Rocksteady co-founders Sefton Hill and Jamie Walker have today announced that they will be leaving the studio at the end of this year to pursue a “new adventure in gaming”. Best known for their work on the Batman: Arkham series, Hill served as the director of all the mainline entries while Walker was studio director the entire time.
They have held the same positions during the development of Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League, but their departure should not be seen as a reflection of its production. The official blog post on the Rocksteady website says the PS5 title is “nearly finished”. It’s currently slated for a 2023 release after being delayed out of this year.
In Hill and Walker’s place, Nathan Burlow (director of production, founding member) takes up the role of studio director while Darius Sadeghian is the new studio product director. “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,” the article claims. Both note they wish to continue the efforts of Hill and Walker by putting out Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League and retaining Rocksteady’s legacy and company culture.
By pursuing “a new adventure in gaming”, it certainly sounds like Hill and Walker will be looking to set up their own studio in the future, as many other creative leads have done in the past five or so years. Thankfully, it sounds like Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League won’t suffer as a result of their departures.