Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment (also known as Warner Bros. Games or WB Games) is an American video game publisher based in Burbank, California. The company is part of the WarnerMedia conglomerate through the Home Entertainment division of WarnerMedia's Warner Bros. arm.
WB Games was founded in January 2004 under Warner Bros. and transferred to the Home Entertainment division when that company was formed in October 2005. WBIE manages the wholly owned game development studios TT Games, Rocksteady Studios, NetherRealm Studios, Monolith Productions, WB Games Boston, Avalanche Software, and WB Games Montréal, among others.
WB Games was a technical successor of Time Warner Interactive, a game studio division of Time Warner Inc. (now known as WarnerMedia Inc., the owner of the Warner Bros. and in-turn serving as a subsidiary of AT&T) founded in 1993, itself had their own history traced back into the 1976 takeover of Atari Inc.. Time Warner Interactive will later takeover Atari Games, an arcade division of the newfound Atari Co. (a successor of Atari Inc. after the North American video game crash of 1983) and inherited their staff, while allowed Atari Co. to kept the licenses of their products. After Time Warner Interactive were dissolved in 1996, several former employees of Time Warner Interactive will later join Warner Bros. and became the foundation of WB Games.
- They're behind the modern Mortal Kombat, Middle-earth, Batman: Arkham and Lego series.
- They saved the Mortal Kombat series from being killed off. They also rebranded WB Games Chicago into NetherRealm Studios to develop the reboot series.
- They saved Avalanche Software from closing their doors after Disney Interactive Studios shut down in 2016.
- They allowed their studios to take big risks at making entirely new games based on popular books or comics:
- Rocksteady Studios took a huge gamble at creating a new Batman video game series in reinventing the superhero genre, with the result really paying off.
- Monolith Productions created Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor which was not only a great game but helped to repopularised The Lord of the Rings franchise.
- When Warner Bros. acquired TT Games, they allowed them to create LEGO games based off the DC Superheroes which led to them being even more successful than before.
- After Midway Games went bankrupt and closed their doors, Warner Bros. payed respect to them by releasing the Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection which includes the original 3 games in the series.
- Instead of releasing a crossover game between Mortal Kombat and DC Universe, as was the case with Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe, Warner Bros. decided to release an actual fighting game based on the DC characters. That game would eventually become Injustice: Gods Among Us, which even spawned a franchise and thus a sequel was also released.
Much like Ubisoft and Sega, they still do bad things as well, which led them to have their own page on Crappy Games Wiki.