Rocksteady: Arkham Asylum Setting Can't Be Used Forever
We're all excited for the sequel to Batman: Arkham Asylum, but there are two points of interest attached to this announcement.
Firstly, you may have noticed that the Eidos brand name was missing from that debut trailer that aired during the Spike TV Video Game Awards this past weekend. Well, according to Joystiq, that's because Eidos won't be involved in publishing Arkham Asylum 2; Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment will handle the producing duties this time. And by the way, we still don't have the official title of this new game; we're all just calling it "Batman: Arkham Asylum 2" because we know it's a sequel. The second point of interest involves the possibility of this becoming a series, which was addressed in a recent PC Zone interview with Rocksteady Senior Gameplay Programmer Paull Denning. There, he said the idea has "almost run its course" and added:
"Gotham itself is a fantastically realized fictional city and there are so many places that would be probably be ideal for gameplay and great to explore."
Yeah, how long can you stay within the confines of the Asylum? No matter how skilled a developer you are, and no matter how imaginative you can be, the simple logistical restriction will quickly prove troublesome. In some ways, I'm a little surprised the Asylum is returning at all. But don't be expecting a GTA-style title in the far-off future; Denning says you have to be "careful" when doing something like that, and it may not happen. Fine by me; just give us another awesome title.
12/15/2009 10:46:40 AM Ben Dutka