David Haddad, president of WB Games Announced on Rocksteady’s website today the video game developer’s co-founders Sefton Hill and Jamie Walker are leaving the studio at the end of 2022. Batman: Arkham series is gearing up to release its much-anticipated spin-off, Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice Leaguein 2023.
“With Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League Almost done, they both have decided to leave Rocksteady at the end of 2022 and will embark on a new adventure on the playground,” Haddad wrote in the announcement. We have immense respect and gratitude to Jamie and Sefton and wish them the best in their new endeavors and, like many fans, look forward to what they will do next.”
Haddad didn’t share details of “what they’ll do next,” but Hill and Walker, who founded Rocksteady in 2004, may have wanted to redo the whole thing. They were still an active part of the studio, with Hill most recently Suicide Squadgame director. They are replaced by production director Nathan Burlow, whom Haddad calls the “original founding member” promoted to studio director, and Darius Sadeghian, who will become studio product director.
“Nathan and Darius are extremely talented managers and passionate about maintaining Rocksteady’s high-quality game development. Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League and all future games,” Haddad wrote.
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In the announcement of their sudden departure, Hill and Walker wrote: “From the day we founded the company in 2004, Rocksteady has been our life and our soul. It has given us the opportunity to do what we love most: making great games with people who are extraordinarily talented.”
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Highlighting the community at Rocksteady, Hill and Walker said, “There’s something extra special at Rocksteady that goes beyond the games we make, and everyone who works here feels it.”
“We want to thank the team for their hard work and everything they’ve done to make this such a wonderful place,” the couple continued. “Together now Suicide Squad It’s in good hands and the team here is stronger than ever, it’s time to surrender the reins and start a new adventure together in the games.”
At the beginning of this autumn, Suicide Squad by Kim MacAskill passed a lifetime of success Event sponsors Rocksteady and Warner Bros. It was honored by the nonprofit Women in Games, saying Interactive should “take responsibility”.
“You can sign up for any ongoing diversity event,” he said, “but that means nothing unless you take responsibility and I see you.
In 2020, Rocksteady responded: a report by Guard detailing sexual harassment in the workplace, saying“All official complaints were thoroughly investigated, dealt with appropriately, and a number of serious measures, including discipline, were taken in response to issues raised. or termination of the staff.”