Rocksteady’s New ‘Batman’ Game Release Date, Logo Leaked?

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Batman Arkham 3 Origins

There was never any doubt that Warner Bros.’ Batman: Arkham Origins was designed to continue the franchise that Rocksteady Studios had built, while the UK studio went on to develop their next project. It was almost a certainty that the game would be a new Batman experience, but specifics have been hard to come by. When word broke last month of an impending announcement, fans knew they simply had to count the days, but the details may already be appearing.

Now, a retailer has spotted what looks to be promotional material for Rocksteady’s next Batman title featuring a new logo, and a projected release date of October 8, 2014. Take all these reports with a grain of salt, but if past reports hold true, fans may have an official announcement to look forward to within days.

It’s been a foregone conclusion that Rocksteady would continue to work on DC Comics’ most famous vigilante, with rumors of a Silver Age adventure just one of several options. Voice actor Kevin Conroy already confirmed that he would be voicing Bruce Wayne in an unannounced Arkham game, hinting that Rocksteady wasn’t straying too far from a successful formula. Now a retail employee has spotted a piece of promotional artwork in the wild:

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New Batman Arkham Game Logo Leaked

There doesn’t seem to be much revealed in the artwork, aside from the continued Arkham logo, and what appears to be a fiery tinge to the design. According to Kotaku, a GameStop employee revealed that stores were also receiving an a poster tied to the game dubbed ‘Zeppelin,’ but photos of that artwork have yet to appear online.

That’s little to go on for most, but Batman fans know that zeppelins are one of the signature trademarks of Gotham City’s skyline, so perhaps Rocksteady is building and even bigger open world than before; tackling Gotham proper, not merely Arkham? Add in the prospect of seeing the city (like the logo) bathed in fire, and you’ve got a head-turning piece of advertising (not to mention potential Game Informer cover) promising not just a more complex game world for next-gen, but devastation fans have yet to see.

Batman The Cult Deacon Blackfire Game

The Joker may be out of the picture after the events of Arkham City, but there are plenty more choices for ‘big bads’ whenever Batman is being discussed. If we had to choose a prime contender, we’d go with ‘Deacon Blackfire.’ Not only due to his name being somewhat of a play on the apparent logo for the game, but his ruthlessness. In the brutal Jim Starlin story arc “The Cult,” Deacon Blackfire takes over Gotham City by force, capturing and brainwashing Batman in the process.

That’s just one theory based purely on speculation, but it would promise a level of maturity and scale of disaster that would take the Arkham series into a new realm – something that the developers are likely looking to do after two entries placed squarely in the most famous Batman characters. The same batch of leaked details claims that employees are instructed to only place the material after March 3, and that the still-unnamed game has a release date for October 8, 2014.

Hopefully the truth can be separated from fact in just a few short days, when Rocksteady gets around to making an official announcement – if any. What are your hopes for the next Batman game from the makers of Asylum and City? Would you like to see a familiar sequel, or a completely new direction for next-gen?

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Source: Gamespot (via Batman-News), Kotaku

TAGS: Batman, PC, PS4, Rocksteady Studios, Warner Bros. Interactive, Xbox One

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  1. these are the villains i think should be in the new game [ not including villains that weren't in the last 3 games
    man bat
    red hood
    Jason Todd
    killer moth
    the great white shark
    doctor darkk
    David Cain
    the black glove
    doctor hurt
    professor pig [ who wouldn't want batman talking to commissioner Gordon about someone called professor pig]
    deacon blackfire
    gentlemen ghost
    the KGBeast
    Scarlet
    the terrible trio
    brother blood [ i would love to see him and scarecrow team up ]

    most of these would be side missions but they could introduce green arrow by having brother blood hold him hostage [ i think brother blood is a green arrow villain

    • meant to put were no weren’t

      • another mistake meant to put not instead of no

  2. Two-Face should have a bigger role in the story, since his appearance in Arkham City was just a glorified cameo.

    • Forgot to add, I think Scarecrow will be the main villain. His return was hinted in AC and also that “fear will tear Gotham to shreds”.

  3. the game has been announced saw the trailer on ign it looks amazing

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