On the face of it the answer to the question raised by the title of this article is: “YES, OBVIOUSLY, DUH – The Batman: Arkham series is frickin’ awesome!”
But like most things, it’s not that simple. For instance, the new Batman: Arkham game won’t actually be a new Batman: Arkham game.
Confused yet? Like the start of this very article says: It’s complicated.
It’s important to note that researching many of the currently known ‘facts’ seem to lead back to this article from GWW. It’s definitely possible that the whole thing is pure fantasy – but let’s give GWW the benefit of the doubt for now, and assume that they’ve reported it in good faith.
Keep on reading for a few things to consider as we tentatively anticipate the upcoming Batman: Arkham-game (even if it isn’t technically a Batman: Arkham game).
But before you do, you might care to note that the author is a big fan of the Batman: Arkham series. He’s finished all the Batman: Arkham games and he enjoyed them all. Yes, even Batman: Arkham Origins.
We don’t even know what the title of the new Batman: Arkham game is yet
It’s probably safe to assume that the new game won’t be using the monicker of Batman: Arkham, due to it being a rebranded reboot of a whole new DC game universe (as noted in one of the above links).
So why are people still referring to it as the new Batman: Arkham game?
Mostly because it’s rumoured to have the same combat system. Given how important that the combat is to the Batman: Arkham series, it will probably still be the same old series in all but name.
In other words: The new Batman game will be the official spiritual successor of the Arkhamverse series.
So, we probably shouldn’t call the new Batman game ‘the new Batman: Arkham game’ for the exact same reason that we don’t call the Bioshock series ‘the new System Shock games’ – but it’ll have to do for now. Or at least until we find out the name of the actual game!
Hopefully, the game will be announced there, even if the makers of the game aren’t actually DC employees…
The new Batman: Arkham game will be produced by WB Montreal.
Some people would say that’s not a good sign, and is in fact quite disappointing.
This is because WB Montreal produced Batman: Arkham Origins, which is widely regarded to be the worst game in the series. And I hate to admit it, but that’s a fair call.
“But why is that, Liam?” I hear you ask through the earpiece in my batcowl.
Well, for starters, the PC version of Batman: Arkham Origins remains incomplete to this day. It could be argued that this is hyperbole, but it’s not. Here’s why.
The Worst Nightmare Batman character skin is still unobtainable, as can be seen here on the fandom wiki. As the wiki says, it was apparently ‘cut from the game due to issues regarding save files and time constraints’.
Instead of the Worst Nightmare Batman skin, PC users get the Dark Knight skin, which was inspired the Nolan Batman film trilogy. Which sounds pretty awesome until you realise that it’s literally just a reskin of the default skin, which means that the skin is ripped and torn (due to storyline-based wear and tear) by the time you unlock it.
Interestingly, the Worst Nightmare Batman skin is available for PC via a mod – because Bethesda Softworks aren’t the only games company that turns out half-finished drivel and then lets the community do their job for them.
That matters because it was supposed to be one of the high-end ingame trophies – it was only unlocked by mastering many aspects of the game. In an age of gaming where endgame is very important, this is not a good look for WB Montreal.
But maybe you don’t care about some random Batman skin. If not, there’s also another reason to be concerned about WB Montreal being able to produce and maintain a complete game…
The new Batman: Arkham game is also rumoured to have co-op in it.
That sounds fantastic, right?
Imagine it: You’re playing Batman and one of your friends is playing Robin, and together you both coordinate your tactics to take down enemies.
I know what you’re thinking.
Right now you’re thinking: ‘How could he possibly know what I’m thinking?’ but right before that you were probably thinking ‘PLAYING A BATMAN: ARKHAM TEAM-UP GAME SOUNDS PRETTY FRICKIN’ AWESOME!’ – or something to that effect.
And you’re not wrong. It does sound frickin’ awesome.
The problem with this is that we already had a Batman: Arkham team-up game. You might have heard of it? It was called Batman: Arkham Origins.
And right now, you’re probably thinking ‘Well I’m going to buy Batman: Arkham Origins and team-up with a buddy!’
But you can’t.
Because the multiplayer component of the game has been removed.
It makes me wonder: If WB Montreal couldn’t make it work back then, how can they make it work now?
Perhaps they can take what they’ve learnt from their past mistakes and produce a meaningful co-op experience this time around. Whether or not that’s a realistic outlook, only time can tell.
The new Batman: Arkham game will transform the Arkhamverse into something else.
This was mentioned earlier in the article, but it’s worth examining further.
If the combat is going to be the same, then they’ll presumably be using the same engine, or perhaps a more modern version of it.
The thing with the Arkham series’ combat is that it could suit any non-flying superhero. In fact, fans of Batman: Arkham Knight may remember that Harley Quinn was a playable character in that games Challenge Mode.
That’s interesting, because it’s long been rumoured that WB Montreal was working on a Suicide Squad game, which is now apparently being produced by Rocksteady (the company that made the other three games in the Arkham series).
Could both the games be set in a new Arkham-like universe? It’s certainly an exciting idea!
And a Suicide Squad game isn’t as unlikely as you might think: Batman: Arkham Origins features an endgame cutscene which clearly sets up a possible Suicide Squad game.
And if the rumours contained within the above link are true, does this mean that the new Batman: Arkham game will be the first to feature Damian Wayne, Batman’s biological son?
Ultimately, all we can do is speculate for now, because WB Montreal themselves aren’t much help there. Their most recent tweet on the topic is well over a month old (as of the publishing date of this very article), and doesn’t exactly give us any meaningful information:
But hopefully, we’ll find out a lot more info during the upcoming DC Fandome.
I know I shouldn’t, but I’m still looking forward to it.
How about you?