Rocksteady Studios founders Sefton Hill and Jamie Walker have established a brand new growth studio in London known as Hundred Star Video games, which is described as a AAA video games studio startup that can encompass “solely 100 business veterans and rising abilities.”
Hundred Star Video games has not been formally introduced, however it’s listed on the company information web site Endole, with Hill and Walker listed as administrators. And in keeping with the corporate’s web site, which seems to have gone stay in October, it’s hiring for open positions.
Hundred Star additionally has a profile on the Nice Place to Work web site, which signifies it has round 25 workers and describes the studio’s ethos to create “a small group of solely 100 business veterans and rising abilities, who’re dedicated to crafting cutting-edge gaming experiences that encourage and captivate gamers worldwide.”
It seems that Hundred Star Video games’ founders are bringing a few of their colleagues from Rocksteady with them. A handful of lead builders and director-level ex-Rocksteady workers have left the Batman Arkham studio in latest months to hitch an unannounced studio, in keeping with LinkedIn profiles Polygon has reviewed.
Jamie Walker and Sefton Hill on the Spike TV 2011 Video Sport Awards
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Polygon has reached out to Hundred Star Video games for touch upon the studio’s founding, however the firm has not responded to a number of requests.
Hill and Walker left Rocksteady Studios in 2022, after greater than 18 years on the firm and within the midst of growth of Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League. Hill was previously Rocksteady’s artistic director, whereas Walker served as studio director. Their departure from the studio sounded amicable when the Rocksteady founders introduced their plan to “hand over the reins, and for us to start out a brand new journey collectively in video games.”
On the time, Warner Bros. Interactive Leisure president David Haddad implied the departure shouldn’t fear Rocksteady followers, as Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League was “almost completed.”
“Now we have the utmost respect and gratitude for Jamie and Sefton and want all of them one of the best of their new endeavor, and like many followers, we sit up for what they do subsequent,” Haddad stated.
Since Hill and Walker’s departure from Rocksteady, Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League has been closely delayed. It was initially slated for a 2022 launch, and it’ll lastly be launched subsequent month, on Feb. 2.
Fan response to Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League has been rocky for the reason that recreation’s unveiling at Warner Bros.’ DC Fandome occasion greater than three years in the past. Many longtime followers of Rocksteady’s single-player Batman video games have bemoaned the always-online, multiplayer, games-as-a-service construction of Kill the Justice League, and up to date hands-on previews of the Suicide Squad recreation have ranged from middling to cautiously optimistic.
How Hundred Star Video games will differentiate itself from Rocksteady Studios stays to be seen, however it already appears obvious that the brand new studio is dreaming smaller. Primarily based on its firm ethos, Hundred Star will theoretically develop to lower than half the dimensions of Rocksteady, which boasts some 250 workers. Which will sign a return to the single-player narrative video games that put Rocksteady on the map.
Thanks for the tip, Mega Man.