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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.

Original Story:

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

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Comments (17 posts)

Rptr0777
Wednesday, August 13, 2008 @ 11:05:40 AM
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Hmm... I wonder if this will be one of them BAD games from movies or VERY RARE good games from movies I guess well find out next year.

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oregondude
Thursday, August 14, 2008 @ 9:20:13 PM

It doesn't appear to be a game from a movie dude.

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Killa_5150
Wednesday, August 13, 2008 @ 11:07:31 AM
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"The Dark Knight" will present an open-world Grand Theft Auto-style format"....oh my god now that's interesting. I'll keep checking whats new on this game, sounds cool but i don't want to get my hopes up.

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shreevin
Wednesday, August 13, 2008 @ 11:32:21 AM
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The thing about it being sandbox is that Batman has so many different ways to get around the city...driving, flying, climbing. Is it going to cover all those aspect well enough?

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Willcome2Urf
Wednesday, August 13, 2008 @ 12:13:15 PM
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just how "sandbox" was bioshock. how much of the game will be spent in Arkham? I want to roam the streets and do side missions, cruise around in the batmobile. I don't want to be stuck in an asylum for most of the game.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, August 13, 2008 @ 1:21:24 PM

I think they were just making the atmosphere comparison when mentioning Bioshock, although there was far more freedom in that game than in most FPSs.

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DUMPL1NG
Wednesday, August 13, 2008 @ 1:31:05 PM
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I reserve hope. However, They tried an 'original' Batman game in the Xbox before...don't recall the name, but it's taken years of therapy to get it out of my mind. So I guess it's good I can't remember.

...And regardless of popular public opinion, the one from the animated series on the PS2 ROCKED. I do agree that Bioshock, while a fabulous game, wasn't 'sand-boxy' at all. More like rail driven with a lot of back tracking.

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JPBooch
Wednesday, August 13, 2008 @ 3:08:15 PM
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The descriptions sound more like Bioshock for Batman than anything remotely similar to GTA. Ben, you sure this is the same title as your rumor? Either way the game has got potential, although I think I would appreciate a GTA like scenario better

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, August 13, 2008 @ 3:42:24 PM

No, I'm not sure, which is why I made that clarification at the end of the first paragraph. :)

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MadPowerBomber
Wednesday, August 13, 2008 @ 9:33:07 PM
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Wow, so little information on it.

Batman: Arkham Asylum isn't based at ALL on the Dark Knight film. While it has more in common with the comics version of Batman, it has the freedom of not being based on any previous materials or sources and is a completely original story on its own. It's been described as being closer to Bioshock, Castlevania and Super Metroid than any GTA-styled game. It takes place in completely, from what I read, in Arkham Asylum which means about 90% of Batman's villains are in the game (the two I saw were the Joker and Killer Croc) and have all been designed -- somewhat -- from the ground up by the fine folks at WildStorm Productions just for the game. Croc looks NOTHING like he normally does and is quite scary looking.

The game's play system is divided into Batman's martial arts prowess, his ability to intimidate and scare the crap out of criminals, as well as being a detective.

The game was featured in this month's Game Informer as the cover article, if you're looking for screen shots and the like. :)

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RustEDalex
Thursday, August 14, 2008 @ 1:38:13 AM
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from the pictures I seen on Gameinformer it didn't look like a gand theft auto sandbox game but maybe I should have read the article

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SHADOW [Moderator]
Thursday, August 14, 2008 @ 7:32:23 AM
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Batman is a truly confusing series of licenses. EA has the license to make games from Batman movies and Eidos owns the right to games based on the Batman comics.

Pandemic is supposedly working on The Dark Knight game. It is rumored to actually take place after the movie though. Pandemic has apparently run into an problems that make the game just plain bad. The dominating theory is that the combat is messed up. So don't expect any announcement on this game for a while still.

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JPBooch
Thursday, August 14, 2008 @ 8:26:36 AM
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Great clarification guys, thats what makes this site the best

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MarvelZombies
Thursday, August 14, 2008 @ 9:40:12 AM
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I thought this wasn't the game that was spoken about ealier on. Though this is also great news...two Batman games in one year...with top notch stories. Think about it...after you finish TDK game, you can start BATMAN:ARKUM ASYLUM...it's like one giant story arc.

And if Heath Ledger didn't die, this game probly could've been used as inspiration for a third movie.

R.I.P. Heath Ledger

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murdaface
Thursday, August 14, 2008 @ 11:24:13 PM
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sounds sweet...

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im4vivisection
Friday, August 15, 2008 @ 12:50:15 AM
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Well, if done right, I'd say this could potentially be a purchase-worthy title. Too bad Rockstar won't be giving pointers to the devs on this title. lol

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Knightedrik
Tuesday, August 19, 2008 @ 6:05:40 AM
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Hmm... A batman game.. Now theres a novel idea. Its just too bad that every single Batman game ever in the history of gaming has sucked ass. Oooh.. and I see Eidos is doing this one.. Well then, theres no doubt that it will be awesom... What, what the hell? Eidos! Damn it! Thats just great. When it comes to the top 5 companies that contuniously drop the ball.. Eidos is number 4. (At least in my book anyway.) (In case you were wondering: 5. EA, 4. Eidos, 3. Atlus, 2. Codemasters, 1. ATARI)
Wait, I forgot to mention Dreamcatcher.. ok, they are at about 1.5..lol Anyway.. yes, I know that Edios makes Tomb Raider.. so dont be hating me.. but everything else Edios puts out, just sucks. Damn, I forgot to mention Sega! Gonna have to make a new list.. Note to self.. make a new list of game developers that totally suck ass. Anyway, where was I? O yes.. Eidos! Yeah Eidos sucks ass too.. and so will this Batman game. (Although my hopes are still high.. xXFingers crossedXx) Batman Rules!

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