Eidos, Warner Officially Announce Batman: Arkham Asylum
Update: Just so you all know, this certainly isn't the game based on "The Dark Knight" movie. Some sources were confused on this, so we weren't sure what to believe, but the official word is that this is a different Batman game.
Well, that's a little ironic. On the same day we report on the rumor that a video game based on "The Dark Knight" will present an open-world Grand Theft Auto-style format, we learn of the title's official announcement. At least, we assume this is the Batman game based - perhaps only loosely - on the movie.
According to WorthPlaying, Eidos and Warner Bros. Interactive have revealed Batman: Arkham Asylum, a third-person action/adventure game that utilizes the popular Unreal Engine 3. It will feature a "dark and gritty setting reminiscent of Bioshock," and the game begins with Batman delivering the freshly captured Joker to Arkham Asylum. But after the dark knight is ambushed at the asylum, everything opens up into "an immersive combat gaming experience." We'll get a quality script from Emmy Award-winning Batman writer Paul Dini, and that's certainly good news from a story standpoint.
"In Batman: Arkham Asylum Eidos and Warner Bros. are building a true action adventure game experience worthy of gamers and fans," said Phil Rogers, CEO of Eidos Interactive. "Players become Batman, like he has never been seen before in a video game, as he fights through intense circumstances in Arkham Asylum utilizing his intuitive detective skills and aggressive melee attacks."
As for Warner's statement on the announcement, here's what President Martin Tremblay had to say-
"Batman: Arkham Asylum offers players the chance to battle Gotham's worst villains with Batman's physical and psychological strength in a graphically distinct and story-driven game. We look forward to working with Eidos on expanding DC Comics' world-renowned character Batman in the game space with a noticeably different feature set in an incredibly dark interactive environment."
Batman: Arkham Asylum is scheduled to arrive for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC in all territories some time next year. For the record, Eidos and Warner will publish the title together; Eidos will handle the development duties. We'll be sure to bring you more on this one as it becomes available.
Related Game(s): Batman: Arkham Asylum
8/13/2008 Ben Dutka