New Batman: Arkham Game Coming This Year Say Warner Bros.

By Ishaan . February 12, 2013 . 10:15am

A new Batman: Arkham game is slated for release this year, Warner Bros. confirmed in a recent investor call, as part of the company’s earnings report. A full transcript of the call can be found at Yahoo! Finance (thanks, VG247).


“And we also have a strong games release this year, which will include the next release in the Batman: Arkham franchise,” Chief Financial Office, John K. Martin shared during the call.


While Martin refers to the new game as part of the Arkham series, just how it’s connected to Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City remains to be seen. Last year, a Variety magazine rumour suggested that the third game in the series would be a prequel set in the Silver Age of DC Comics.


Additionally, in August, Paul Dini, who served as writer on Batman: Arkham Asylum and Arkham City, stated that he hadn’t been contacted by Warner to work on a third Batman game.


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  • Freud_Hater

    Ah, pretty cool… T-That’s all I can think of…

  • FitzpatrickPhillips

    Pls guys lets not make it 4 hours this time…

    • What? Four hours? Did you not do any of the side stuff or take the time to explore? And that’s just Arkham Asylum. Arkham City is huge! O_o

      • ToshiChan

        He might be one of the gamers who find the side stuff as optional and not do them as it is not part of the main story. Sad because it all ties in with it quite well.

        • Even without doing any of the side stuff, I don’t think Arkham Asylum (and certainly not Arkham City) is anywhere near just four hours…

          • Christopher Nunes

            Indeed… took a while me for to beat both Asylum and City as I was doing the Side-Quests along with the Main Story. Very fun, but hard at times with certain quests… plus it’s better to do the Side-Quest along side of the Main Story so you don’t have to backtrack a lot of times.

            Great games, they are. ^_^

          • M.C.M

            Took me 2-3 hours to finish the story in new game+… was disappointed by how fast the story progressed. Enjoyed AA story much more.

          • Well, New Game+ I think is different, depending on how you play it, I suppose. You already know the ins and outs of the city by then, and the most efficient way to neutralize the different kinds of enemies and situations you come across.

            Personally, I typically spend even more time having fun on my second playthrough with games I really love. Metroid games, Resident Evil 4 and 5, Batman, Crysis, Mirror’s Edge etc.

          • M.C.M

            True but I remembered saying out loud after finishing the main story for the first time “seriously… thats the game”. The story felt short even though I was doing side missions at that time, and I only realised how quick it really was after doing my play-through on new game+. I felt they put far more effort into the side missions than the actual main story which wasn’t a good thing imo, kinda took too much weight off the main story.

          • ToshiChan

            If you just did the story alone and rushed through it, it’s doable. But yes, it seemed like an exaggeration.

      • FitzpatrickPhillips

        Hah, 4 hours was just an exaggeration but I didn’t feel compelled to do any of the extra stuff in City as I did in Asylum for some reason. I mean I did some of it but not all. Clocked in at around 10 hours total.

  • Didn’t Mark Hamill say that Arkham City is his last performance as the Joker? I wonder who’s gonna take over that role – if he really isn’t returning, that is.

    • Tales_of_Master

      Hopefully John DiMaggio, and not that guy from Injustice…..

      • Wake

        That was Brent Spiner. Data from Star Trek. Yeah, that was terrible. Michael Emerson did a great job, he voiced Joker on the TDKR animated movie.

      • I’d be perfectly okay with John DiMaggio. He was great in the Red Hood movie. Very different from Hamill’s Joker but it worked.

        • Ferrick

          really ? idk, John DiMaggio to me as joker was had this passive feel to it, his voice had chaos and anarchy but not as insane as Hamil’s joker, which had this funny tone and yet psychotic feel to it

          • Yeah, I think it depends on what interpretation of Joker you like best. I think DiMaggio was less of a showy villain, and more “mean” than Hamill’s version of Joker. At the same time, he was still pretty crazy. He had his fun with Jason while beating the crap out of him, but at the end of the story, he was still willing to blow all three of them sky high, with little regard for his own well-being.

    • Tails the Foxhound

      Man, I understand why he left…but why did he have to leave! That laugh was so epic.

      • I don’t know, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he just wanted to stop doing it at some point. He can’t just keep doing it forever, after all.

        • Christopher Nunes

          Sad, but true.

          Everyone needs to take a break.

  • XiaomuArisu

    This aint no place for a hero!
    This aint no place for a better man!

  • Wake

    I hope it’s not a prequel. I want a sequel with Hush as the main villain.

  • zferolie

    Hey DC. I love The Batman games. They are amazing, Batman is amazing. But let me give you some advice: Use some of your other franchises!

    Granted, my knowledge of the DC universe comes from games, the cartoons, and Atop the 4th wall, But I know DC has a great universe to pull from, and many good characters to use, but they don’t use anyone except Batman and superman. Why not a Wonder Woman Game? Green Arrow? Teen Titans? Hell, a detective game with The Question could be very amusing.

    But DC just keeps playing it safe. While Marvel is expanding outward, DC isn’t Yes, Marvel still has safe bets with Avengers and X-men, but their games are pulling more and more from their other series. Their moves are focusing on the whole universe, not just one or two.

    I think DC should be trying to bring more IP’s to their games… though with some of there attempts to do that to moves and TV shows(looks at Wonder woman pilot) I think I can see why they are worried about doing that.

    • Christopher Nunes

      Aren’t there always some sort of legal issues when it comes to Wonder Woman and/or Wonder Girl? Even in the cartoon shows, they also have a hard time getting permission to use them… I guess that’s why we hardly see a lot of the other DC characters and them.

      Granted I know mostly about Batman than any other heroes from the DC Universe and Superman is a close second… they really do need to border the horizon on their other characters.

  • Ferrick

    wonder who will be the main antagonist this time. Would be awesome (in my opinion) if it was Todd. Same fighting style, same anger, same grief, different code of honor, a fight to show who’s code of ethics is truly “right”

    • If it’s a prequel, I can’t imagine who they’d pick. Arkham City had virtually every member of the Gotham rogues gallery. If the rumour was false and it’s a sequel, I’d very much love to see them expand on the Azrael stuff that was teased in Arkham City.

      • Christopher Nunes

        Azreal? Granted I don’t know ALL there is to the Batman series, but can you elaborate a little bit more on this “Azreal” part?

        • So, in Batman chronology, there’ve been two characters who have served as Azrael, with origins in medieval times. Both of them served the Order of St. Dumas, which is this crazy religious cult that seeks to do away with evil.

          In Arkham City, once you complete a sidequest, Azrael delivers a prophecy to Batman, where he says that something horrible is coming to Gotham and that Batman is the only one who will be able to stop them. However, in the process, Gotham will burn and Batman will burn, too. (or something to that effect)

          Now, depending on where they decide to take the story, it could go in many directions, but it only seemed like a natural fit for the third game to be set in Gotham and have a city-wide situation, similar to Arkham City, but larger in scale (if that’s even possible?).

          The other interesting thing about the Azrael character is that a previous version of him took over the role of Batman for a while. This was part of a very famous story in the 90s, called “Knightfall”. You can read about it here:

          They could easily tie that into the third game, too.

          • Christopher Nunes

            Azrael, huh? Oh, is it that weird guy in the mask that appears at different points in Arkham City? He wasn’t named at first when I met him, but that’s him right? He wears red and black clothing and has a mask covering his face and uses swords?

            I barely remember as it’s been a while. Kinda reminds me about Rahs (I spelled that right, right?) with his way of ridding the world of evil.

            Now I’m really curious, it would be great to learn more about the Batman series if the third game does go that route.

            Thanks for sharing that Ishaan, as Batman is my favorite DC Super Hero.

      • Ferrick

        if it were true, the only villain that comes to mind is joe chill =/, but i really doubt it

        and if what azrael said was true, then that could mean blackest night ? or the coming of SSoSV or deathstroke’s H.I.V.E, not sure though, but i’m interested to see on how this will turn out

      • ToshiChan

        I would also like them to further go into the Hush subplot. His appearance and plans really had me hyped for him in the next game.

        • Yeah, Hush would be really cool, too. All of those sidequests were really interesting, weren’t they?

          Gah, god damn… just thinking about Arkham City makes me want to start a new game all over again. Such a wonderful game.

  • Hollowkoopa

    I hope Jason is in this one.

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  • Jirin

    So Warner Bros? I’ve got my money right here, where should I leave it?

    Joker’ll be back. Just probably not in the next game. You want to wait a while to build up anticipation.

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