After Rocksteady Studios made every comic book fan’s dreams come true with Batman: Arkham Asylum, all the sidekicks out there couldn’t help but feel somewhat ignored. But with Batman: Arkham City a newly-redesigned Robin will be on hand, and now we have an idea of that various outfits that players will be able to choose from.

Arkham City won’t be letting players fight their way through the game’s campaign alongside Batman though, as Robin will only be playable in challenge modes. Seeing the ‘Boy Wonder’ re-imagined in the far darker world of Rocksteady’s Batman is a good enough proposition, but those who love a good dose of whimsy have reason to be excited as well.

The previous artwork showed a much older and gruffer Robin than comic book fans may be familiar with, but if nostalgia is what you’re after then the new alternate skins outed online will be welcome news. In addition to the official Robin skin, Arkham City will also include a Batman: The Animated Series skin and a Red Robin costume.

We don’t know if these are the only skins that will ever be coming to the game as pre-orders or DLC, but we’ll leave it up to you to decide if the developers are on the right track:

Arkham City Robin Costumes

It’s great to see Robin’s new costume fully colored and rendered, and will hopefully prove that Rocksteady knows what they’re doing. While both the standard Robin and Red Robin skins seem completely at home within the reality of Arkham City, both this Animated series skin and that of Batman seem to stick out like a sore thumb. We’re all for camp and comic throwbacks, but the neon colors are definitely at odds with the inspired reasons behind the new design.

What’s your reaction to this first collection of skins? Are you hoping to see more designs released, or is the prospect of getting to play as Batman, Robin and Catwoman more than enough to pick up the game?

Batman: Arkham City brings plenty of familiar faces to gamers everywhere October 18, for the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.

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