One of the year’s most anticipated games, Batman: Arkham Knight, finally launches next week, giving the players another chance to take on some of Batman’s greatest villains like the Scarecrow, Two-Face, and newcomer, Arkham Knight.
While the countdown to release continues to tick down, fans who’ve gone all in on the special Batmobile Edition of the game have started receiving disappointing notices from Rocksteady and Warner Bros confirming that this version of Batman: Arkham Knight has been cancelled.
Retail chains across the United States, Europe, and Australia, have begun the process of informing customers that the Batman: Arkham Knight Batmobile Edition of the game won’t be shipping as originally intended.
The collector’s edition included a number of items like a steelbook case, an art and comic book and three new skins for in-game use. The showpiece of this edition however was supposed to be a fully transformable Batmobile statue created by the company Project Triforce. Based on a statement from Warner Bros, the publisher for the game, the issue is with this piece of the collection.
Dear Batman: Arkham Fans,
We regret to inform you that we are not able to release the Batmobile Collector’s Edition of Batman: Arkham Knight due to unforeseen circumstances that greatly compromised the quality of this extremely limited run of product. We are deeply apologetic for this unfortunate outcome. If you did pre-order the Batmobile Collector’s Edition, please go to the retail location where you pre-ordered the product and you will receive a full refund of your deposit or it can be rolled over to another Batman: Arkham Knight edition or another product of your choice. We will be providing everyone who purchases Batman: Arkham Knight with the New 52 skin pack, including Batman, Robin and Nightwing, free of charge.
Fans who’ve preordered this edition of the game are being offered refunds or the option to move to a different collector’s edition of the game or just the base product.
With the game due out next week, the timing of this news is pretty last minute. While we still don’t know the details of what exactly happened outside of an issue with the statue, the problem must have been significant enough to cause an event like this to happen even at this 12th hour. Even though the news is disappointing, it’s still nice to see a company not push out a low quality product just to satisfy demand. This also may reveal just how bad the product may have been.
Even without a giant batmobile statue, Batman Arkham Knight is being positioned as the ultimate Batman simulator by Rocksteady. As the studio aims for this game to close out the Batman Arkham storyline, they’re making sure to go out with a bang, loading the title with tons of content including a new dual play mechanic and a ton of side content including the Batmobile specific, Riddler races.
Have any of you pre-ordered the Batmobile Edition? If so, have you preordered a different version of the game?
Batman: Arkham Knight launches on June 23 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.