In a report from Kotaku it seems that the upcoming third game in the Batman: Arkham franchise, due for release on October 25th, might have a multiplayer component.
The news comes from an anonymous source, but Kotaku are confident of the legitimacy of the claim as it comes from the very same source who told them about Batman: Arkham Origins in early March ahead of the official announcement. The tipster told them the name of the game and described exactly the cover art it would have.
Anyway, the tipster claims that the game will have at least one multiplayer mode. According to him or her in this mode players will take on the role of one of the members of either Joker or Bane’s gang and attempt to take down Batman and Robin. This also means that Robin will indeed feature in the game, and we can even assume that if he’s in the multiplayer he’ll also be in the singleplayer. The villains in multiplayer, who may be playable, include Killer Croc, Deadshot, Firefly, Black Mask, Deathstroke, and “some kind of Electroman character.”
Kotaku also state that they did manage to verify this rumour with a second source.
As always I’m not going to just jump on the band wagon and immediately declare that the multiplayer will be crap, after all franchises have surprised us before with their multiplayer, like Mass Effect 3 and Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood. Still, there’s certainly cause for concern that this will end up being another case of multiplayer being wedged forcefully into a game without the developers taking the time to create something that truly fits in with the game.
For example, maybe an almost Spies vs Mercs (Splinter Cell) could be employed. That would certainly be interesting and could fit in with the game pretty well. If nothing else, to my mind the fact that Robin might be included does raise the possibility of a Batman and Robin co-op mode.
Only time will tell, I suppose. As always take these rumours with a pinch of salt and a hint of pepper.