Rocksteady Studios, the company behind the critically-acclaimed Batman: Arkham franchise announces its next project, Batman: Arkham VR for PlayStation VR.
As expected, Sony spent a great deal of its press conference focusing on PlayStation VR, and the games that will dominate the hardware’s launch window. As it turns out, the PlayStation VR’s launch window includes Batman: Arkham VR, a newly announced PlayStation VR exclusive game that is being developed by Rocksteady Studios.
Some may be quick to write off Batman: Arkham VR as little more than a gimmick, but the fact that Rocksteady is at the helm should set some minds at ease. After all, Rocksteady is the studio behind some of the most critically-acclaimed Batman games of all time, and there’s little reason to think that it won’t give Batman: Arkham VR its best effort as well.
Rocksteady may be more likely than many other studios to give PlayStation VR its first high quality exclusive with Batman: Arkham VR, but it’s hard to say definitively at this point, as we know very little about the game. The only thing the E3 trailer reveals is that players will take control of Batman, with the PlayStation VR headset acting like a surrogate for the caped crusader’s signature cowl. We also know that Batman’s archenemy The Joker is in the game as well, but to what extent remains to be seen.
It would have been nice to see some gameplay of Batman: Arkham VR during Sony’s E3 2016 press conference to form a more well-rounded opinion as to what to expect from the game, but apparently it is designed as a short, one hour murder mystery experience. While this may be a red flag for some, Rocksteady’s track record alone makes Batman: Arkham VR one of the more interesting VR projects in development, and one that may have the most mainstream appeal.
The mainstream appeal of Batman is why Batman: Arkham VR makes sense to have as a game available in the first month of the PlayStation VR’s release. Having the name “Batman” attached to the hardware could get more eyeballs on it, and in turn, result in more PlayStation VR early adopters.
Batman: Arkham VR joins previously announced Batman projects such as Telltale’s episodic Batman game and Injustice 2 from NetherRealm Studios. While it may seem like there are perhaps too many Batman games in development, each one looks to be providing a very distinct experience, and it will be interesting to see which ones succeed, and which fail to live up to expectations.
Batman: Arkham VR will be available this October, exclusively for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation VR.