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All Articles: Batman: Arkham City
I guess Batman wasn’t prepared for this one…
WB Games has announced that Batman: Return to Arkham, a remastered compilation of Arkham Asylum and Arkham City for the PS4 and Xbox One, will miss it’s originally scheduled July 26 release date. Steve Grayson, one of WB’s community moderators, delivered the bad news on the game’s official forum by citing concerns about the quality of the game as it exists right now:
After reviewing the progress of the project, the team at WB Games has decided to delay the release of Batman: Return to Arkham to give the team at [Virtuos] Games additional time to deliver a polished Batman Arkham game experience.
Even though Return to Arkham was announced just five weeks ago, Grayson also revealed that WB Games isn’t ready to commit to a new release date just yet:
We do not have a release date yet and will be sure to communicate that once we are sure the game will be ready. We know this is disappointing news, but we feel the extra time will allow the team to create the best gaming experience for our fans.
On a slightly different Bat-Channel, Telltale recently announced they expect to launch all five episodes in their Batman series by the end of the year.
It’s almost fitting that WB Games’s big Batman: Return to Arkham announcement was spoiled by a series of leaks… the Batcave is often less secure than a child’s piggy bank.
The Dark Knight will indeed return this July in a two-game compilation that’ll bring Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City to the PS4 and Xbox One for the first time. The package is priced at $49.99, and it’ll include all previously-released downloadable content for both games. Virtuos will handle the PS4 and Xbox One upgrade, which will include enhanced and updated character models, environments, lighting, effects, and shaders.
Batman: Return to Arkham will be available in stores on July 26.
Rocksteady sent us all on a wild ride back when Batman: Arkham Asylum first launched, finally giving the world a chance to properly squeeze on that rubber cowl and proclaim, “I’m Batman!” Two sequels (and a WB Games Montreal-helmed prequel and an Armature-developed side-scrolling spinoff) later, the future of the series is still very much up in the air now that its original developer has stepped away… or have they? Regardless, it seems likely that someone will continue the legacy of the Bat, but what direction could the series possibly take? Well… I’m glad you asked, hypothetical Internet stranger! (more…)
According to Hollywood Reporter, there’s a Batman: Arkham Asylum animated film coming, which will be based on the Arkham video game franchise. Jay Oliva, who is building a shared continuity of DC animated films beginning with this month’s Justice League: War, will direct the film. The new Batman: Arkham film is considered a “stand-alone, continuity-free project,” and is due to come out as a Warner Bros. home release sometime in 2014. Oliva was quoted as saying: “We can do original content, we can do New 52 [based on the New 52 DC line] stuff.”
As of right now, it’s unknown if the film will be based on Arkham Asylum, Arkham City, or Arkham Origins.
Level-5 has taken over another Nintendo Download with their 3DS game Crimson Shroud. Called “a tribute to the tabletop RPG” by Level-5, dice rollers everywhere will want to give it a look.
Also new to the 3DS eShop this week is Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why’d You Steal Our Garbage?!! A demo version of the animation adaptation will also be available. And speaking of demos, bite-sized chunks of Art of Balance: Touch! (3DS), Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed (Wii U), and Rayman Legends (Wii U) are also available beginning this week.
And speaking of the Wii U, the full version of Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition was added to the Wii U eShop today.
Hit the break for more details on this week’s “featured” downloads as well as an extensive list of additional games for the 3DS, DS, and Wii. (more…)
The Death that stars in Darksiders II isn’t taking a holiday, but he did take the top spot in The NPD Group’s list of bestselling games in August.
Two other August releases, New Super Mario Bros 2 and Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, round out the top three, making August the first time all Summer that three new releases lead the bestseller list. New releases Sleeping Dogs (#6) and Transformers: Fall of Cybertron (#7) also made the list.
The remainder of the August top ten looks very similar to previous months and you can find it after the break. (more…)
The football sim was the only new release from the month of July to crack the top ten, but to be fair, there weren’t very many games released last month. Instead, the top ten is populated by holdovers like Lego Batman 2, The Amazing Spider-Man, and two Call of Duty games (Black Ops and Modern Warfare 3). According to Joystiq, this motley crew could only manage sales of $260.7 million, a 23% drop from July 2011’s take of $338.5 million.
The full top ten is available after the break. (more…)
With editions on seven different platforms, Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes rose to the top of The NPD Group’s monthly list of bestselling games. The remainder of the list was split between new releases, May holdovers, and Fall 2011 games that are still popular.
There were only a handful of new games available in June with Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier (#2), Pokemon Conquest (#7), and The Amazing Spider-Man (#10) all earning spots in the top ten. Grasshopper’s Lollipop Chainsaw didn’t make the cut, continuing Suda 51’s lack of success at the register.
An astounding four games from Fall 2011 continue to sell strongly enough to make the top ten: NBA 2K12 (#5), Batman: Arkham City (#6, boosted by the newly released Game of the Year Edition), Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (#8), and Battlefield 3 (#9). I’m sure it helps that all were among the best-reviewed games of last year.
As a whole, game and hardware sales are down 29% from June 2011, according to Joystiq.
A complete list of last month’s best-selling games can be found after the break. (more…)