Batman: Arkham Asylum Gets Playable Joker, Exclusively on PlayStation 3

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Update: Co-publishers Eidos and Warner Bros. have just announced that The Joker is "an exclusive playable character" for the PlayStation 3 edition. Playable in Challenge Maps, The Joker will arrive as free downloadable content "upon release."

Original: The PS3 version of Rocksteady's Batman: Arkham Asylym will let you "play as The Joker in the exclusive Joker challenge maps," going by a PlayStation Home ad.

A representative for the title was reportedly surprised that the ads were already up when contacted by Kotaku, which originally broke the story. However, he could offer no further details on the maps or possible exclusives for the PC and Xbox 360 editions.

All three versions of the action-detective game are slated to arrive in June.

From The Chatty
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    April 23, 2009 1:27 PM

    So pointless. No one is winning here.

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      April 23, 2009 2:06 PM

      PS3 owners are! ;)

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        April 23, 2009 2:34 PM

        Not really, because what about the next game - they might lose out there.

        http://www.shacknews.com/laryn.x?id=19747702#itemanchor_19747702

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        April 23, 2009 2:41 PM

        PS3 owners aren't winning anything significant. This is a case of a few maps and/or a playable character - what about instances like Fallout 3 DLC?

        My point made in another comment stands: if a game is available for a platform, that platform should get any and all future content, period. There is no good reason to exclude anyone.

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          April 23, 2009 3:16 PM

          You think that isn't significant? It "pissed you off" in your other thread.

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            April 23, 2009 5:27 PM

            I'm pissed off that this--DLC being exclusive to particular platforms--keeps happening.

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          April 23, 2009 3:21 PM

          The Fallout3 DLC is a business decision about the cost to develop that content, etc (if I recall, that's exactly what Bethesda states). They stated it would basically cost them money (not make money) to do it on PS3.

          Is there that much work or testing by comparison, here?

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          April 23, 2009 6:17 PM

          agreed. To hold back content based on the platform is not going to make me go out and buy the system. Out of all the consoles sold between either platform I'm going to make a completely uneducated guess and suggest what 10% might own both systems?

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          April 23, 2009 7:10 PM

          There obviously is a good reason to do what they're doing, otherwise they'd stop it. While I agree that adding a single character exclusively to one system seems silly, I'm sure there is some benefit to it for Sony.