Game informer has an exclusive look at the new Batman game called ‘Arkham Asylum.’ Batman: Arkham Asylum is being developed by Rocksteady Studios and co-publishers Eidos and WBIE. The story, co-written by Paul Dini, will explore Gotham’s Arkham Asylum, where the Joker was sentenced to for crimes committed earlier. When the prison has a routine transfer, something goes terribly wrong, and the Joker takes over Arkham with all his evil minions. GI remarks the dark and gritty setting to be reminiscent of Bioshock.

The game takes after the comics (EA owns the rights to the movie license, which means there still may be a game based on 'Dark Knight' the way. GI mentions you will see some of the villains during the gameplay, such as the Joker, Harley Quinn, Killer Croc, and Zsasz. The article also noted they saw some concept art of the game and confirmed they saw the Penguin, Riddler, Scarecrow, Poison Ivy, and Mr Freeze. More villains are also planned but have not yet been revealed.

Sefton Hill the director of the game said:

“There are a lot of supervillains in this game. This is the first Batman game where you’re going to get to see and fight against all of the big supervillains, and they’re going to be represented in a way you’ve never seen before.”

Game Informer also found out the player can travel anywhere and anytime in Arkham. You are not limited to certain areas, but you can roam the Asylum freely as you please. Think that Arkham Asylum is Batman’s Liberty City. The combat isn’t a traditional stealth game. The developers think a ‘regular’ stealth game makes the player look weak. Something they feel Batman is not.

“If you look at a stealth game, it’s about being weak and hiding…this is about being in a strong positions and them not knowing where you are. It’s a very different fell. Predator gameplay we call it. Picking of the weak people.”

Judging from this, it looks like we may finally get a good Batman game!

update: here is the official press release:

Eidos Interactive and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment on behalf of DC Comics announce Batman: Arkham Asylum, a dark, action-packed videogame adventure for Xbox 360(R) video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PLAYSTATION(R)3 computer entertainment system and Games for Windows in 2009.

In Batman: Arkham Asylum, developed by Rocksteady Studios, the player assumes the role of Batman as he delivers The Joker to Arkham Asylum. There, the imprisoned super-villains have set a trap and an immersive combat gaming experience unfolds. With an original script penned by Emmy Award-winning Batman writer Paul Dini, the game brings the universe of DC Comics' detective to life with stunning graphics.

"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."

"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."

Eidos Interactive and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment will co-publish Batman: Arkham Asylum in North America, Eidos Interactive will publish the game in all other territories.

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Franklin said...

The concept definitely sounds amazing. Let's just hope that the execution is too. I haven't seen Penguin mentioned as one of the villains being in the game just yet, but I can imagine that being a really amazing battle.

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Franklin said...

Ah, I missed the mention of Penguin in your post earlier. Nice!