VIDEO GAMES: Is There A New Entry In The BATMAN ARKHAM Series Coming Later This Year?

A Time-Warner executive gives hope for those eagerly awaiting word on the followup to Batman: Arkham City. It couldn't possibly end like that could it? Here what the company's chief financial officer may have let slip.

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By Blair Farrell - 2/12/2013

The Batman Arkham games have been some of the best crafted pieces of software in this generation. They have all the ingredients that make a superb game, and broke the long standing curse that there simply could not be an excellent Batman game.

Not long after the release of Arkham Asylum in 2009, players were already getting teased of the next chapter, which would go on to become 2011's Arkham City.

Fast forward to 2013 and there has been little to no news of Rocksteady's next project outside of unofficial rumors, and we as players and fans are left with Arkham City's Game of the Year edition and this Fall's Armored edition for Nintendo's Wii U.

Is this painful wait to a new Arkham game going to come to an end? According to Time-Warner chief financial officer by the name of John K. Martin in a recent call to investors, yes:

"And we also have a strong games release this year, which will include the next release in the Batman Arkham franchise. So all in all, we expect Warners to post another very strong year in 2013."

Does this mean we'll be getting news of a new Arkham game soon? Or is this taken out of context? It's a direct quote but it seems very odd that we'd be getting a new game in 2013 when there's been no prior promotion for it. What do you think? Sound off in the comment section below.

UPDATE: Via GameSpot, there are reports that Rocksteady is not the developer behind the next Arkham Game and that a different studio is handling the project. Instead they're working on a 'stylized prequel to the Arkham series' rumored to be out in 2014. Check back for more details as the story develops.

The trailer for Arkahm City premiered fairly soon after the release of Arkham Asylum. Two years later there's still no clear sign that we'll be getting a third entry in the Arkham saga.
Source: Kotaku
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Jollem - 2/12/2013, 6:34 AM
jessepostal - 2/12/2013, 7:05 AM
Gamespot just announced this
imnotwearinghockeypants - 2/12/2013, 7:13 AM
Hard to imagine it would be ready by the end of the year, unless they just continued working on the series immediately after the release of Arkham City and managed to keep it under wraps so well.
SuperSomething616 - 2/12/2013, 7:15 AM
Wishful thinking!!! I hope this is true...Batman: Arkham State is what i'd be hoping for...

Full on Gotham City map ala the Spiderman games...that allow the player to swing through the in the the batmobile and play as different characters...

This game would be the biggest selling game of all time!!!
NerdyGeek - 2/12/2013, 7:22 AM
No Rocksteady?!

Blarcade - 2/12/2013, 7:35 AM
There has been a lot of rumors as to what Rocksteady is up to. I heard sometime ago that they were making a Ninja Turtles game, which I guess is not defunct seeing as Activision has the license, though that doesn't mean they can't snag the comic license like how they did with their walking dead FPS.

It was also hinted that they would be making a Justice League game as well. I had heard about the prequel, that it was to be set in the silver age. It scares me that Rocksteady might not make it, but one of my favorite games of all time is Metal Gear Solid 3, a prequel that came after a game I really wanted a sequel to.
BatsFan - 2/12/2013, 7:37 AM
This could be like Call of Duty, two company working on the title, punting a game a year.
Rowsdower - 2/12/2013, 7:38 AM
Why don't they just make an unrelated Batman game?

What is this obsession with Arkham?
superotherside - 2/12/2013, 7:39 AM
Hope this is good. Just bought Arkham City and I love it!
Shadowelfz - 2/12/2013, 7:43 AM
Generally when a successful series is handed over to a new developer the result is disasterous. Why dont the studios learn from this?
DCjohnny - 2/12/2013, 7:57 AM
if the next batman game is not done by rocksteady then what game is it it superman... please be superman....
AlexDeLarge87 - 2/12/2013, 8:03 AM
Unrelated Batman game would be awesome. You can venture across Gotham City stoping Bank robbers, Gangsters and of course the evil plans of his archenemies.

Title options:
Batman: The Caped Crusader
Batman: The Legends of the Dark Knight
Batman: Shadow of the Bat
The Batman
Christuffer - 2/12/2013, 8:05 AM
Too soon. The franchise is going to become unoriginal now. They ended the series. They have killed off main characters, LITERALLY. There is no going forward

shangho - 2/12/2013, 8:20 AM
YES!!!!Such a GREAT series and Batman was long overdue for games of this caliber!
BatsFan - 2/12/2013, 8:23 AM
This his what Rocksteady should do:
DrainBamage - 2/12/2013, 8:24 AM
I enjoyed Arkham City (although I did think that the idea of walling off a portion of the city was a bit too Escape From New York). I'd love to play another one.

Hopefully this happens soon. The next gen consoles are just around the corner and I don't want them to have an excuse to put off the next game until the new systems launch.

I always thought No Man's Land would make a good game if done right. An open world game featuring Gotham in ruins seems like a cool idea.
Asterisk - 2/12/2013, 8:29 AM
Arkham City is my favorite game of all time. But an Arkham game with neither Rocksteady or Paul Dini? I'm unsure.
Gmoney84 - 2/12/2013, 8:31 AM
Batman Beyond...Arkham City style FTW!!
Clayface27 - 2/12/2013, 8:33 AM
If they do another one they need
-hush (going through with his threat)
-azrael and azraels batman suit
-red hood
-superman to at least make a cameo
-bane that looks like bane (not the gay dark knight version)
-more use of characters like nightwing and robin instead of catwoman
SimonPhoenix - 2/12/2013, 8:42 AM
The first two games were epic. I have every hope that these rumors are true and there will be a new game by the end of the year. Have faith. It will be epic.
Nomis1800 - 2/12/2013, 8:43 AM
I better hope Rocksteady is making a JLA game then!!!!!!
thewolfx - 2/12/2013, 8:50 AM
Im glad to hear this i want rocksteady to make something new

Hopefully the next superman game or jla id even take a tmnt
Facade - 2/12/2013, 8:51 AM
Eitherway, I'm excited by 2014 news!
typicalfanboy - 2/12/2013, 8:53 AM
Hush would be the most obvious storyline. It had all the characters in the batverse and was quite compelling
sintzu - 2/12/2013, 9:23 AM
rumer says it's beging made by spark unlimited and by locking at there bad history i think we can all be sure that rocksteady will make this cause i dout wb games are going to give there biggist money maker to some jokers
Silentman - 2/12/2013, 9:34 AM
wasn't there a rumor that rocksteady's next batman game would take place in the silver age and would include JLA members AND show the first encounter between Batman and Joker? or am I just drunk again?
Growler - 2/12/2013, 9:35 AM
I will admit to being a little concerned that Rocksteady might not be the studio to develop this as the visuals and gameplay in the first two installments are so amazingly good.
However, Halo 4 is an excellent game and that's without originators Bungie helming it, so I guess it's possible that a third installment in the Arkham franchise can live up to its predecessors.
Gulon180 - 2/12/2013, 9:56 AM
no Hamil?
EtriganTheDemon - 2/12/2013, 10:43 AM

I'm going to get destroyed, aren't I?
KeefNCookies - 2/12/2013, 10:45 AM
I'll wait for a GOTY edition. I'm not even excited one bit for this, even if they dont do that idiotic JL vs Joker idea
Durf - 2/12/2013, 10:50 AM
Hell yeah I want another game! Dini and Rocksteady not being involved would worry me though
tripttwe - 2/12/2013, 11:37 AM
I'm thinking they may go Year One route. I'd be nice if they went through the ages in a looong story, and changed up costumes according to the era. I like the fact that they push the game as far as it can go. It's a great challenge to up the ante from here. Arkham state would be cool too...
ADomenick91092 - 2/12/2013, 12:04 PM
Should be interesting. If a new developer is working on the sequel, it could go either way in terms of quality, but I'll remain cautiously optimistic. As long as they keep the core mechanics of the series intact, it should be good. Coming up with a story can't be too difficult for a Batman game when they have almost 75 years worth of Batman comics to take inspiration from.

Though, I don't know how I feel about the stylized prequel that Rocksteady is working on. Not because I doubt it will be a great game, but because I don't know how I'll feel about someone other than Mark Hamill voicing Joker. (Unless he decides that he wants to keep doing it.)
GuardianAngel - 2/12/2013, 1:43 PM
The only thing that could make up for Rocksteady not being involved is Rockstar :P

A fan can dream, right?
Spideyforevr - 2/12/2013, 1:58 PM
Yes that would be awesome. Having free roam in a batman game as great in Arkham City, man that would be awesome.
xRelentlessx - 2/12/2013, 3:22 PM
No Rocksteady? WTF are they thinking?!!!
TheSuperguy - 2/12/2013, 5:01 PM
The 3rd Arkham game should be the return of Scarecrow, or Rocksteady could do a really good Superman game. Depending on how good INJUSTICE is will decide how soon Rocksteady needs to make a JL game. If it's good, then make more solo games. If it sucks, have a JL game out no later than 2016.
Gnyah123 - 2/12/2013, 5:52 PM
i think they should do a prequel to the movie!!! it would be only fair n make sense...i want to know what happen before batman:AA i want to know how batman captured the joker...and why did he give up so easy...i def. want a prequel to FIRST game....if its a sequel we talking bout....then cud the story go on...joker died...only way is if harley quinn goes on a rampage for the death of her lover joker and puts a price on batmans head to any1 who can bring him to her alive so she can kill him herself...but im just talking so idk
but my guess is IF they are coming out with a new game..2014 is my bet!!
sintzu - 2/12/2013, 7:02 PM
don't worry the series is in good hands

eleven59 - 2/12/2013, 8:35 PM
Nihilistic anyone?? ;)
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