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Batman: Arkham Asylum; the Dark Knight returns – later than expected

Submitted by on Friday, 1 May 20092 Comments

Batman: Arkham AsylumAfter lapping up the delicious challenge room video and then the news that The Joker would appear as  a playable character in such rooms on the PS3, we’re a tad disappointed to report that Rocksteady’s Batman outing, Arkham Asylum, is now officially delayed.

Slipping like an oily batarang through The Dark Knight’s grasp from its original release date of June 23rd all the way to the end of Q3 2009, we can only assume some issues were found on the eve of its imminent release.

Or someone is real bad at scheduling over at Eidos.

Game Informer initially led with the uncorroborated news today but have since gotten an official update from the gang at Eidos and Warner Bros. regarding the game’s unexpected shift in release date.

“Eidos Interactive and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment can today confirm that Batman: Arkham Asylum will be released at the end of summer 2009. This additional time will allow us to ensure Batman: Arkham Asylum is of the highest quality for gamers.”

We’re all for the “when it’s done” mantra; especially if it saves us from the disappointment of purchasing a game that was rushed out to hit, say, a financial year deadline, but the fact that it’s appeared a mere few weeks before the game’s original release date does beg the question: just what did they find at this late stage that could warrant such a decision?

There is a chance of course that, upon review of what they had on their hands, Eidos realised that, what could be a moderate hit in its current format, could be a monster runaway success with some further time in development, and have hence decided to cook it a little longer for maximum impact. Or they forgot to give Batman pants or something equally catastrophic. We’ll have to wait and see.