Making waves online today is word that Warner Bros. slyly announced a new video game starring Batman in the Arkham Asylum/City series during an investor call last week. There are no screenshots, trailers, or even a title to share at this point, but apparently the company plans to release the game sometime in 2013 and make a lot of money in the process. Here's Kotaku:
Said John K. Martin, Time Warner's chief financial officer:
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.
Last month, Warner registered a slew of Arkham-themed domains, among them "Arkham Universe," "arkham Legends," and "Arkham Stories."
We heard unconfirmed rumors of a Silver Age-style prequel to Arkham last July, but that's been about it on the news front for this sequel. Sadly, it looks as if previous Arkham developer Rocksteady is not behind this title, leading me to wonder which studio is working on this one and if whomever is at the helm this time can meet the high standards set by the previous two titles in the series. Moreover, if Rocksteady isn't creating the sequel, then what are they working on? There are definitely more questions than answers right now, and I bet we won't hear much more of on this one until E3 later this year. Still, the time is about right for another Batman adventure. I'm eager to see what Warner has planned for the series and where the storyline goes from here (assuming there's actual talent working on it and Warner didn't hand the keys to Arkham to the lowest bidder).