Batman: Arkham Asylum committed to Aug. 25

Eidos and WBIE's Rocksteady-developed action adventure swoops to retail on 360, PS3, PC this fall; Europe locked away August 28.

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Eidos and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment led off May with news that Batman: Arkham Asylum needed a bit more time in the development ward. Instead of its anticipated June release, Arkham Asylum would remain remanded until "the end of summer 2009," with additional development time targeted toward ensuring "the highest quality for gamers," according to the publisher.

The gun is probably fake, but the blood is most certainly real.

Today, Eidos attached an exact date to Batman: Arkham Asylum, saying the Rocksteady Studios-developed action adventure will arrive for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC on August 25 in North America. Batman: Arkham Asylum's European release will occur three days later on August 28.

Cowritten by Paul Dini, producer of TV's Batman: The Animated Series, the game begins when the Joker breaks out of jail and escapes to Arkham. There, he orchestrates a plan to kill Batman and wreak havoc on Gotham City with the help of myriad accomplices. As an added incentive, PS3 gamers will be able to 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

40 comments
Ibrahim17
Ibrahim17

Heath's performance was good, but it wasn't the be all and end all to The Joker. Dark Asylum has THE BEST voice actor for the Joker, and that's Mark Hamill, without a contest, hands down, period. Also worth mentioning, Kevin Conroy is the best voice actor for Batman, ever. This is AAA title for Batman fans.

Joshuayeah
Joshuayeah

@ shkar I get what you are sayng, but i cant imagine the joker voiced by any one other than mark hamill. i grew up watching the animated series (still do!) and his joker voice is the one thats stuck, whenever i've read comics i've always had that voice in mind, and thats why i really liked the fact that he is doing the voice. (besides whats cooler than my idol hero - skywalker, voicing my idol villain?!) Although saying that, like every one i was really bowled over by heaths version.

Solomon1021
Solomon1021

Seriously where is the demo already, I've played it at gamestop with PS3 controls which is cool but, I would really like to play it on my 360 from home.

aultman72
aultman72

preoredered yester day and paid in full now i just need the extra 40 bucks to upgrade to the special edition

batmanboy11
batmanboy11

I wish a demo would come out on the Xbox Live Marketplace/PlayStation Network.

plasmaeagle14
plasmaeagle14

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! i so badly want this game a month was a long enough wait but now even longer.i guess this will just make the game better anyway so come on call of juarez bound in blood !

solidine
solidine

I'm iffy on this. Games based on existing things usually just aren't that good. This looks great though. Hopefully it will actually deliver. Regardless, I'll wait for reviews, or until I play it before I commit myself to a purchase.

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

This game looks to be maximizing the hell out of the Unreal Engine! I'm torn between getting it for the 360 or PS3. PS3 for the joker, and 360 for the achievements. I .....................?

Jak_Napier
Jak_Napier

Finally some much needed confirmation and closure. I can now actually look forward to this game with a solid release date in mind.

orcmonkey3000
orcmonkey3000

@Solomon1021: EXCELLENT advice...something a lot of people need to hear. It's stupid to go into debt for anything that is not absolutely necessary, but it's the height of stupidity to do so for a video game. We need more gamers like you to show the outside world that we're not all a bunch of idiots.

Solomon1021
Solomon1021

For all those saying they need a credit card or have one. Don't be stupid and get in debt over games. So instead of $60 dollars your gonna pay more like $80 for something you haven't even played yet. You can only technically play one game at a time. While you play Batman for a month separate 20 bucks a week and pay cash. I turned stuff in that I don't play anymore and Arkham is payed off, as well as half of Assassins Creed 2. And I know I'll have saved to pay that cash as well. DON'T PAY MORE, BE PATIENT I enjoy games more when they are payed for and I'm not in debt. wwww.daveramsey.com

combatsoldier
combatsoldier

To everyones questions. 1.Yes the PS3 version will have trophies. 2.Yes Sony purchased exclusive rights to have Joker challenge mode. 3.Yes the release date of this game has changed a total of four times. 4.Yes I pre ordered it for xbox but switched to PS3 when I heard about content. 5. This game is going to be amazing. 6. I really hope the release date will not change again. 7. The joker is one of the coolest villians of all time. 8. Batman is just a pure bad ass. 9. Supposedly developers have worked very hard on this title to make it quality for all consoles. 10. The game looks beautiful so far. I am very excited and cant wait for it.

shkar
shkar

After watching the dark knight for like 4 times and getting impressed by Heath Ledger's role as the JOKER I don't think I will ever enjoy watching JOKER played or voice acted by anybody else ........

GC4ever
GC4ever

now lets try to keep this date ok? u guys at rocksteady are gonna give batman fans heart attacks!!!

spiderman120988
spiderman120988

At Partisan357: Good think i already have a credit card!!! =D

BloodMist
BloodMist

Pleeeeeease please let the gameplay be as amazing as the production values are, let this be the first truly fantastic Batman game.

TheLunaDivider
TheLunaDivider

I'm really looking forward to this, and so I'm fairly peeved at another delay. Hope they're worth it though, this should be good.

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

If they make it a great game, i don't care how long it takes.

darkbreaker
darkbreaker

I have waiting this loong time ago and they keep delaying it. Hope this time they're not.

Partisan357
Partisan357

Do you realize how many games I need to get in a relatively short amount of time. Bioshock 2, Modern Warfare 2, Dragon Age, Arkham Asylum, Call of Pripyat, etc. And most of these have Collectors Editions. I better apply for that credit card now.

Red122
Red122

Cant wait for this

JRD1912
JRD1912

"the`ll probably wait like 3 months to put the joker content as DLC in 360..." Im sure they will, but I dont pay for DLC that isnt a full expansion pack like GTA, and thats the only one ive bought (and it was just ok imo). Paying 4$ for a god damn horse, 5 for Darth Vader/Yoda, or 3.99 for some crappy costumes in SF4 is a crime.

faceman420
faceman420

my most anticipated game of the yr

raev92
raev92

the`ll probably wait like 3 months to put the joker content as DLC in 360...just like they did the "exclusive" Darth Vader in SC IV...i just hope it isn't that of a rip off!!!

townsenda1
townsenda1

I'm ok with them taking there time to get things right. The game looks great and can't wait to get it for the PS3.

batman0811
batman0811

i really want this game and im torn on if i want it on ps3 or 360, but at least i have an exact date now

JRD1912
JRD1912

Argh, I really hate having to buy PS3, esp since my TV doesnt support 720p, but I dont think I can pass up the joker content :-/

combatsoldier
combatsoldier

@blazin640 Yes brother, I agree. I cant wait for this either and to answer your question. yes it will offer trophy support.

blazin640
blazin640

hurry up and come out, I want my playable Joker character and the extra challenge map from Preordering this from Gamestop. this will be the best game ever, hopefully with trophy support.

NukedUSN
NukedUSN

Now I'm just worried that they'll find themselves rushing the game to make this new date at the expense of quality... don't get me wrong, I'm hoping it'll be great.

combatsoldier
combatsoldier

@robfield Agreed brother. I hope this release date sticks.

shii666
shii666

This will probably be one of the best cross-over type of games I've seen. (Chronicles of Riddick being the best)

robfield
robfield

As long as they don't let it slip into the fall/holiday season.

combatsoldier
combatsoldier

@nygiants1080 Yes brother your exaclty right. Sony purchased Exclusive rights for this game to have special Challenge mode so you can play as the Joker.

gatsbythepig
gatsbythepig

The game has potential. Unfortunately I have never enjoyed comic book games... but I have always wanted too.

nygiants1080
nygiants1080

Oh and hell ya to PS3 being able to use The Joker!

nygiants1080
nygiants1080

We will see. It was street dated last time for 6/23. Either way the game looks sick!

combatsoldier
combatsoldier

I preordered this game from gamestop and the game release date has changed four times. I want this game so bad. It looks incredible.