game that it was.

    The problem with most superheroes for this kind of gaming success is how hard it is to confine them by any similar limitations.

    #9 5 years ago

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