Warner Bros. has announced that they have bought a majority stake in Rocksteady Studios, makers of the critically acclaimed title Batman: Arkham Asylum. Kevin Tsujihara, President of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, praised Rocksteady for demonstrating their "professionalism and extraordinary development abilities with Batman: Arkham Asylum." Arkham Asylum was a commercial and critical success, shipping three million copies worldwide and earning a number of industry awards.
"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," commented Jamie Walker, Director of Rocksteady Studios. "The Rocksteady team is very much looking forward to creating more great games based on widely recognized Warner Bros. brands like Batman," added Rocksteady's games director, Sefton Hill.
Warner Bros. has been on a buying spree over the past few years, acquiring several studios and franchises in a bid to become a major game publisher. Recent acquisitions include TT games, developers of the LEGO series, in 2007, Snowblind Studios, makers of the Lord of the Rings games, in 2009 and the Mortal Kombat franchise from Midway.
Rocksteady is currently working on a sequel to Arkham Asylum, a release date is not yet known.