The amount of villains from Batman's rogues gallery is enormous in Batman: Arkham City. However, some of the villains that were teased in the lead-up to the game's release have only minor cameos with small amounts of dialogue, or they are only mentioned in ambient conversations. Someone like Black Mask, for example. Therefore, wouldn't it be nice if Black Mask's story in Arkham City were more fleshed out?
What if he was a boss that had to be defeated and had an entire side mission associated with him? We know we would be into it, provided Rocksteady put the same level of attention and time into it that they did with the main game. In an interview with the The Guardian, Sefton Hill, game director at Rocksteady Studios, was asked some questions about upcoming DLC for Arkham City. Hill responded by saying that the team is working on the previously announced Robin DLC as well as some avatar skins (which we'll go ahead and assume are for the Xbox 360 crowd). However, when asked about story based DLC, Hill played coy:
[Smiles] "I don't think I'm allowed to talk about that at this stage."
By itself, this comment (along with the action annotation) isn't a confirmation or denial of anything. However, this is not the first time that we've heard about planned story content for Arkham City. You may remember Kevin Conroy, the voice of Batman himself, hinted at such a possibility when he let it slip that he was doing some additional voice work for the game beyond the core experience.
Certainly there is no shortage of villains within Batman's rogues gallery that could be used as primers for story focused DLC content, but there already exists some interesting hints and cameos within the game itself that could be fun as DLC. Maybe a DLC episode about Killer Croc or an episode focusing on Scarecrow. We won't spoil anything for anyone, but let's just say that the ground work has already been laid for these characters so it would make sense.
The interview also goes into depth about a range of interesting topics such as Rocksteady's development process and the creation of the Riddler challenges - it really is interesting reading for anyone who is a fan of Rocksteady's work, and we recommend that you should check it out.
In the meantime though, we'll just have to wait and see whether Rocksteady decides to follow through with some story based DLC for the game. What characters would you like to see as DLC for the game? Let us know in the comments.
Batman: Arkham City is available now for the Xbox 360 and PS3. The PC version will be released November 15, 2011. Additionally, the Nightwing DLC will be released November 1, 2011 and the Robin DLC will be released November 22, 2011. Both of those DLC packs will be priced at $6.99 on PSN or 560 Microsoft Points on XBL. Finally, a DLC skins pack will be released December 6, 2011 and bundles the pre-order Batman skins together. That pack will be priced at $4.99 on PSN or 400 Microsoft Points.
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Source: The Guardian