Rocksteady thinks it can do better than Arkham Asylum

With the best Batman game ever firmly under its utility belt, Rocksteady assures us there's more to come with Batman: Arkham City and that the studio hasn't peaked yet.

Talking to Develop, Rocksteady co-founder Sefton Hill talked about the studio's growth and how it's ready to take more risks:

"As we were designing Arkham, our confidence as a studio had begun to grow," he said.

"After the release it grew even further. Now I'm really excited, because, as a developer, I look at our team and I don't think the studio has hit its peak. I still think we have places to go."

Hill said Rocksteady is also growing in terms of ability and is excited about its future output as a result:

"I don't think Arkham Asylum is going to be the best game we make. We're growing and developing as a company all the time."

"A confident developer takes more risks and that ultimately leads to more innovative experiences," he said.

"A good review score will make you think, 'you know what, let's have faith in what we're doing because we believe we can make something special.'"

Hill cites Arkham Asylum as an example where it was the risks that were received well by reviewers and audiences alike, encouraging Rocksteady to be even bolder in future... Not too bold mind.

"If there's too much arrogance you can push through bad ideas. You need to try something different, of course, but if you realize it's not working you need the humility to go back to the drawing board," he said.

"So you need to be arrogant and humble as a studio... obviously, you can't expect both those qualities in one person [laughs], but that should be the make-up of the studio - daring creatives that have great, innovative ideas, as well as those who can spot mistakes and aren't afraid to cite them."

"That's what I'm delighted with regarding our studio; we have that right mix."

Rocksteady now has the difficult task of making a worthy follow up to Arkham Asylum and the journey has already begun with Batman: Arkham City.

Aug 11, 2010

Source: CVGDevelop

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  • MegaAcehole - August 12, 2010 3:43 a.m.

    Arkham Universe
  • Zack117 - August 12, 2010 3:31 a.m.

    Just don't mess with the formula that much and I'll be happy. Arkham Capital?
  • HawtKakez - August 12, 2010 2:32 a.m.

    I'm beginning to wonder how, and if it happens, will they be able to top Arkham City if it exceeds it's predecessor. Also, I'd like to join in the sequel name suggestions. I'd like the next to be Arkham State.
  • CH3BURASHKA - August 11, 2010 11:44 p.m.

    @SumthinStupid: Super Arkham Galaxy?
  • CH3BURASHKA - August 11, 2010 11:41 p.m.

    One would hope that the game one is buying is better than its predecessor.
  • Clovin64 - August 11, 2010 9:18 p.m.

    Sounds like the Batman franchise is in very good hands.
  • SumthingStupid - August 11, 2010 7:33 p.m.

    I hope they can do even better, not saying that arkham asylum was a bad game, but an even better batman game would be great @lymanzaar its going to be arkham planet
  • mastersword369 - August 11, 2010 7:01 p.m.

  • mastersword369 - August 11, 2010 7 p.m.

    Second. I'm really excited for Arkham City, but the 3rd game in the series better go DEEP into the Batman canon.
  • WickedSid - August 11, 2010 6:59 p.m.

    If Arkham City is better than Arkham Asylum, obviously going to be, I doubt it will win GoTY. The reason the first game won is because is straight out of left field, many people had probably brushed it off due to the horrendous history of Batman games. In other words, it blew everyone's mind into little mushy Brain Chunks.
  • lymanzaar - August 11, 2010 6:54 p.m.

    Whats gonna be after Arkham City? Rocksteady better have some big players in writing department.

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