Warner Bros. Job Postings Hint At New ‘DC Comics’ Game – Batman: Arkham 3?

Published 2 years ago by , Updated July 17th, 2013 at 3:37 pm,

Batman Arkham City 2 Warner Bros Montreal

The Batman: Arkham series is one of the best selling and arguably one of the most critically acclaimed franchises in the entirety of the DC Universe. It makes sense that Warner Bros. Interactive would want to keep The Dark Knight in the spotlight and many wonder how a continuation of the series would be possible due to the very controversial ending of Batman: Arkham City.

Warner Bros. hinted at a new title back in January after registering Batman-themed domain names, and there have been rumors circulating that Rocksteady, the original Arkham series developers, won’t have a hand in the latest installment. After all, it was Warner Bros. Studios in Montreal and Burbank who were responsible for porting Arkham City to the Wii U (read our review)last year and if the latest job postings are of any indication, the Montreal developer may be behind the Batman: Arkham threequel.

Rocksteady will be busy working on the Silver Age/Justice League prequel set to release in 2014 and WB stated that the new Arkham title will release in 2013. “And we also have a strong games release this year, which will include the next release in the Batman Arkham franchise” says Time Warner CFO John K. Martin in their Q4 Conference Call.

Time Warner’s site posted new job postings for Warner Bros. Montreal, hinting at a coming release. Listings for a Producer and Creative Director indicated that prospective employees will “work with its game development team responsible for expanding the DC Comics universe in the interactive space.” Though with the hiring times and a potential fall 2013 release date, the job positions could very well be for future projects as well.

The studio’s senior producer Ben Mattes tweeted last week the following before removing it, hinting at a pre-E3 reveal:

“In just 2-3 months, our project will be announced (in grand fashion) and it’s going to be big!”

Though we don’t know what the game will be called or if it’s tied to Arkham Asylum and its successor, given all the information accumulated in the past weeks, we would bet that Warner Interactive’s new game is the third and perhaps final installment in the Batman: Arkham storyline. What setting will the game explore, and could the next installment take on the oft-speculated Batman: Gotham City title and offer the most open-world Batman/Bruce Wayne experience yet?

Do you feel that Warner Bros. Interactive will take the Arkham franchise in a new direction? What do you hope to see from a new Arkham game when it comes to its villains? Let us know in the comments below!

Sources: TimeWarner Careers (1, 2) (via Videogamer)

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

  • Game Guy

    I CANT WAIT!!!

  • Gallifreyanjedi

    I’d feel a lot better if Rocksteady was helping out in some way. But I’ll wait and see. If it is a sequel to Arkham City I’d like them to continue the Hush plot-line and throw in Jason Todd in to the mix.

    • MVG

      Maybe also follow up on Azrael’s warning of Gotham burning?

      • Dane

        Gotham burning sounds a lot like another one of Ra’s al Ghul’s crazy plots to cleanse the corrupt city.

      • Gallifreyanjedi

        Ahh, yes that too! That completely slipped my mind. Hopefully they’d tie in to each other though.

    • AverageGamer

      Totally agree with everything you said… oh and Azrael too

  • deadpool87

    This game needs to be called Batman: Ashes of Arkham, based on the Azrael prophecy. It needs to be based all in Gotham and incorporate vehicles like the Batmobile and Batplane in gameplay. They should also use Robin and Nightwing in the story mode like how they switched between Batman and Catwoman in Arkham City. I would like to see Mad Hatter, Calendar Man, Clayface return as well a Black Mask and Hush. The story needs to be about Azraels prophecy and bring back Scarecrow as the main villain who will bring about the destruction of Gotham as fortold in the prophecy. And have the Harley Quinn pregnant/not pregnant storyline as a side story. Oh, new characters I’d like would be Red Hood, Prometheus, Great White Shark, The Creeper and Deathstroke.

    • ATG

      Agreed! Dream come true.

    • Red

      “There is no such thing as need, there is only want. you don’t need to eat, drink or breath. You can choose death.” – Day One of High School Economics.

  • ATG

    Do you feel that Warner Bros. Interactive will take the Arkham franchise in a new direction?

    They don’t need to take it in a new direction. Just keep going in the direction they were going. I’d be really disappointed if it does not FEEL like the previous Arkham games.

    What do you hope to see from a new Arkham game when it comes to its villains?

    Hush and Azrael should be the main villains. Cameos from Arkham City should return with bigger roles.

    • Game Guy

      Hush, Scarecrow, Two Face, Poison Ivy, Killer Moth, Mad Hatter, Ras Al Ghul, Harley Quinn, Bane, and Red Hood.

      I want Hush to be the main villain, Killer Moth (in an air-bourne fight with batman!!!) and Red Hood is getting the gang members behind him (like in Under the Red Hood).

      Maybe Red hoods gang is dealing the Titan drug to people and Batman need to stop it? That would most likely be a secondary mission, though.

      I also want Riddler in a bigger role, and not like in the last two games where he is behind the curtains.

      • Game Guy

        I forgot Deathstroke…

        • Bishop

          If possible I’d like to see some interpretation of Owl Man show up.

  • jeff

    Manbat would be awesome

  • YourColourTelevision

    The Game is actually being developed by Spark Unlimited.

    They made Legendary and Turning Point: Fall of Liberty.
    Two completely shit games. However, they lately have been getting their hands on various big name franchises.

    They’re doing Lost Planet 3 and Ninja Gaiden 4 and now even Arkham 3.
    They also where once hired to do Star Wars Battlefront 3…

    I’m not quite sure how they get their hands on all these franchises, considering their track record…

    • Dante

      Oh geez, I really hope that’s not true. So they have an extremely successful franchise made by Studio A, and they decide that Studio B, which has yet to make a successful game should have a crack at it?


      Rocksteady wasn’t “playing ball” and wouldn’t release a new Arkham game till they were creatively ready.

      Also, most likely, Rocksteady wouldn’t rush out an Arkham game to coincide with Warner’s awful Justice League movie idea.

  • Doc-H

    I want to see a playable redhood for challenge maps and possibly some missions in an open world mode where you can play as all characters not just Batman

  • Ranter

    If this isn’t being handled by Rocksteady then I don’t think this game will be that great. The company itself that is bringing this game into development has a horrible track record of producing games with any substance. I feel the same villains we saw in Arkham City and Arkham Asylum will be the ones presented in the last installment of the franchise and I just have a weird feeling we won’t see any Gotham City but start off back in Akham Asylum and work yourself back in Arkham City. I’m not really looking forward to this at all it just seems like a money grabber 3rd installment.

  • The Dark Knight

    I’d like the batmobile, batwing and the batcave to be accessable along with some new playable characters in the main story. If rocksteady isn’t developing I think they should at least be involved in some way. Rocksteady were the ones that brought us both of the amazing previous titles.

  • Game Guy

    (side mission ideas) Love to see Red Hood and his gang sell the Titan drug to users around Gotham, and I would like to see another villain find some of Batman’s loot in one of his “emergency batcaves”.

    (possible use of bat plane?) Man-Bat/Killer Moth in an air bourne battle?

    And the main story is Ras Al Ghul who wants to burn Gotham to the ground.

    I would also like to see Riddler in a bigger role and not the behind the curtains like in the last two games.

  • http://www.gamearthub.net PentaxFans

    no Rocksteady, no fun

  • Game Guy

    I hope the main story is something like this:

    Batman discovers that one of his hidden emergency Bat caves were broken into and he goes around looking for the bad guy, this leads him to catwoman who, ended up doing nothing.

    Side missions include, Batman ends up discovering that the Red Hood is selling Titan to drug users and he stops that (as a side mission), has to stop Harley Quinn who is trying to draw out the bat by taking hostages in a hospital, take down Fire Fly who is burning the city, stop Bane from causing a gang war with the Red Hood over the Titan. etc…

    The main story is that he defeat the Scarecrow who is a pawn of Hush and is mostly just a distraction… another distraction would be Black Mask, Hush/Ras Al Ghul got him to hire a bunch of assassins to take out the Mayor, Jim Gordon and Batman, the assassins are mostly no bodies, however Dead Shot is one of them. This would be in the main story.

    By the end of the day, he drives at least the Bat Plane when fighting Man-Bat in a battle in the air, and discovers that Hush and Ras Al Ghul were working together for the cause of killing batman/bruce wayne (hush’s plan) and turning the city to ashes (Ras’ plan), This ends up not working out so good and they turn on each other.

    Other new villains I would like to see would be Onimiapia and Maxie Zeus.