Perhaps to ensure they receive new customers in the wake of Netflix abandoning their Qwikster service, Blockbuster will be offering those who pre-order Batman: Arkham City from them one month of unlimited video game and movie rentals. The pre-order does cost $10 so it’s not entirely free, but that isn’t the only opportunity fans will have of scoring perks for their purchase.
With Batman: Arkham City releasing in under a week, waste makes haste, and for those who don’t care where their game is purchased from, having unlimited rentals for a month doesn’t seem too bad in the scheme of things. That is to say, if you can tear yourself away from playing Batman long enough to actually enjoy the service.
The buzz surrounding Batman has been pretty active, with a great deal of information becoming evident in the recent weeks, some of it saddening. For example, you will have to have a VIP pass in order to unlock Catwoman. On the happier side of the spectrum, Batman has been garnering some pretty positive reviews so far, weeks before actual reviews will be posted.
Rocksteady Studios might be taking some calculated risks with their follow up to Arkham Asylum, especially with the extensive number of villains that will be making an appearance, but we think their could be more. However, should the company be up to it, more Batman games will be produced by Rocksteady and we might get to see the entirety of Batman’s rogue gallery make an appearance in updated video game form. Considering the recent decline of Blockbuster, this may be the last chance the company ever has to offer a pre-order bonus for a Bat-title.
Should you be a resident of Canada, Future Shop stores will be holding midnight releases where early-in-line purchases are eligible to win a free copy of Batman Begins on Blu-ray and a Frank Miller-designed The Dark Knight Returns DLC costume for Batman. Other merchandise like keychains and t-shirts will also be available throughout the night. So if you live near one of the participating Canadian stores, make sure you get to Future Shop a little early, because who doesn’t like free stuff?
Batman: Arkham City releases October 18, 2011 for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and on November 8 for PC.
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