Rocksteady’s New ‘Batman’ Game Revealed Next Month?

Feb 6, 2014 by  

Rocksteady Next Superhero Games

With the sheer number of high profile leaks and rumors surrounding every major video game studio these days, the fact that Rocksteady Studios has managed to keep their next project quiet is truly impressive. With Batman: Arkham City proving that their first successful adaptation of DC’s Dark Knight wasn’t a fluke, they’ve remained off the radar.

It’s still completely unclear what the studio is up to, but it seems fans won’t have to wait much longer. According to some hasty tweets from a European journalist, Rocksteady is preparing to announce their upcoming game in the coming weeks.

Given that Rocksteady has become somewhat synonymous with Batman, with both Arkham Asylum and City under their belts, the writing on the wall has pointed to yet another Batman title for next-gen systems. Rumors had circled of a retro Silver Age adventure, or even a full-blown Justice League video game, but those reports died down once it became clear that all Rocksteady lips were sealed.

Thanks to a tweet from Dutch journalist Jan Meijroos (since deleted, but preserved thanks to NeoGAF), it looks like Rocksteady is already welcoming press to see the game close-up:

Rocksteady New Game Tweet

Meijroos wouldn’t give any further details when asked, but confirmed that he wasn’t able to speak about the game for another month, going so far as to imply that a Game Informer cover story was all but guaranteed for Rocksteady’s next release. Again, both tweets have been deleted, but the damage is done – and fans can start counting the days.

The most obvious answer to this Rocksteady riddle is that the UK studio is set to announce another Batman: Arkham game, harnessing the power of the Xbox One and PS4 to drop players into a larger, richer, and more densely-populated environment (Gotham City, perhaps?). But plenty of time has passed since their last game, and it seems just as likely that the studio’s game will center on a star other than Batman.

For starters, the persisting rumors of a Silver Age Batman title chronicling the first meeting between Batman and the Joker need to be re-examined, given that Batman: Arkham Origins covered that story already. And much of the original rumor reasoned that such a meeting would have been set so far in the past, a new visual style would be needed – hence the Silver Age treatment.

Rocksteady Next Batman Superman Game

Could the initial rumors – a game being made to chronicle Batman and Joker’s first encounter (Origins), and a Silver Age Justice League title – have been combined, meaning players could be in for a very different Rocksteady experience? The studio had promised something “exciting” and “different” for their next game, so if WB Games has been handed the reins to a new Arkham universe post-Origins, then who knows what the next Rocksteady title could feature.

Is it possible that as both of DC’s biggest superheroes hit the big screen in 2016, Rocksteady is set to tackle the monumental task of creating a Superman game that isn’t terrible? It’s still a feat few have attempted, but if anyone could give the prospect a fighting chance, it’s Rocksteady.

What do you hope to see when Rocksteady announces their next title: another Arkham installment, or something entirely new? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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Source: NeoGAF

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  1. Please, no more Batman.

    • Please, take your story somewhere else.

  2. Please have Kevin Conroy as Batman this time.

    • Please have Paul Dini return as the writer.

  3. The Death and Return of Superman released by Blizzard Entertainment and Sunsoft on the SNES was actually a good game.

  4. It would be really cool to have a story based rpg justice league title. And made by Rocksteady, it woukd be amazing.

  5. Op, he said “zoinks!”. Looks like we’re getting a Scooby Doo game.

  6. it could be a batman vs superman game although i would much prefer a new batman game

  7. I don’t know about anyone else, but I was disappointed with the feeble attempt that WB games made with trying to piggyback on ROCKSTEADY’s creations. Sure the story’s were ok at best, but my biggest problem was the game disk it’s self. I pre-ordered Origins for 360 and it kept seizing up every 20 minutes. I figured it was the system (never was a fan of 360) so I bought it on ps3, and still, it seized up every 45 minutes or so. 2 games, 2 systems from 2 different stores seems like a programming or manufacturing issue to me. Hopefully ROCKSTEADY can reclaim the throne as the bad-ass mofo’s they’ve proved to be and regale us with an awesome game to show WB Montreal how it’s done.

  8. I thank they should make anorher Batman game, with the of playing Super man, and Batman. That would b crazy!!! So not only u can explore the whoooole Gothem City this time, with the exception of using the Batwing, Motorcycle, and Batmobile, u can explore the world of Metropolis as well. I thank thats how u spell it ha!!! And not to mention the fighting skills and acrobatics. Now that’ll B cazy!!!

  9. I think there is unfinished business in Arkham City… Hush..Calander Man…Azreal…Scarecrow and some others. But maybe Batman is starting to get old and needs some help.. hence the JLA comes in slowly then it can open up from there with each individual.. Aquaman,GreenLantern,Superman, Wonderwoman Cyborg etc. This is what I would like to see anyway. I just hope the rumor about a Ninja Turtles game is NOT true, my god that would be such a huge let down from such a great company.

  10. The game will be a large Gotham City as big as Liberty City in Grand Theft Auto IV, along with the ability to play as Batman, Robin and Nightwing simultaneously. The story would be that Nightwing and Robin took care of Gotham while Batman was on a secret undercover mission for 2 months. During the final month, Batman has lost communication and Nightwing presumed him dead.

    However, gameplay opens with Bruce being tied up and beaten by Kobra terrorists as he was found out infiltrating their ranks. However, his execution is interrupted when the League of Assassins attacks. Talia has come to save Bruce, and you play out a few battles until Kobra is taken down. Talia then mentions she needs Bruce after what has happened to Gotham, the home of her precious Lazarus Pitt…

    It’s revealed Gotham has been declared a NO MAN’S LAND after the 7.6 magnitude earthquake. All bridges have been closed off in and out of Gotham. That’s right, the game i set on the massive No Man’s Land story arcs with the Bats, with Batman and Gordon trying to reclaim territory piece by piece. Plots will be changed to fit with the Arkhamverse as well as add some interesting layers like trying to regain the Lazarus Pitt which will now be used by the wrong hands.

    The Riddler, Cluemaster and The Prankster will have the treasure-hunting aspect covered with all three characters. Each will also have their own side-missions with a huge rogues gallery including many new to the series like Blockbuster, Tarantula, Doctor Hurt, Tarantula, Man-Bat, Holiday Killer, Royal Flush Gang and of course, The Red Hood.

    Also, Lex Luthor will get involved at the end just as he did in the comics. Nice tie-in for Man of Steel 2, although it will be “classic” Lex instead of the scrawny and neurotic one from the movie.

  11. I would love to see a Justice League/Young Justice character set for the next game in a truly open world Metropolis, Gotham, Star City, whatever.

  12. I hope to God that Rocksteady is not stupid enough to try shoehorning the rest of the DC Universe into the next Arkham game. The presence of Superman, Green Lantern, Cyborg and others would completely break the mechanic. Keep it Batman-oriented, and Superman-free.

    And I honestly hope they get someone other than Paul Dini to write the next game. After the god-awful mess that was Arkham City’s story, I don’t trust him to write another good plot (Arkham Origins, despite having many other issues, ironically enough had the best story and characterization of the three current Arkham games).

    And I’m gonna laugh at anyone who seriously believes that Scarecrow is going to be a major mastermind in this game. After what they did to him in Arkham Asylum? He will at most be a flunky for someone else, or a side-mission. And I highly doubt that the League of Assassins is going to appear, after being wasted on that crappy plot twist in City. Which is probably for the best. Talia was annoying as hell, and Ra’s is an infinitely less interesting antagonist than Hugo Strange (which makes it a bigger shame that the latter was punked just to give the former more prominence). Harley Quinn will hopefully never appear again. Without the Joker, she is a s***** character, and her awful characterization in Asylum/City made me wish for her to die a horrible, painful death.

    Hush will (probably) be the central villain, which is a shame. He is a terrible Batman villain and an inferior knock-off much more better antagonists. How he remains so popular is beyond me.

    I’m kind of hoping for a return to the Castlevania/Metroid-style atmosphere/game-play of Arkham Asylum. Arkham City was bland as hell in terms of environment and exploration, and you could only access like, what, less than 15% of the actual place. Arkham Asylum let you have freedom to explore almost every nook and cranny, Arkham City limited the player severely in that department.

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