New Batman: Arkham City details revealed; release date announced
First, we’ll get to the details fans have by dying to know; Batman: Arkham City will be released on October 18th in North America and three days later on October 21st in Europe. We’ll give you a moment to go ahead and get your pre-orders in. Good?
James Gallagher of the EU PlayStation.Blog had the opportunity to see an early mission from Arkham City and kindly shares with some things we can expect in the follow up to the critically acclaimed Batman: Arkham Asylum. Don’t worry, there are no spoilers.
With the Joker’s arrest, Arkham warden Quincy Sharp has been elected Mayor of Gotham and has move its inmates into the bigger Arkham City where they are given free reign to do what they wish so long as they don’t try and escape. Absolutely nothing can go wrong with this plan, right?
“Arkham City is also around five times bigger than the Asylum and most of it is open to the player from the start. Anything that is open to the sky is open to player right from the off”, Dax Ginn, marketing game manager at Rocksteady, explains. “Nobody tells Batman where to go so it was important for us to give that freedom right at the start. The interiors are gated and will open as a result of narrative progression”.
Players will be able to stick to the core narrative if they like or they can go off and explore the dark alleyways of Arkham City. Interrogating thugs, finding The Riddler’s hidden trophies, and flying the friendly skies are just a few of the things you’ll be able to do as the Dark Knight.
Batman’s Detective Mode returns as well but with a slight overhaul. Dax explains,
“Our thinking was more about why people responded to it in that way. Gamers wanted it to be more of a tool, just like the Bat Claw is a tool. We hadn’t balanced it right so it felt more like an exploit than a tool, because it gave you so much information. That’s our understanding of the criticisms and our response has been to balance that information better”.
With the immense success of Arkham Asylum, Arkham City has a lot to live up to. Rocksteady Studios appear to be going in the right direction though so no need to worry. Head on over to the PlayStation.Blog for more of Gallagher’s impressions of the game, and don’t forget to mark your calendars for October. It’s going to be one batty Halloween.