New Batman Details: Bigger World, Even Better Mocap
The more we hear about Batman: Arkham City, the more we're convinced Rocksteady Studios will give us another Game of the Year contender.
More details have been revealed thanks to a recent interview with Rocksteady's Sefton Hill in an upcoming edition of the Official PlayStation Magazine UK, and perhaps what's most exciting is the first tidbit: the game world will be over five times the size of the Arkham Asylum map! Of course, one might assume this simply because we've broken free of the confines of that one building structure (as big as it was) but even so, the developers have been clear: it's not a sandbox game. Obviously, though, there will be plenty to see and do. Plus, Batman will have more skills and abilities; twice as many as in the first title, in fact. Lastly, the team wanted "an authentic sense of continuity," so you'll actually start the new adventure with some of the stuff you earned in Arkham Asylum. Said Hill:
"...we also wanted to create an authentic sense of continuity from the end of Batman: Arkham Asylum, so the player will begin Batman: Arkham City with many of the same core gadgets that they unlocked in the first game. Batman’s cutting-edge technology is a significant part of the game, so gamers can expect to see a range of totally new gadgets, as well as evolved new features built into those tools that they already enjoyed in Batman: Arkham Asylum."
The team is also "dedicated to injecting an incredible amount of detail into every environment we build." Think they're putting in the effort? Um, yeah. They've even gone the extra mile by creating a dedicated mocap wing of the studio, complete with "crash mats and a load of other props." You may recall the immense number of animations in the first Batman; Rocksteady isn't happy with that, though, as they've "overhauled the entire motion capture pipeline" so as to "grab even more of the subtle movement of our actors."
If you aren't psyched by now, check your pulse.
Related Game(s): Batman: Arkham City
9/5/2010 8:47:54 PM John Shepard