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Batman: Arkham Asylum Details, Screens by Anthony Barlow
August 15, 2008, 6:07 pm
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Earlier this week it was announced (via Game Informer) that Eidos would be making a new Batman game. I tought EA held the liscence to make games based of the DC franchise, but alas I was wrong. EA only have the rights to make videogames based on the Batman movies (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight) and it now looks like Eidos have exclusive rights to the Batman graphic novels.

I can’t wait to see what Pandemic can do with the Dark Knight lisence but i’m noty expecting the best. This game on the other hand seems to have one key feature which could definitely have a major positive influence on the game, it’s writer. Comic book writer Paul Dini is going to be writing the story for the game and from what i’ve heard from comic book fans this is a really, really good thing. There were some other villains revealed (aside from The Joker) which sound like they could present some very interesting scenarios. Batman will be facing up agaist: The Riddler, The Penguin, Scarecrow, Mr. Freeze, Herley Quinn and Poison Ivy. Personally i’m epecting more to be revealed closer to the games release.

The game, being developed by Rocksteady studios and publishe by Eidos, revolves around Gothams infamous Arkham Asylum which houses the cities most dangerous criminals. The Joker has taken over the Asylum and it’s up to Batman to obviously, save the day. Some details were revealed about the game along with the story and I was surprised to see that, unlike most new superhero games, it isn’t an open world game and confines the player to the Asylum itself. It seems like a great new direction for the superhero genre and, if it works out, could be something other franchises might adopt. Now I know you’re thinking that a superhero game set in one area sounds dumb but when the game was revealed earlier this week there were some pretty bold statements made. The game was said to be more like ‘The Chronicles Of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay’ and ‘BioShock’, both of which were highly acclaimed by the press and gamers alike.

According to Kotaku, the game will not only be about combat but will include investigative sections (e.g. puzzles) which could break the manotony that many combat heavy games suffer from. It was also said that combat would focus on stealth and speed and that the combat would only use three buttons, this might sound simple but if it’s pulled off right it could be really effective. Boss battles were also mentioned, with some being combat based and others similar to those seen in the Zelda franchise, using particular gadgets and gizmos to bring down foes.

The game is set to be realeased sometime in 2009. This sounds like it could be a new and exciting approach to the superhero genre and seems like it could be a welcome change from past games in this genre. It seems like the game is a bit of a way off yet but juding from the screens that Rocksteady accidentally released today (luckily they were snapped up by a NeoGaf poster) it is definitely going to look great.

The game will be appearing on PS3, Xbox 360 and PC.

For more images click here.

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