Warner Home Entertainment Adds to Gaming Portfolio

Acquires London’s Rocksteady Studios, developer of “Batman: Arkham Asylum”

Last Updated: February 23, 2010 @ 8:08 AM

Continuing to build its interactive gaming portfolio, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Tuesday announced the acquisition of developer Rocksteady Studios.

Founded in 2004 in London, Rocksteady specializes in developing action-adventure video games, including “Batman: Arkham Asylum,” one of the most critically acclaimed games of 2009. The title has shipped over three million units worldwide, and has garnered numerous industry awards.

“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.”

In 2007, Warner Bros. acquired TT Games, developer of the LEGO-based game franchises, including "LEGO Star Wars," "LEGO Indiana Jones" and "LEGO Batman." In early 2009, Warner Bros. acquired Snowblind Studios to develop its "The Lord of the Rings" games franchise, with the first title expected to be released in 2011. Most recently, Warner Bros. purchased the primary assets of Midway Games. Midway published the "Mortal Kombat" franchise, which has sold over 26 million units worldwide, and owned a robust IP catalog and broadly applicable game engine technology.