David Haddad, WB Games Chairman announced on the Rocksteady website today that the video game developer’s co-founders, Sefton Hill and Jamie Walker, are leaving the studio at the end of 2022. Rocksteady, which created the Batman: Arkham series, is about to release its long-awaited pseudo-spin-off, Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice Leaguein 2023.
“With Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League nearly done, they both decided to leave Rocksteady at the end of 2022 and will begin a new adventure in gaming,” Haddad wrote in the announcement. “We have the utmost respect and gratitude for Jamie and Sefton and wish them all the best in their new venture, and like many fans, we look forward to what they do next.”
Haddad didn’t share details of “what they’ll do next,” but Hill and Walker – who founded Rocksteady in 2004 – may be looking to start all over again. They were still an active part of the studio, with Hill having recently acted as suicide squadgame director. In their place were production director Nathan Burlow, whom Haddad calls an “original founding member,” promoted to studio director, and Darius Sadeghian, who would become studio product director.
“Nathan and Darius are extremely talented executives and are passionate about Rocksteady’s continued development of high-quality games for Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League and all future games,” Haddad wrote.
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Of their sudden departure, Hill and Walker wrote in the ad that “From the day we founded the company in 2004 until today, Rocksteady has been our life and soul. It gave us the opportunity to do what we love the most: building great games with exceptionally talented people. »
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Hill and Walker highlighted the Rocksteady community, saying that “there’s something special about Rocksteady that goes beyond the games we make, and everyone who works here feels that.”
“We want to thank the team for their hard work and everything they do to make this place a great place,” the duo continued. “Now with suicide squad in good hands, and the team here stronger than ever, it’s time to pass the baton and for us to start a new adventure together in games.
Earlier this fall, suicide squad writer Kim MacAskill transmitted the work of a life awards from the nonprofit Women in Games, saying event sponsors Rocksteady and Warner Bros. Interactive must “take responsibility”.
“You can throw your name on every diversity event going on,” she said, “but unless you take responsibility, it means nothing and I see you.”
In 2020, Rocksteady responded to a report of The Guardian detailing sexual harassment in his workplace, saying“All formal complaints have been thoroughly investigated, dealt with appropriately and a number of serious actions have been taken in response to the issues that have been raised, including discipline or dismissal of staff.
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