Batman: Arkham Knight developer Rocksteady announces that free DLC will release next year containing fan favorite maps cultivated from Arkham Asylum and Arkham City
With a PC launch that could be kindly referred to as “rocky” and DLC support that has been called “subpar,” Batman: Arkham Knight has had to fight tooth and nail to hold onto fans. But the Arkham franchise has managed to retain diehard fans, and it was these diehard fans that developer Rocksteady Studios turned to when deciding future DLC plans
While previous DLC packs have been themed around Batman’s extensive media franchise, including the Tim Burton movies and 60’s TV show, Rocksteady opted to turn to the vocal fanbase of Batman: Arkham Knight to determine which maps from the Arkham series previous entries should return.
In a post on the official Arkham Knight, the developer urged fans to cast their votes for their favorite maps from Arkham Asylum and Arkham City. Rocksteady asked for fans to voice their opinions on both Predator and Combat maps, and said that no maps from either of these games were off limits.
After over 800 votes were cast, Rocksteady got to work narrowing down the selections to the three most requested maps in Predator and the two most requested maps in Combat. Ultimately, Rocksteady announced that the maps making the jump to Arkham Knight would be:
- Sanatorium, Medical Facility (Batman: Arkham Asylum)
- Wayne Manor Main Hall (Batman: Arkham City)
- Batcave (Batman: Arkham City)
- Iceberg Lounge (Batman: Arkham City)
- Monarch Theater (Batman: Arkham City)
- Crime Alley (New map)
In addition to the fan favorite maps, Rocksteady announced that the game’s seventh AR challenge would be released in the DLC pack, which is inspired by fan requests for an endless survival predator map. While Rocksteady has yet to announce a definitive release date for the pack, the developer hopes to have it available for download by January of 2016.
With DLC releases such as the shockingly short A Matter Of Family, Bat-fans have been hesitant to buy into Rocksteady’s additional content for the final title in the beloved Arkham franchise, but the developer may be banking on the free pack enticing gamers that have abandoned the troubled game into giving the title another shot. With Catwoman-centric DLC planned for the near future, and skins themed around the heavily anticipated Batman v. Superman, it remains to be seen if gamers will be willing to stick around Arkham or if Rocksteady has done too much damage already with it’s glut of lackluster DLC.