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Arkham City More Open But Narrative "Is Always Flowing"

We know Batman: Arkham City will be more open than Arkham Asylum; hence, it won't be quite as linear.

This has been an oft-discussed alteration to the winning formula that floored critics and superhero fans alike when Rocksteady's last gem arrived. Arkham City certainly hasn't turned into GTA - the developers have made that clear - but with the added openness, gamers won't feel quite so confined. In speaking to 360 magazine (as noted by NowGamer), Rocksteady Marketing Manager Dax Ginn says you'll just never know where you'll be going in the new entry:

"All of that ambient conversation you hear through the surveillance system, all that’s been written to ensure that we’re telling a story all the time. Whereas Arkham Asylum, because it’s such a linear game, we could tell a really focused narrative, because we knew where the player was. With a game structure like this [Arkham City] you never know where they’re going to be or where they’re heading off to, so we kind of throw story at the player at all times.

That’s why we developed these systems to make sure the narrative is always flowing and not just delivered in these canned cinematic chunks."

The combination of a bit more freedom and a great narrative is indeed appealing, and we know the top-notch gameplay from Arkham Asylum will return. In short, it's probably a bad idea to consider Arkham City a sandbox adventure but at the same time, the walls of that asylum won't restrict you anymore. Perhaps we're getting the best possible superhero experience...

Related Game(s): Batman: Arkham Asylum

Tags: batman arkham asylum, batman game, rocksteady

4/12/2011 9:31:36 AM Ben Dutka

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maxpontiac
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 @ 9:52:04 AM
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Definitely keeping my eye on this one. I hope my son buys it!!

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Kiryu
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 @ 9:58:08 AM
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Wrong Topic but did u guys see the new Infamous 2 Behemoth Trailer.My god that was Epic!

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bebestorm
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 @ 11:36:15 AM
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Arkham Asylum was awesome and I expect this one be even better.

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McLovin519
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 @ 12:02:19 PM
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I have had this game on reserve since March 9, 2010 from Amazon.
It was listed as ""Batman Arkham Asylum 2""

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kraygen
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 @ 12:14:57 PM
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So I'm expecting this to be like Mafia 2 in that, while it's an open world it's not a sandbox game. That is fine with me as long as the story and gameplay are good. I think they have room to improve over the first one, but I'm curious to see how well UE3 runs an open world game.

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AshT
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 @ 12:20:41 PM
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Loved the arkham asylum, cant wait for this one, this is on my must buy list

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Lawless SXE
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 @ 1:24:46 PM
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Sounds interesting. Sounds like there will be tons of sidemissions included in this, which is always a plus in non-linear games.
Peace.

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FxTales
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 @ 5:01:21 PM
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Gameplay please. Just want to see how awesome it will be.

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bearbobby
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 @ 5:04:51 PM
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So looking forward to this game, the first really made you feel like something to be feared. Total badassery :)

Can't wait to see their next take on it. Wonder if they'll be impelmenting the Detective Mode in a new way. I remember going through the first game using that mode for most everything besides combat.

Keeping an eye on this one, def buy so far.

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Lairfan
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 @ 7:55:04 PM
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A lot of critics talked about how they felt that Rocksteady should have just made Arkham Asylum open world, so the "oft-discussed alteration to the winning formula" was more of a natural progression of the game made by Rocksteady.

Btw, I really like this idea of keeping the narrative surrounding the player at all times using these kinds of tactics. Its just solidifies my opinion that Rocksteady is devoting as much time as possible to the narrative and how we will experience it, which is awesome.

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