It seems as though the subject of multiplayer for Batman: Arkham City just won’t stop being a hot topic. Despite developers refuting the claims that multipayer would be in the game, and further explaining their decision, the subject simply will not die. Whether you agree or disagree with the developers’ decision to not include the option, chances are some still wish that it could’ve been included. Interestingly enough, it turns out that the mode actually almost was going to be in the game.
Rocksteady game marketing executive Dax Ginn explained that they did consider the possibility of including multiplayer in Batman: Arkham City, but the concept was quickly dropped. He repeated the already-mentioned explanation of it hurting the production of the game as a whole and that it would have resulted in an average game instead of an excellent one. He continued, explaining that it didn’t make a lot of sense anyway, due to Batman’s “loner” nature in this game’s story.
Despite this reiteration that there will be no multiplayer in Arkham City, Ginn explained that he didn’t want to rule out the possibility of such a mode in the future. He explained that he understood the popularity of co-op and online play, and that he wasn’t against trying it further down the road. However, for Arkham City, the focus would remain on the single-player campaign.
So, now having further explained the reasoning behind the lack of Batman multiplayer, what do his words about the future of the franchise mean? If Rocksteady is willing to consider multiplayer more seriously in the next game, what would this result in? Could there be a DLC mode for Arkham City released sometime later on? If so, who would Batman work with? Robin, Nightwing, or even Catwoman? If not this, then could this mean that Rocksteady already has multiplayer as a potential gameplay feature in their plans for a third Batman game?
Are you still a bit disappointed that there is no multiplayer officially set for the game? Could Dax Ginn be hinting at something to add to Arkham City? Or an entirely different game?
Batman: Arkham City is set for release October 18th, 2011 for the Xbox 360, PS3, and PC.
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