Batman: Arkham Asylum commits 2.5 million

Eidos, WBIE, and Rocksteady's well-received action adventure secures double-platinum-plus milestone following last week's PC release.

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Eidos, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, and Rocksteady's Batman: Arkham Asylum has thus far enjoyed both critical and commercial success since its August 25 launch on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Two weeks after receiving high marks from a breadth of gaming sites, Eidos said that the third-person action adventure was rapidly closing in on the 2-million-unit milestone.

There isn't much that doesn't make Joker smile.

With the PC edition of the game debuting last week, Eidos announced today that Batman: Arkham Asylum has now shipped more than 2.5 million units worldwide. Notably, Arkham Asylum stood out among otherwise lackluster US retail sales in August, with NPD reporting that the Xbox 360 edition shifted 303,000 units and the PS3 version sold 290,000 copies during the month.

Last week, Eidos augmented the Xbox 360 and PS3 editions of Arkham Asylum with a free, single-player add-on to the game's Challenge mode. (A PC version is expected later this year.) The add-on included two new maps: Totally Insane caters to action-oriented players, presenting hordes of psychotic inmates that Batman must trounce. Nocturnal Hunter takes the opposite tack, tasking players with staying stealthy while picking off Joker's goons.

Cowritten by Paul Dini, producer of TV's Batman: The Animated Series, the game begins when the Joker leads a revolt within Gotham's notorious sanatorium, Arkham Asylum. As an added incentive, PS3 gamers can play as Gotham City's quintessential madman in the game's Challenge map modes.

For more information, check out GameSpot's previous coverage of Batman: Arkham Asylum.

Discussion

246 comments
FF_fan2004
FF_fan2004

I'm a UK gamer and I'm certainly not a mindless drone either. Besides, I only have an Xbox 360 version of Arkham Asylum simply because the Xbox 360 was the only console that I could manage to save up since the PS3 was too expensive for me to afford it. In all fairness I was shown the Arkham Asylum trailer through my friend's 360. And for some strange reason, even though he has both 360 and PS3, he bought the 360 version instead.

rnmp
rnmp

don't understand it...

dforeigner
dforeigner

mos2000 and the funny thing is that what he said is not even true. Clearly he was looking at the TV but the brain wasn't really processing information.

mos2000
mos2000

@kavadias You're statement would lead one to believe that the gamers in the UK are not really gamers, but just mindless "drones" who can't pick up magazines, look on the web, and see that the title is for both systems - that's insane. Look, on avg third party titles sell 1 1/2 to 1 on the 360 over the PS3. So the fact that this title only sold 13K less on the PS3 in a particular month just shows how good the title is - which is what we're suppose to be talking about!! Trust me, there are plenty of forums on gamespot for someone to post their fanboy love or outrage regarding a particular system. Take it from someone who has both systems and puts in their 2 cents often. However, now's not the time... If you think the game is better on one system oppose to another, then tell us why in SPECIFIC DETAIL. You could end up giving someone in the decision making process some much needed assistance. But, just giving vague statements such as "That is why. Somebody was hogging the advetising again." or "why did more people buy it on 360 i guess people still dont get it" is only going to start something here that doesn't belong here...

DanteDelacoix
DanteDelacoix

Im pretty sure Batman has sold more on the Ps3 than on the 360. 360 is approx. 0.74m where as PS3 is on approx 0.84m. Just what ive read though. True enough it doesnt matter which one it sold better on, the fact of the matter is that everyone can enjoy this fantastic game that has set a benchmark for future games. And all those asking for a sequel, I think it is more of a when than if. After seeing how well this has done, warner is just going to throw money at the developers to repeat its success. I personally want the sequel to involve a story in Gotham City as a whole, and possibly some vehicle gameplay. I mean who wouldnt want to drive the batmobile or fly the Batwing.

mos2000
mos2000

@spotty6 "why did more people buy it on 360 i guess people still dont get it" Let's not start this here. The title sold well on both consoles - that's all that matters. There's nothing "to get".

brendanhunt1
brendanhunt1

"US retail sales in August, with NPD reporting that the Xbox 360 edition shifted 303,000 units and the PS3" thats just US though

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

@spotty6 In the UK the only advert for AA ended with a big fat "for xbox 360". There was no mention of the fact that it was available on OTHER platforms at all. That is why. Somebody was hogging the advetising again.

spotty6
spotty6

why did more people buy it on 360 i guess people still dont get it

RedWave247
RedWave247

Happy to hear it. As a comic book fan, I was cautiously optimistic that this would be good. All my worries have been alleviated, though. Now, then. How about a Batsequel that takes you through all of Gotham? Or a Superman game that treats its source with just as much respect?

decoy1978
decoy1978

You don't even have to be a fan of Batman to enjoy this game. It is simply well made.

RajBauer
RajBauer

One of my favourite games EVER. This Metal Gear Solid and the Uncharted games are reason enough to get a PS3. The PS3 related thing to Batman is the joker content for those wondering. Also I hit a 101x combo in totally insane today. Before that my highest was 80x. I really hope that they come up with another DLC but rather than it be challenge rooms, maybe an epilogue where we see how the ending will play into the sequel or maybe they could end that storyline and come with a new one, or maybe catching Dent. Any story-related DLC would be amazing not that the one we got wasn't great but how often do you want to go back to challenge rooms once you have hit the best score you could possibly have gotten.

shesty
shesty

Great game, and great boss battles. I want to fight mr. freeze and clayface!

ErebusGamer
ErebusGamer

@C_T_SKYE Mainly because there has been only one Aqua Man game it is pretty much not mentioning.

ErebusGamer
ErebusGamer

I was skeptical at first but when I played it, it pretty much made me forget it was a "beat-em-up".

Diernes
Diernes

Bring on the sequal rocksteady, throw some open world action in gotham and a drivable Batmobile for good measure, this franchise has endless opurtunities I cant see why it's taken so long for a batman game not too suck

speedytimsi
speedytimsi

Finally a good superhero game. Now if they can get a superhero game from a movie then it would be unbelievable.

OmegaFurion
OmegaFurion

This game is so awesome and so addictive. I just beat Poison Ivy and I'm heading to the Joker's "party". I can't wait to beat it, but part of me just wants it to go on and on. I'm gonna tackle the challenge mode when I'm done too. This game is a definite buy or at least a long term rental.

KoolzKatz
KoolzKatz

No more excuses for bad superhero games, this game set the bar high and it was good to play a Batman game that didnt suck. Gratz.

djmusmc
djmusmc

This game has the perfect balance of action, puzzles, and cutscenes. I enjoyed every moment of it.

C_T_SKYE
C_T_SKYE

whatever batman lovers im done here

Crossel777
Crossel777

It's pretty much THE Batman game. It's flawless. Every super hero game should aim to be like this.

SrTVBR
SrTVBR

This game deserves recognition. The production company´s did a great job.

Redmore
Redmore

This has to get game of the year - the brilliant script/story/voiceacting, detailed design and amazing combat is unrivalled in a game so far this year!

C_T_SKYE
C_T_SKYE

let me ask this , if this was an aquaman game or somethins as crappy as aquaman, would you people have even laid eyes on the game? or just because OMG ITS BATMAN!!

The_Godfather_
The_Godfather_

Batman Arkham Asylum is the best superhero game ever made and one of the best games of 2009. Congratulations Rockstedy !

C_T_SKYE
C_T_SKYE

@FReeStyLeMaSTeR i did play the game and i completed it, i just dont like it

georgio1
georgio1

the best game i've played for a while. great to see its getting the proper recognition

im-a-roustabout
im-a-roustabout

@ C_T_SKYE Wow the three games you mentioned were all shooters. You have a great variety and a wide spectrum of taste.......Anyways You talk about the game not having any longevity, but the game has that kind of greatness to it where you just want to play it over and over again! It doesn't need multi-player for it to be great. Just play the game by yourself man, kind of like how we did it before LIVE and PSN

xxscammersxx
xxscammersxx

Still have to get it, looks awesome though

digi_matrix
digi_matrix

Goes to show, if you release a great game in a dry climate, it'll sell. And having 70 years of popularity doesn't hurt :P

im-a-roustabout
im-a-roustabout

Wow the differences in sales is not that far apart. Looks like third party publishers no longer have to worry about sales not picking up ( I'm talking to you Activision). Was is Activision? I can't remember anymore

Nabz034
Nabz034

According to the numbers above, that means this game grossed over $35M...I think we will be seeing another one... BTW, best game I have ever played...

rockko666
rockko666

i dont usually get this amazed by a game. simply great.

twistedmalice
twistedmalice

This is one of my all time favorite games. The storyline is great. The characters are all awesome and even the riddlers's challenges are fun. I love this game!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

mk360star
mk360star

What can u say? It's an amazing game, and exclusively on the ps3, you can play as Joker

Kakua_Omari
Kakua_Omari

I loved it, it's how a batman game should be. Now if only we could get a a similar game that takes place all over gotham......

TxtBin
TxtBin

An awesome game, deserves every penny going towards it!

FReeStyLeMaSTeR
FReeStyLeMaSTeR

worth every penny for this game. It's one truly great game

LessThanMike
LessThanMike

beat the game, TRULY AMAZING, one of the best games i've played in a while!!

rohberthere
rohberthere

currently at Tokyo & wasn't able to continue playing it, left my copy back at home.sniff sniff