Eidos, WB Announce Batman: Arkham Asylum

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EA’s The Dark Knight game may be in limbo, especially considering it’s never even been formally announced, but fret not Batman fans, there will be another option. See, EA only holds the license to make games based on the movies. Eidos, on the other hand, has the rights to publish games based on the Batman comic books, and that’s just what the company is going to do. As part of a co-publishing deal with Warner Bros. Interactive, Eidos has announced Batman: Arkham Asylum, a “dark, action-packed videogame adventure” for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360.

“In Batman: Arkham Asylum Eidos and Warner Bros. are building a true action adventure game experience worthy of gamers and fans,” said Phil Rogers, CEO of Eidos Interactive. “Players become Batman, like he has never been seen before in a video game, as he fights through intense circumstances in Arkham Asylum utilizing his intuitive detective skills and aggressive melee attacks.”

Rocksteady Studios, the team behind Urban Chaos: Riot Response (one of my favorite sleepers from last generation), has been assigned the task of creating this new Batman title, a game that follows the caped crusader inside Arkham Asylum, which has been taken over by the Joker and other infamous super-villains imprisoned within. Details are still pretty slim, but according to the latest issue of Game Informer which got the exclusive unveil in advance of Eidos’ official press release, the game is supposedly taking cues from BioShock‘s style of storytelling and world design in the way Arkham Asylum is being built as a contained, believable world much like Rapture. Sure sounds like a great idea, hopefully Rocksteady can pull it off.

“Batman: Arkham Asylum offers players the chance to battle Gotham’s worst villains with Batman’s physical and psychological strength in a graphically distinct and story-driven game,” said Martin Tremblay, President, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. “We look forward to working with Eidos on expanding DC Comics’ world-renowned character Batman in the game space with a noticeably different feature set in an incredibly dark interactive environment.”

Watch for Batman: Arkham Asylum to ship sometime next year. Better keep an eye on Rocksteady’s company website, too. If you visit www.rocksteadyltd.com you’ll notice the Bat signal with a countdown timer. Right now it’s around 79, 300 seconds, which translates to around 22 hours if my math is correct.

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