In June, reports starting circulating that AT&T, the parent company of Warner Bros. as well as its gaming division, WB Games, were looking to sell off the gaming branch of its portfolio. Studios under the WB Games umbrella include NetherRealm, who make the Injustice series, UK based TT Games behind the LEGO games and perhaps the biggest one of all, Rocksteady, the progenitors of the modern, AAA comic book game with Batman: Arkham Asylum and its sequels as well as spin-offs.
Rumored potential buyers for WB Games, from a Eurogamer article, were Take Two, Electronic Arts and Activision Blizzard. Essentially the clue to the answer “What are three companies you do not want handling the DC Comics license?” on Jeopardy!. Now it seems AT&T have had a change of heart, deciding to keep their interactive division as it is. CEO Jason Kilar had this to say in an e-mail addressed to the company:
“Warner Bros. Television Studios group continues to be led by Chairman Peter Roth. Warner Bros. Interactive remains part of the Studios and Networks group, along with our Global Brands and Franchises team including DC led by Pam Lifford, and our Kids, Young Adults and Classics business led by Tom Ascheim, all focused on engaging fans with our brands and franchises through games and other interactive experiences.”
Those who worried that the likes of Wonder Woman, Superman and Batman would be held hostage by companies known for questionable business practices – Activision Blizzard is under fire for example for criminally underplaying its employees – you can let go a sigh of relief for the time being. An upcoming DC FanDome event on August 22nd will reportedly not just have the reveal of Rocksteady’s latest game, but also a look at a brand new Batman game from WB Games Montreal, the makers of Batman: Arkham Origins and A Matter of Family DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight.