Just when Batman fans had given up all hope on a possible game adaption for “The Dark Knight”, news had suddenly spread that there were, in fact, 2 Batman games on the way. Eidos has revealed that they are currently working with UK developer Rocksteady Games on a title called “Batman: Arkham Asylum” for the X-Box 360 and Playstation 3 systems.
Entering Rocksteady Games’ website, we now see a countdown clock with an enormous bat sprawled across the page: http://www.rocksteadyltd.com/
“Batman: Arkham Asylum” will be co-written by comic book legend, Paul Dini, with intentions of writing a true-to-character Batman game. An online summary on Game Informer’s website reveals the following:
This completely original title explores Gotham City’s darkest location, the infamous Arkham Asylum. But as a routine prison transfer goes wrong, the Joker sets his demented plan into action and Batman comes face to face with an army of his worst enemies.
The next issue of Game Informer features 2 covers which can be seen below.
Scans of the article have also turned up online. On the left, we see Batman returning the Joker to Arkham Asylum, and on the right, Batman standing head-to-head with a ginormous Killer Croc!
Little is known about this 2nd game that Pandemic is developing for Electronic Arts, although we do know that it will be based off events from “The Dark Knight” movie. However, rumor is that this game is currently in poor shape with highly repetitive gameplay that lacks versatility in its control system. We can only hope Pandemic gets their act together in the final product.
To note, we can now expect 5 Batman-related games in the coming months ahead: DC Universe Online, Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe, Batman Lego, Batman: Arkham Asylum, and “The Dark Knight”. 2008 is, indeed, the Year of the Bat!