Rocksteady officially “breaks up” with Batman to begin work on their dream game

batmanarkhamasylumanimatedWay back in December, Rocksteady’s Sefton Hill hinted that the developer wasn’t completely done with the Dark Knight. Fast forward to this year’s E3 Expo, and we now know that Hill was talking about Batman: Arkham VR, which will launch alongside the PlayStation VR headset this October.

But now it looks like it really is the end for Rocksteady’s pairing with the Caped Crusader. Speaking to Eurogamer, Rocksteady’s Dax Ginn has confirmed that Arkham VR has “gone gold” and that the developer is looking forward to a Batman-less future:

“We submitted [Batman VR to Sony] last week which was an awesome experience,” Ginn said. One of the developers celebrated the game ‘going gold’ by dressing up in a gold spandex suit and bringing in a golden boom box.

“I think there’s a little bit of sadness on the team,” Ginn concludes. “It feels like… breaking up? [The mood] is really split – there’s a feeling in the office like, it’s definitely time to do something else – we all accept that. But we all know Batman so well – we all feel comfortable in the Arkhamverse.”

With Batman officially in the rearview window, WB Games has decided to give Rocksteady the time and space to work on their “dream game,” which Ginn is looing forward to:

“To be honest I don’t really know,” Ginn says, although I’m not sure I entirely believe him. “We’re in a very enviable position where we have some time and space to decide what we’re doing next,” he continues. “We can sit back and think what our dream game would be, and we have Warner Bros.’ support to do that.”

“We’re definitely letting go of that comfort blanket and putting ourselves in the position where whatever we do next is going to feel very different. There’s always an anxiety associated with change and that’s where we want to be. We want to feel uncomfortable because we want to make awesome stuff.”

Batman: Arkham VR will be released exclusively for the PS4 on October 11.

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