It has been confirmed just hours ago during a call between Time Warner management and investors that, yes, a third game in the Batman: Arkham series is in development, scheduled to ship before the end of the year.
Though it’s been a foregone conclusion that something related to this franchise has been in the works for a little while, the announcement that we’ll be playing it in the next 10 months comes as a little surprising, especially considering Rocksteady have said that their next game isn’t a Batman title, and other reports suggested that the next Batman game would be a Silver Age prequel the leads into the inevitable Justice League of America game.
A lot is up in the air at the moment, so we’re just going to have to settle for conjecture for now, but nevertheless, there’s no denying it’s exciting news no matter how the game reaches us.
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10. Rocksteady Must Develop It
It should be a given that Rocksteady is going to develop the third Arkham game, but in the fickle entertainment industry, there are no guarantees.
As mentioned above, Rocksteady seem pretty confident that their next game isn’t going to be Batman, so we hope that either a) Rocksteady got their wires crossed and Arkham 3 has now taken priority or b) Time Warner screwed up and will wait until Rocksteady are ready before moving forward.
Still, executives are notoriously impatient and insensitive to the needs of artists, so if Rocksteady really are moving forward with something else, don’t expect Warner to wait around – we’ll likely get saddled with another developer working on the project, and as time has told again and again, that’s a terrible idea.
Rocksteady has built such a superb framework that it will be really exciting to see what they can innovate next; to take that away would be a major blow for the series. I for one know that my enthusiasm will wane considerably if any other company ends up attached to the project.
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This article was first posted on February 12, 2013