Warner Bros. Interactive, or WB Games, is confirmed to be following up the publisher’s Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City – both of which were critical and commercial smash hits – with a new entry to the Batman Arkham series of games.
As more information about mysterious project emerges, the more likely it seems that franchise steward Rocksteady Studios won’t be handling development duties on a supposed ‘Batman Arkham 3’ after all.
Heritage and New Blood
Rocksteady did a superb job of finally giving gamers an authentic Batman experience with Arkham Asylum and Arkham City… well, as authentic as you can get for an invented comic book character.
Rocksteady isn’t the only developer in WB Games Town, however, as Warner Montreal is also working very hard on a triple-A game of its own, according to recently uncovered job listings calling for a producer and creative director to helm projects that aim to “[expand] the DC Comics universe in the interactive space” and are focussed around “the AAA action/adventure space.”
Both of these descriptors could very well describe a third Batman Arkham game, and combined with a recent tweet by self-proclaimed ‘senior producer at Warner Brothers Games Montreal,’ Ben Mattes, could mean we’ll be finding out about WB Games’ next triple-A project very soon.
But will this game from Warner Montreal be the next Batman Arkham title, or an entirely new game based on a DC property? Mattes wrote::
“In just 2-3 months, our project will be announced (in grand fashion) and it’s going to be big! As we dive head-first into our polish period:”
Two to three months puts the reveal just ahead of E3 in June, so we can look forward to this game’s announcement and then further details at the annual games event in Los Angeles.
Not Enough Answers
Who would you rather have handle the third Batman Arkham game, a new studio with fresh ideas or Rocksteady who has already demonstrated its ability to create a solid Batman-themed action adventure game? Is Warner Montreal perhaps working on a DC character title of its own to complement Warner Bros. Interactive’s line-up and make further use of the enormous DC catalogue?
Interestingly, the job listing also notes that the potential creative director hire should be an “[expert] in next-generation AAA action/adventure games.” Perhaps Warner Montreal is cooking up a game to launch alongside next-generation consoles?
Thanks to Lyle Arends for the tip!