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New Batman: Arkham Game Will Be Released In 2013

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It seems that  the Dark Knight isn’t finished with games just yet as Warner Bros have revealed that a new game in their Batman: Arkham series is going to be released sometime in 2013. The news comes via their conference call where John K. Martin – Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer – had this to say:

“And we also have a strong games release this year, which will include the next release in the Batman Arkham franchise. So all in all, we expect Warners to post another very strong year in 2013. And with a little luck, the year should be as good or maybe even a little bit better than 2012.”

Interestingly, VG247 claim that their sources tell them that the game will not be developed by Rocksteady Studios, the company responsible for the previous two titles. This could be due to the fact that Rocksteady are heavily rumoured to be working on a prequel that shows Batman’s first run-in with the Joker, although Mark Hamill, who voiced the Joker in the previous two games and in the Batman animated series, has already said that he wouldn’t reprising his role in Rocksteady’s next game. Variety say that the prequel will be based on the Silver Age of DC comics, which is the 1950’s, when Batman founded the Justice League, and won’t be released until 2014.

Last month Warner Bros. also registered 15 new domain names relating to their Arkham series:

arkhamuniverse.com
batmanarkahmuniverse.com
batmanarkhamarises.com
batmanarkhambegins.com
batmanarkhamdarkknight.com
batmanarkhamknight.com
batmanarkhamlegend.com
batmanarkhamlegends.com
batmanarkhamnight.com
batmanarkhamorigins.com
batmanarkhamstories.com
darkknightarkham.com
dcarkhamuniverse.com
dcarkhamverse.com
thearkhamuniverse.com

You can read the full transcript of Warner Bros. financial call here.

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  1. I wonder what kind of Batman game Rocksteady will create this time. And who will develop the next Arkham title. My vote is on United Front Games since their latest game Sleeping Dogs had combat that closely resembled Arkham City’s. And also they’re a great studio with amazing talent..

    • Frost taking it on would certainly be interesting. As you say they’ve created that style of combat before, and handled the open-world side of things. To be honest, though, I think I’d rather see them simply put the series on hold until Rocksteady are up for doing another one, if they ever are.

      • I’d have to agree with you there Baden. It might be better to put the series on hold until Rocksteady is ready to work on the next title. It’s also helpful since it won’t have that “Call of Duty Effect” where it’s only small tweaks and changes between each subsequent titles. I’m not as creative as the talented people at Rocksteady so I’m looking forward to seeing where they’ll take the franchise going forward.

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