Exploration will be encouraged in Batman: Arkham City, as the 80% of the entire game will be taking place on the streets, according to Dax Ginn of Rocksteady Studios. Yes, Arkham City will be a purely single player experience, but with a larger world, players should have no problem being able to get lost and explore the numerous side areas of the city.
There was plenty to like in Arkham Asylum, and for Batman: Arkham City Rocksteady Studios appears to be upping the fun quotient significantly with more of the cool stuff that makes Batman who he is. The Arkham City gameplay trailer, for instance, showcases a ton of the new things the Dark Knight will be capable of in his next outing on the current generation of consoles.
Some of the best moments in Arkham Asylum took place outdoors, where players got a real sense of the scale of the area. Arkham City will allow players to truly get a chance to stretch their wings over the expanse of the titular town. In an interview with PSM3, Ginn commented on the expansiveness of Arkham City.
"Interiors are locked to specific missions, but 80% of the game takes place on the streets. This means you can begin the game and just start exploring. Our objective was not to make a bigger game world just for the sake of it. We want to fill it with content, and there's no better world than Batman's universe to take inspiration from."
"We have 97 people on the team, compared to 65 on the first game. Because we've decided to make such a large world we had to bring in more artists, animators and so on. It's been a pretty huge technical and creative undertaking for the team."
Being able to jump into the game and not have to follow the main plot does seem enticing. Diehard exploration hounds will no doubt start by seeing all the areas they can, and discovering what the game has to offer. In addition to the streets of Arkham City, players will be able to explore the sewers as well, perhaps even running into The Sewer King.
With a game world that's ready to be seen, explored, and conquered, Arkham City will no doubt occupy gamers for long periods of time. There's a real sense of passion emanating from Rocksteady Studios. They appear highly committed to producing another Batman game that players will love, and are working very hard to do so. Will they be able to deliver? Signs point to yes.
Batman: Arkham City will be gliding through the night sky on October 18, 2011, for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC.
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