Batman Arkham game coming this year, Time Warner says

The "next release in the Batman Arkham franchise" is coming this year, according to a Warner investment call.

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Batman: Arkham City followed about two years after Arkham Asylum, which means we're about due for another game revolving around Gotham's favorite insanity hotspot. Warner has confirmed that another title in the franchise is due this year, though it hasn't given much else in the way of official info.

"We also have a strong games release this year, which will include the next release in the Batman Arkham franchise," Time Warner CFO John K. Martin said in an earnings call. It's unclear if Martin was referring to the calendar year or the fiscal year, the latter of which could go into March of 2014.

VG247 also cites sources claiming that Rocksteady isn't developing this game. We had previously heard rumors that the next Arkham game would be a prequel set in the Silver Age, detailing Batman's first confrontation with the Joker. This was purportedly part of an effort to team Batman up with other DC heroes, as was common practice during the Silver Age of comic books. That report also claimed the game would not be coming until 2014 at the earliest.

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    February 12, 2013 7:30 AM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Batman Arkham game coming this year, Time Warner says.

    The "next release in the Batman Arkham franchise" is coming this year, according to a Warner investment call.

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      February 12, 2013 7:40 AM

      No Rocksteady, not interested.

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        February 12, 2013 8:03 AM

        Amen to that.

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        February 12, 2013 8:11 AM

        ^This

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        February 12, 2013 8:12 AM

        Do you think they'd do a TMNT/Batman crossover?

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        February 12, 2013 8:18 AM

        Yup.

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        February 12, 2013 8:49 AM

        Yep, yep.

        Super interested in whatever Rocksteady is doing next though.

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          February 12, 2013 8:50 AM

          Which in all reason ought to be a 4-player campaign co-op TMNT third person melee game with unique moves and combos and all kinds of foot soldier clan types and old school bosses and all this shit done in the Batman engine.

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            February 12, 2013 10:10 AM

            Warner owns Rocksteady, Activision just got the TMNT license. In other words, it's not gonna happen.

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            February 12, 2013 10:27 AM

            I heard that rumor too, just trying not to get my hopes up

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            February 12, 2013 11:25 AM

            STOP PLAYING WITH MY EMOTIONS GOD DAMNITTTTTTTTT

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            February 12, 2013 7:48 PM

            That one they'll hand off the Bee-Bop.

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        February 12, 2013 8:49 AM

        NOCsteady

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        February 12, 2013 9:42 AM

        What the fuck why would they no be developing it? My interest in the next game just went way down.

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          February 12, 2013 9:53 AM

          because hopefully they are working on next-gen stuff like most awesome developers. This is a weird time for AAA studios and I bet a lot of their B teams are being used for shit coming out in the next 8 months.

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        February 12, 2013 10:07 AM

        Can't forget Bebop.

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          February 12, 2013 11:23 AM

          Random association, but Rocksteady would make an awesome Cowboy Bebop game where you were Spike.

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            February 12, 2013 7:18 PM

            Pretend Hitman: Absolution is that. It sure isn't a Hitman game.

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        February 12, 2013 10:14 AM

        No Rocksteady, interest lowered but fingers crossed.

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        February 12, 2013 10:31 AM

        Now I'm interested :)

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          February 12, 2013 6:45 PM

          I like how no one has really replied to that yet (until now) :D

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        February 12, 2013 12:06 PM

        On the bright side at least its a game with an established formula and ready to go tech. Its not like there is a lot of room to screw it up.

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        February 12, 2013 4:00 PM

        major let down. at least we know now. I wonder what they are working on.

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        February 12, 2013 4:30 PM

        Yeah, sad :(

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        February 12, 2013 4:43 PM

        Is this confirmed or speculation? I know they wanted to do a TMNT game, but maybe they were "convinced" to make the next Arkham installment.

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        February 12, 2013 4:44 PM

        Agreed, PH.

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        February 12, 2013 9:30 PM

        Out of curiosity, what are some games that switched developers and actually ended up better than their predecessors, or at least on par with them?

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          February 12, 2013 9:33 PM

          Some would argue CoD series.

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          February 12, 2013 11:13 PM

          Halo 4 maybe? Squaresoft also had that Mario RPG game from way back. But maybe that one was more about branding.

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            February 13, 2013 12:30 AM

            hell NO ! Halo4 was imho worst in the series, then again, they kept getting worse even when Bungie was running the show.
            I was replaying the Halo:CE anniversary with my son not long ago (Legendary) and damn, that still is a fine game, the pacing and the openness of the whole ordeal. You could backtrack for a whole level just to pick up some obscure ammo or weapon, that doesn't happen any more, enemies disappear, doors shut behind you etc. its awful.

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              February 13, 2013 3:58 AM

              I only played up till the 3rd game, and I agree that the campaign in the first game was easily the strongest.

              Multiplayer did improve between each of those 3 games, but Halo 4 does seem to have mixed reviews.

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      February 12, 2013 7:46 AM

      Without the same team designing it, I'm far less intrigued.

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        February 12, 2013 8:23 AM

        I have a problem with the idea of a prequel, but I'm slightly curious as to see what they would do with a Silver Age aesthetic. Obviously, it will make no fucking sense if he's super technology powered in the last two Arkham games and we go back to some Dick Tracy shit with the Silver Age.

        Also, a team up where he's not acting like an absolute dick to everyone else involved is not a good team up.

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      February 12, 2013 9:58 AM

      Not keen on another studio doing this, but aside from that, can you really mix Silver Age with what we're used to in the current games? Or is it more just the aspect of bringing in other characters? That might be okay, but why take it to another studio.

      I guess unless Rocksteady doesn't want to be 'that studio that only did Batman'... but like that's a bad thing since they've done it SO well?

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      February 12, 2013 3:15 PM

      Rocksteady built a pretty strong foundation for other teams to follow, guys. Arkham City was a bigger Asylum, so whatever comes next should spring from the mold pretty easily. Let's wait and see some gameplay videos and read some previews before jumping to conclusions.

      Crazy talk, I know.

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        February 12, 2013 3:19 PM

        It all depends on who the dev team is. Could be a situation like CoD where IW hands off to a capable Treyarch. Then again, it could be a case like where Gearbox outsources (allegedly) to some other guys and we end up with Aliens: Colonial Marines.

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        February 12, 2013 3:26 PM

        I'm not going to shit on it prematurely, but a new dev doesn't get any of the assumptions of quality that Rocksteady would, either.

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      February 12, 2013 5:34 PM

      While it's weird to think of Rocksteady not doing the next Arkham entry, I'm wholly interested in a prequel. Doubly so if it actually covers the Silver Age. I just can't see them making a campy Silver Age-era entry in the series - but a rather mature take on the Silver Age.

      Think the Joker origin reinvention that was Alan Moore's "The Killing Joke" and Frank Miller's "Year One" as inspiration. Mmmhm.

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        February 12, 2013 6:46 PM

        Just like you couldn't see the studio that made Eternal Darkness royally f'ing it up?

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        February 12, 2013 7:06 PM

        I don't want to see a prequel. :-\ The ending to Arkham City was so great. I'd like the story to continue.

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      February 12, 2013 9:33 PM

      RockSteady needs to do a TMNT game with the batman engine.

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        February 12, 2013 10:06 PM

        hell yes, the style and lighting of the arkham city world (maybe not the architecture) would be awesome for a TMNT game like the old live action movies

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