Batman: Arkham

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Earlier this week the latest DC Universe animated feature – Batman: Assault on Arkham – released digitally and on DVD/Blu-ray. This one, however, isn’t tied to The New 52 continuity DC Entertainment and Warner Bros.’ Animation are building with films like Justice League: War and the upcoming Throne of Atlantis, but is instead linked with the Batman: Arkham video game universe. While at San Diego Comic-Con I participated in roundtable interviews with many of Assault on Arkham‘s creators and cast: director Jay Oliva, producer James Tucker, writer Heath Corson, voice director Andrea Romano, and voice talent Kevin Conroy, Matthew Gray Gubler, and John DiMaggio. Hit the jump for their input on making Batman: Assault on Arkham! (more…)

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E3 truly is the best time of the year for video gamers. Everything looks fantastic, and we’re still too far away to know what’s going to turn out to be crap. Regardless of what hits and what misses, it’s almost a given that any entry in the Batman: Arkham series will be a success, and I’m happy to say that the first gameplay trailer for Batman: Arkham Knight doesn’t disappoint! (more…)

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So, by now, just about every Bat-fan out there is aware of the Arkham series, and of those people, just about every one of them is gearing up for Batman: Arkham Origins, releasing October 25th. Origins will obviously serve as the prequel to the hit game series, and is also the first to be developed by outside of Rocksteady’s studio. Despite this, we’ve only seen improvements upon the formula that we’ve come to love, thanks to Warner Bros. Games Montréal.

Earlier today, a clip of the game’s motion capture was released, and while nothing too revealing was shown, it’s always cool to get a behind the scenes look at how something like this is made. In the video, they take a look at a couple of pivotal scenes in the game, but they are scenes that we already know about from previously released trailers, namely the Bruce-Alfred one. Personally, I’m really looking forward to playing out this early relationship between the Dark Knight and his butler, as it’s something we haven’t been able to do before, and is completely different from what we have been able to do so far.

Another reason to be excited about October 25th is the release of Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate, which isn’t handheld port of the game, but an entirely different game in and of itself. The game will feature its own original story, taking place after the events of Origins, and will feature Metroid-style gameplay. The latest trailer for the game was released today, and you can view it below.

It doesn’t look like the game is being held back all that much by the limitations of handheld devices, and the gameplay looks like an awesome melding of what we love about Arkham with side-scrolling action. It looks like my wallet is gonna be hurting, come November.

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Words out that Warner Brothers will be adding to the Batman:Arkham gaming franchise later this year. During a recent financial review, Time Warner‘s CFO and chief administrative officer John Martin confirmed that:

And we also have a strong games release this year, which will include the next release in the Batman Arkham franchise. So all in all, we expect Warners to post another very strong year in 2013. And with a little luck, the year should be as good or maybe even a little bit better than 2012.

You might remember that earlier this year Warner Brothers registered 15 new domain names featuring the key word Arkham.

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Batman Arkham Arises
Batman Arkham Begins
Batman Arkham Dark Knight
Batman Arkham Knight
Batman Arkham Legend
Batman Arkham Legends
Batman Arkham Night
Batman Arkham Origins
Batman Arkham Stories
Dark Knight Arkham
DC Arkham Universe
DC Arkhamverse
The Arkham Universe

Any of these could be the future title of the next Batman: Arkham (Something) game. What really concerns me is that VG27 is reporting that Rocksteady, the company developer of the first two wonderfully successful games, won’t be developing the new game. That could spell trouble. Paul Dini, the writer for the first two game’s script content is also not involved in the new project. That’s strike two in my book.

How many successful franchises or businesses can you name that dumped all the talented individuals or companies involved in the creation of said success and followed up that move with even greater successes? I can’t think of any. That Batman: Arkham baby is going to be without bath water or bath tub after that move. Add in that the game is going to be released later this year, when other games have labored years before being released to lack luster reviews and you’ve got a mixture just waiting to blow up in Warner Brothers investors faces.

The rumored story line for the new game is a Silver-Age Arkham story featuring the first time Batman meets Joker. Although that could be an interesting look at both characters, that alone won’t carry the game through if the game play and visuals don’t surpass the already high bar set by the first two games.

What do you think about all of this? I was blown away by both Batman: Arkham games and would hate to see the franchise tarnished.

 

Via: Latinoreview