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Rocksteady Studios Leaders Sefton Hill, Jamie Walker Announce Departure From The Developer

Posted on October 26, 2022 by Nick Moreno

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Developer Rocksteady Studios while remotely silent for many years certainly is not shy on its current project on the way. Yes, I’m talking about Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League. Despite its announcement back in summer 2020, the game is still in development. But, the wait for its unveiling was over five years since the release of 2015’s Batman Arkham Knight.

While the team remains busy cleaning up on its efforts for its next project, the wait only grew over time. At The Game Awards this past December, Rocksteady Studios revealed the title is still coming in 2022. However, a later report from Bloomberg goes on to corroborate with the team’s March announcement pushing the game to a 2023 launch window now.

Now, there is more to pile onto this ambition release. In a new announcement this week Rocksteady Studios posted a blog post sharing the departure of co-founders Sefton Hill & Jamie Walker.

I have some important news to share with you about Rocksteady Studios. Co-founders and studio heads Sefton Hill and Jamie Walker have made the decision to leave the studio. We are very proud to have worked alongside Jamie and Sefton, who have led their talented teams to create some of the best games in the world. From the critically acclaimed hit Batman Arkham franchise to their evolutionary thinking with Suicide Squad, they have been great leaders of the team.

Visiting Rocksteady Studios has always been a highlight for me personally – the attention to detail, the energy of the people and a sense of what it is like to be in a high performing studio. They have committed to the highest quality and excellence across all facets of game development while ensuring an outstanding culture of caring for their employees.

With Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League nearly finished, they have both decided to leave Rocksteady at the end of 2022 and will begin a new adventure in gaming. We have the utmost respect and gratitude for Jamie and Sefton and wish them all the best in their new endeavor, and like many fans, we look forward to what they do next.

David Haddad, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment President

“Rocksteady is very well-positioned with veteran studio leadership being elevated to oversee the team. We are extremely pleased to announce that Nathan Burlow, long time Rocksteady Director of Production and original founding member of the studio, will step up into the role of Studio Director and Darius Sadeghian will take the reigns as Studio Product Director.”

The blog post continues sharing, “Nathan and Darius are extremely talented executives and they are passionate about continuing the high-quality game development of Rocksteady for Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League and all future games.” I personally want to thank Jamie, Sefton, Nathan and Darius for all of their hard work and commitment to making this transition as strong as possible. Please join me in wishing Jamie and Sefton the best and congratulating Nathan and Darius,” Sadeghian writes in a comment.

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to lead and support the amazing, creative and talented team at Rocksteady. Throughout my career at the studio, I have been driven by the team’s passion and collaborative energy to achieve their creative vision. I want to extend my thanks to Jamie and Sefton, for all the support and guidance they have provided over the years, and for the time we have spent working closely together, which has been very special to me,” Burlow adds in his own statement.

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