New ‘Batman: Arkham’ Game Signaled for 2013 Release

Published 1 year ago by , Updated February 16th, 2013 at 5:31 pm,

Batman Arkham game 2013 Development

[Update: More info about this year's Batman/DC Comics game]

2014 has been the locus of expectation for a new Batman Arkham game ever since series developer Rocksteady was linked to a possible Silver Age, Justice League prequel last July. But apparently Warner Bros. Interactive has hastier intentions. Though not naming a development studio, the publisher revealed today that a new installment in the Arkham franchise will be arriving in 2013.

The intriguing, rather surprising news stems from Time Warner’s Q4 conference call (via Yahoo! Finance), where Time Warner CFO and Chief Administrative Officer John K. Martin singled out the game to project a sanguine outlook for 2013:

“And we also have a strong games release this year, which will include the next release in the Batman Arkham franchise.”

While unexpected, the timing isn’t exactly unreasonable. With Batman soaring to his greatest gaming heights ever on the success of the Arkham franchise — 2009′s highly regarded Batman: Arkham Asylum and 2011′s highly revered Batman: Arkham City – it’s only natural that Warner Bros. would be eager to keep him there. The only question now: how?

It isn’t just the way Arkham City ended (spoiler-free hint: It was rather definitive) that seemed to place the series on a nebulous trajectory; the uncertain state of Warner Bros.’s Caped Crusader movie stewardship — with Christopher Nolan’s departure prompting speculation about a possible Batman reboot and union with the upcoming Justice League film — has left the list of Arkham’s potential avenues wide open.

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There is, of course, the chance that Martin was mentioning Rocksteady’s potential 2014 Silver Age project — rumored to adjoin Batman with the Justice League as they face the Joker for the first time — but this seems unlikely. Forgetting, for a second, that studios rarely advance their anticipated release dates by a year (and that at this point, such a move could also make the difference between current- and next-gen consoles) Rocksteady has signaled a clear intent to upend the current Arkham formula. Teaming Batman up with Flash, Green Lantern, Superman and Wonder Woman — that’s an overhaul better suited for more extensive, three-year project; for the next generation and for greater synergy with Warner’s film agenda.

So back to speculating about this year. Should Warner Bros. release a new Arkham in 2013, employing a different studio than Rocksteady, a Justice League prequel is hardly the only option. For one, there’s an Arkham Asylum prequel. Just a few weeks ago, 15 domain names were uncovered that Warner had registered for a new Arkham game, and several — “Batman Arkham Begins,” “Batman Arkham Origins” and “Batman Arkham Stories,” for instance — hinted at a connection to the universe’s roots. Not only would such a title serve as an effective buffer between Arkham City and a Rocksteady Silver Age metastasis, it would allow the new studio to explore their own storylines — perhaps even building an entire game around side characters, as Arkham City DLC’s like Catwoman and Harley Quinn’s Revenge (where Robin became playable) showed an aptitude for.

Batman Arkham game 2013 Release

And even still, there so many factors to consider: Next-gen? Current-gen? Both? Neither (Surprise Vita-exclusive?)? Release date? Title? It goes without saying that we’re curious to hear more. For now, though, let us know what you think. Tell us below what you’d like to see from the Batman Arkham franchise in 2013.

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Source: Yahoo! Finance [via Joystiq]

TAGS: Batman, Batman Arkham Asylum, Batman Arkham City, Rocksteady Studios, Warner Bros. Interactive

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  1. Well I gotta say I’m excited. Hopefully rocksteady is secretly developing it. I’d rather see a sequel with hush and scarecrow as main baddies. I also want robin to be playable and have a larger role cuz robin is awesome and nightwing cuz he is also awesome haha

    I would like to see that silver age prequel but if rather have a sequel before a prequel.

    And current gen is fine with me but if the runours are true and ps4 is launched late this year then make a bundle and I’m sold on it.

  2. i like batman Arkham games but… MAKE SOME OTHER SUPERHERO GAMES!

    i want Superman, Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter, Flash, hell even the a Justice League and thats just the DC comics side.

    Apparently Rocksteady is not involed so my hype dead a little so i have to wait for footage to make a solid opinion on what i think

    • Its simple, Batman is the money maker. No reason to waste time on anything else really

      • Rocksteady has made a name for themselves as a studio that understands the source material and can make a great game. Heck, if Rocksteady wants to make a Bat Mite game I’d probably play it. The point being, if Rocksteady were to do a superhero game that wasn’t Batman I think they could sell it based on the studio’s pedigree.

  3. Rocksteady has proven how good they are let them keep the Batman Arkham games. If someone else does them then it could ruin the brand forever.

  4. As much as absolutely loved both Batman: Arkham Asylum and City, I feel that Rocksteady should focus on developing other AAA games for other superheros characters before starting off with a silver age justice leagued game. I believe that the next Superhero game that they should develop is “Superman” himself! I mean, if there is one superhero who “NEEDS” their own amazing game it is him. Just take a look at Superman’s video game history. Most of them are horrible, Superman for the N64 is notoriously known as one of the worst video games ever created. However, there were a few just mediocre video games including Superman: Shadow of Apokolips and and the most latest being Superman: Returns in 2006.

    • The Death and Return of Superman for the SNES was an awesome game. I would love to see a Rocksteady remake of that with the Batman Arkham City style.

      • Agreed. I understand why Superman is such a difficult character to make good games for him. He is near invincible so they would have trouble comping up with things that would challenge him. I mean, they can’t have every single enemy have kryptonite .

        • *coming up *

  5. If theres gonna be a new Arkham game, whether being a prequel or sequel, let Rocksteady make it. They already showed that they ARE the “Batman Guys”. I just hope its a sequel! Im sure Rocksteady can come up with an awesome story for a sequel.

    • Yes! Arkham City wasn’t a definite end. To *SPOILERS*

      Jokers arc, yes. But you got Hush, Scarecrows unaccounted for, they didnt use Jason Todd, it could be so much better!

  6. I’d love to see Gotham City

    • +1

  7. Okay, how about Arkham Island. There are still rouges out there that Batman didn’t fight in Arkham City. Such as Manbat, Black Mask, Killer Moth among others. I wanna do battle with Black Mask darn it!! And a Batmobile/Bat plane stage in the rest of the city.

  8. I want them to make a good game

  9. I absolutely love rocksteady’s version of Batman, it couldnt get any better honestly. But i can agree with everyone else on giving Superman a chance at videogame stardom. Although batman is my favorite hero, superman is another perfect project to work on and his rogue gallery could creaqte a great story, especially involving lex luthor, just throwing that out there. But if not him, the justice league is a definite winner!!

  10. This is amazing news! I’ve been waiting for a new Arkham game ever since… well, since I finished Arkham City!

    IMO it would be best if Rocksteady were in control of development, but I’m sure that if WB/DC gets someone else to do it, they’ll do a decent job with the franchise.

    The only thing I really want though, is for this new game to be a SEQUEL to AC, not a prequel to AA. They ended AC with a few places a sequel could go (Hush and Azrael for example) so to me it wouldn’t make sense to do a prequel instead.

    • I agree, either way I’m excited about another addition to the Arkham series.

    • i agree mainly bc Mark Hamill isnt doing the Joker’s voice anymore so the absence of him as a voice actor would greatly harm a prequel where Joker would once again be the main guy.

  11. i dont know. honestly i dont really care for me BAA and BAC are all i will ever need for the rest of my life as far as batman games go. but hey it would be neat to get more out of the series even a prequel tho itll hardly be much good cause Mark Hamill said he wasnt doing Jokers voice anymore and its worthless without that depth of voice acting from him so i dont know i wouldnt preorder it. especially not if they are gonna pull the catwoman locked on the disc dlc sh*t again.

  12. Super Arkham Galaxy!!! :D

    • Batman joins the Guardians of the Galaxy! Crossover madness! Ah!

  13. If they go with Arkham origins, that would leave us with the possibility of an epic story line that, if warner bro’s. had the rights to a certain horror writers works, could bring the game into a more super-natural setting(maybe to feature ras al ghul as a main villain), adding in horror, stealth, action, mystery, and a heaping of secrets and conspiracies deep within the twisted pasts of not only Arkham Asylum, but its residents as well. And to think on it more, delving into Batman’s mind could reveal some psychological trauma he needs to come to terms with before it leaves him as mad as the joker was. But at this point, anything is up for speculation.

    • I don’t know what you’re referencing but it made me think of A Serious House on Serious Earth and if we could get that kind of atmosphere in a video game I could die happy.

  14. Keep Batman…have a prequel to arkham asylum. Have it in an open world gotham city…be able to ride the batmobile and use the batcave. U are all wrong! This is the game to be made. Screw justice league…screw superman…That is all

    • Wow, you are a perfect example of a over obsessed Batman fanboy.

  15. I want Rocksteady to just focus on Batman. Just for one more game, then they can do Justice League, Superman, or whatever they want. There is still a few questions from Arkham that need answering. Also, I want to see Red Hood in the games.

    And please, that prequel idea, aka, a excuse to shoehorn in JL cause WB MAY do a movie (which, as I guessed, nothing would come out of) is NOT the way to go.

  16. Simple I wanna see more Harley (my fav female character!) and it’d be great if you could choose sides: Be the hero and play as Batman or Robin OR play the villain and play as the Joker or Red Hood. I LOVED Arkham City but I was so into it that I became sad when it all ended (not to mention the ENDING was shocking!). I’d also love to see a Batman Beyond based game at some point.

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  18. so they are goinge a new xbox 360 batman game as the silver age prequel ,in 2014 , cool,says brandin lee detroy , that will rock!!!!!!!!!!!! and give batman all the batsuits,.. and with all more of harley quinn’s goons, and with harley quinn as his sidekick,

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