The Dark Knight is rising again, but who's Batman's daddy?

by Paul Verhoeven Featured 8 Comments 21 Votes 2058 Views 13/02/2013 Back to Articles

In somewhat breaking news, a member of management over at Time Warner has confirmed that, yes, a new instalment in the Arkham series of games will rear its potentially glorious head this year. There's a transcript of his statement over at Yahoo! Finance, but we'll save you the trouble and cut straight to the pertinent bit:

"And we also have a strong games release this year, which will include the next release in the Batman Arkham franchise. So all in all, we expect Warners to post another very strong year in 2013. And with a little luck, the year should be as good or maybe even a little bit better than 2012."

Huzzah! However, gaming blog VG247 have claimed they have sources who in turn claim that this third instalment won't be developed by Rocksteady.

RUMOURS. They have the potential to utterly ruin whatever scant gestating joy we were going to suck from the desiccated husk of this news. Let's look at the facts: there's a new Arkham game coming out this year. That's it. That's all we actually know, and we've only known it for, at most, ten hours.

If you find out you're having a kid ... then you don't care when it's coming out, although to be fair, you MIGHT care who the father is.

If you find out you're having a kid, provided you've been dying to have a kid, then you don't care when it's coming out (of a human female, not a game studio), although to be fair, you MIGHT care who the father is. And at this stage, if you care to buy into the rumour mill, it might not be Rocksteady.

(Audience gasp)

The Arkham series is undeniably fantastic, and Arkham City did a superb job of embiggening everything that needed embiggening from Arkham Asylum: a bigger world, bigger and better combat, bigger and (arguably) better plot. But where Arkham City really shined was its ability to capture the scope and weight of the Batman experience. Apart from the (in this critic's opinion) narrative misstep of cramming in every villain possible, it really did feel like you were Batman. A feeling I carry with me everywhere I go, which might explain why public transport officers hate me so much.

So yes, perhaps Rocksteady won't be making Arkham 3, and instead will be working on their rumoured silver age Batman prequel (which would be incredible, incidentally). Perhaps they'll make both. Either way, it is officially too soon to get whatever manner of undergarment you wear in anything resembling a twist. We'll report on any further updates as they occur. Go and run a nice hot bath.

By Paul Verhoeven

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I'm all for changing developer, but it'd be nice to have one complete the trilogy.
Yeah, it'd just feel weird if they continued the last entry in the Arkham franchise without Rocksteady. They're the ones who revived Batman as a viable IP (I mean come on, no other Batman games have come close).
Does the Arkham franchise even really need a third (I haven't played the 2nd)

Guess WB are in a hurry to get the silver age batman out for a next gen release too.

Does it mean the third in the arkham series will be much of the same (not thats bad a thing). Would changing developers be that much of a difference if the assets are there. We've had other devs handle ports from other devs for other platforms (though not entirely the same thing) but they turned out okay.
Eh...I'd much rather a TMNT game in the Arkam mould.

punk said: Does the Arkham franchise even really need a third (I haven't played the 2nd)
Guess WB are in a hurry to get the silver age batman out for a next gen release too.
Does it mean the third in the arkham series will be much of the same (not thats bad a thing). Would changing developers be that much of a difference if the assets are there. We've had other devs handle ports from other devs for other platforms (though not entirely the same thing) but they turned out okay.



I guess if it sells, they'll always make more. That's the WB way!

Like, let's make this tiny book called The Hobbit into three movies, for example.

Ben said:
I guess if it sells, they'll always make more. That's the any-business-that-exists way!



Fixed :P
There was a rumor last year going around that the company that made Arkham City, were planning on making a TMNT (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) game in a similar style to Arkham City, but it was dismissed quick enough.

ManicPanda said: There was a rumor last year going around that the company that made Arkham City, were planning on making a TMNT (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) game in a similar style to Arkham City, but it was dismissed quick enough.



now that would be awesome.

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