Batman: Arkham Asylum delayed - Confirmed

Source: GameStop-owned magazine Game Informer.What we heard: When Warner Bros. released The Dark Knight to theaters in 2008, it did so without the seemingly requisite game tie-in, a move that analysts say cost EA $100 million. In kind, Eidos Interactive has said that it plans to launch Batman:...

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Source: GameStop-owned magazine Game Informer.

What we heard: When Warner Bros. released The Dark Knight to theaters in 2008, it did so without the seemingly requisite game tie-in, a move that analysts say cost EA $100 million. In kind, Eidos Interactive has said that it plans to launch Batman: Arkham Asylum this summer, meaning the game won't benefit from the hype surrounding a major theatrical release.

Of course, being unattached to a summer blockbuster has its advantages, as Eidos now has some leeway when it comes to Batman: Arkham Asylum's release date. And, according to Game Informer, Eidos intends to exercise that flexibility.

The GameStop-owned magazine's online arm reports today that anonymous sources with knowledge of the game's happenings have confirmed that Eidos intends to push Batman: Arkham Asylum beyond the game's intended summer release window to the fourth quarter of 2009. Previously, the report notes, print advertising and retailer listings indicated the game would arrive for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC as early as June 23.

Game Informer offered no explanation as to why Eidos may have chosen to delay Batman: Arkham Asylum. However, Eidos is currently undergoing a period of significant upheaval, having just been subsumed by Square Enix in April. Therefore, it seems entirely possible that new management could be assessing the game's suitability for release or would prefer to release the anticipated title during the highly lucrative holiday quarter.

However, it also bears mentioning that Eidos has begun ramping up its marketing efforts as if the game were still on target for a June release. In mid-April, the publisher took the lid off of Batman: Arkham Asylum's collector's edition. The following week, Eidos announced that the PS3 edition of the game would receive an exclusive playable Joker, to be used in the game's challenge modes.

The official story: [UPDATE] Shortly following this article's publication, Eidos and Warner Bros. Interactive confirmed that Batman: Arkham Asylum has indeed been pushed back from its previously announced release date. "Eidos Interactive and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment can today confirm that Batman: Arkham Asylum will be released at the end of summer 2009," the publishers said. "This additional time will allow us to ensure Batman: Arkham Asylum is of the highest quality for gamers."

Bogus or not bogus?: Not bogus.

Discussion

213 comments
jokerman_28
jokerman_28

it sucks that it's delayed, but it gives them more time to make this game more better than it was before

QOSMSTR
QOSMSTR

The joker looks creepy...

sgtandy2006
sgtandy2006

The delay has been confirmed, but the confirmation was delayed.

jlevin860
jlevin860

i would rather buy this batman game than a movie spin-off, considering they can't have the main actors to voice act like they do in all the other games. those are just such cookie-cutter games where this batman game looks more unique and original

suicidalblues
suicidalblues

allotheabove123 wrote: "Yeah its about time that the ps3 got some exclusive content for a cross platform game." But you forgot to mention that not only did the PS3 get exclusive content, but they didn't have to throw truckloads of cash at the developer to make it happen, either.

gatsbythepig
gatsbythepig

"a move that analysts say cost EA $100 million"... what? You mean Michael Pachter. The man has a serious disconnect from the industry.

allotheabove123
allotheabove123

man even with this delay ill be out of cash by the end of the year

metalkid9
metalkid9

I wasn't impressed at all, not even a little bit from the gameplay. unless you're a batman fanatic I don't think this game is worth it.

Spanishflea12
Spanishflea12

Not worth buying. Just save your money for a better game or 2 by the time it comes out.

ositoPERU
ositoPERU

There are plenty of other fun games coming out in the meantime so don't worry about the delay. If the studio is pushing out the release date so they can "milk it", I support them in that decision. I want the studio to make as much money as possible so they can continue making more awesome games. If Batman doesn't quite cut it, there will be a next time. I've had the Collector's Edition reserved for a while now, so this delay doesn't really matter to me. BTW, in addition to the Joker you will also get to fight the Scare Crow if you preorder from Gamestop... yay!

mikethebomb316
mikethebomb316

First off chico12 wolverine movie was god aweful and the game could not be any better un less it was based on the comicbook and not the stupid movie buddy. All edios is doing is waiting closer to the holidays so more people will buy it for there kids and so on, I think thats just terrible to milk this game to earn more precious cash. When you have a set release date you should stick by that.

dragonsama
dragonsama

Actully this is a good thing for me. I'll actully have the money to buy it on the new release date.

jscapo
jscapo

Yea, but what if the game still sucks even with the delay. I don't think anything could have helped Wolverine. Any game based on the contents of a movie sucks and its always too short. Here is a successful concept proven in the past. Make a movie from a game. It doesn't make sense in all or most situations but it definitely does in some. From what I see, this game will do well. The only thing that I fear is that it will be too short. All of Batman's foes confined in Arkham is a fantastic idea. Does anyone know if there is any multiplayer in this game. Most people are going to buy this for the story. Why? Because it hasn't been written before. This will be great.

chico12
chico12

shut the hell up. i wish they had pushed wolverine back at least 6 month. fool

mikethebomb316
mikethebomb316

What a horrible thing to do to customers,You should of not had a set release date then. Im not even that excited about this game anymore. There will be a lot of upset people now. Good job Eidos.

Pablo620
Pablo620

With the amount of amazing games coming out to play on PS3 (plus those I still havent played) I am not upset when developers delay games. The more production time the better

BtmnHatesRbn
BtmnHatesRbn

Quickly, using one fifth of one hand, show a representation of all of the good Batman titles since 1980. Yeah, that's right, the Ninja Gaiden-esque Batman for the NES.

strawberries
strawberries

Good to see them delay this game so they can milk it for what it's worth in the holiday season. Great idea.

allotheabove123
allotheabove123

I played it at best buy and it was flawless . They must be fixing bugs that i didnt notice. Yeah its about time that the ps3 got some exclusive content for a cross platform game. I CANT WAIT TO BEAT THE HELL OUT OF PEOPLE AS BATMAN AND THE JOKER

slipper_1
slipper_1

yes that does suck but think about. they really r looking into the gamers LOVING this game. i dont blame them, look at the other batman's or other comic-hero. this is probably for the best. and Rabbid Hamster is right.

LeviHarris
LeviHarris

This is always good news. I'm really looking forward to this game, and I'm more than willing to wait to make sure that it's not the typical tie-in drivel that pollutes store shelves. Good job Eidos and WB.

Andraus
Andraus

Delays are sometimes good. Im Glad they are taking their time with This Title. I can only expect greatness from Batman...lol looking forward to it cause its the game thats comin home with me along with my first PS3!

spike6958
spike6958

Wow this sucks, this is the only game coming out this year that i have any intrest in, and usually "end of summer" mean us in the UK will not see it till Christmas.

Kongousou_ha
Kongousou_ha

While I understand pushing the release date of a game to get the kinks out for release, I feel that this is not the case in this situation. I feel that this IS merely a cheap marketing ploy to increase their sales. From the videos, press, and gamestop having yet to change the shipping date from 6/23, it seems as though the game was in its final build and was more than ready to be shipped out. If anything, I feel as though SquareEnix just wants to make sure their logo gets on that game SOMEWHERE so that they can claim credit for it and its sales since they just acquired the Eidos label. This is NOT a matter of polishing the game and I do agree with those who are upset about the new release date, considering all the facts.

hershy_man
hershy_man

Unless the game goes "GOLD" status you shouldnt be surprised that it gets deplayed

Rabbid_Hampster
Rabbid_Hampster

Why do you guys complain about this. My bet says you all would be the very same people complaining when the game comes out and there are bugs here and there. Its not out yet. Big deal whats a couple of months if it polishes it up a bit more.

jadefury27
jadefury27

their reason for pulling it back is bulls#!t. this is just them trying to maximize profit at our expence. they think the game wont sell as well in the summer, but it will as a holiday "must have" title. as much as i want this game i think this'll backfire on some level because it'll have some really stiff competion against some heavyweight titles. especally since batman titles have a really crappy track record some might rethink this as a purchase and now this might become more of a rent\gamefly for some players. thanks eidos you just gave more fallout 3 & ufc 2009 time.

kakotan
kakotan

this is Bs this was gonna be my game of the summer !!!!!! THEY better make sure its runing and plays well for when it comes out I think ill get it for the PS3 tho to play as joker lol

DM2438
DM2438

I remember a game they got delayed and it turned out not to be worth the wait...MCLA. Hope this game isn't as disappointing.

slipknot61174
slipknot61174

It's really bumming me out when I go to the local video game stores and they still have B:AA posters plastered all over the place, though. Okay, I have to wait for the game, but do I need all the promotional materials in my face until September? But at least this isn't gonna be another FFXIII... or is it? (dum dum duuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuum....)

xbox4life76
xbox4life76

I was looking forward to this title but I'm thinking the delay could be in part to them trying to wait out the recession and seeing if later in the year is any better...that's just my guess based on zero facts...but I'm sure extra work could always be done on it...and in the end when it is released...the next Batman movie won't be that far down the road...

iceberg082002
iceberg082002

robertcain i heard that 360 does also have a special thing in its game. while the PS3 gets Joker the 360 gets Scarecrow. but of course id rather have Joker

iceberg082002
iceberg082002

Wej_accept_it delays can also be bad look at Army of Two

Xeit
Xeit

Delay FTW.

MrHatnClogs
MrHatnClogs

Looking at some of the trailers, the greatest example the Bane trailer, it did look like the game still needed work. I'm glad their not rushing this one out especially something as epic as this, I mean come on, you can't get anything better than the cast and writers of the original Batman The Animated Series. I can't waqit for this game!

Wej_accept_it
Wej_accept_it

Delays can be so good for games. Look at KillZone 2, Half Life 2 or MGS4. It was so worth it in the end.

ImOldGreg
ImOldGreg

If it helps bring a better product to the consumers, Im all for waiting...Take all the time you need, there are plenty of classic batman cartoons to keep me entertained until then! :P

mossongreens
mossongreens

I was not hyped for this...but my local gamestop had a demo which I reluctantly tried...needless to say 5mins later I reserved a copy. In my opinion try the demo it might be your flavor and definately if you like beat'em-up games...and there's also stealth and crime scene puzzle solving...

CaRD0N
CaRD0N

Wow a decision based on game play and not cash? I'm impressed. This game may be playable now... but I doubt it.

AnelZukic
AnelZukic

now Eidos is a property of Square so expect more delays :lol: anyway I hope the turns good :D It doesn't matter for me that the game is been delayed ;)

DiabolicalX
DiabolicalX

can't say I'm not a little dissapointed

Rallen6
Rallen6

delays are fine because if the game is rushed then you'll get a rubbish game. much like TS3 was supposed to be out in feb,but is now june 5th,and i can wait aslong as it will ROCK

robertcain
robertcain

Its good that PS3 is getting the exclusive stuff for once but I hope that they have a good reason for this

kegmiester
kegmiester

Well, i'm ok for a delay as long as it gives it time to be even better. This game has a lot of potential to be great and the trailers suggest it. Lets hope it doesn't go badly wrong.