Batman: Arkham City breaks out Oct. 18

Rocksteady Games' latest take on the Dark Knight stakes claim to release date, European launch set for Oct. 21.

Ordinarily, it would be difficult to describe any one part of the crime-ridden Gotham City as "the bad part of town." That's likely to change soon, as Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today announced October 18 as the North American release date for Batman: Arkham City. The game will launch in Australia the following day, with a European launch October 21.

Celebratory chest-bump!

Like its predecessor, Arkham City drops Batman in the confines of an unconventional prison. But where Arkham Asylum stuck players in the halls and courtyards of a mental hospital overrun with the Joker's goons and allies, Arkham City deposits them in a sprawling neighborhood of Gotham City that has been walled off to contain the criminal element.

Under the watchful eye of "warden" Dr. Hugo Strange, who knows Batman's secret identity, inmates of Arkham City are free to do anything they want short of attempting escape. In addition to Strange, the game will feature Batman villains like Two-Face and the Joker.

For more on Arkham City, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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gbrading
gbrading moderator

My anticipation is almost palpable.

5678loh
5678loh

cant wait to get batman and uncharted 3

MrHatnClogs
MrHatnClogs

Portal 2, Mass Effect 3, and Arkham City.....I just hope theres no special editions for AC and ME3, otherwise theres gonna be some serious charges on my credit card.........

Witchsight
Witchsight

This better be leading to "Batman Gotham". Batman's gadgets with Assassin Creeds agility and roof hopping. Just try not to get excited about that!

spoonybard-hahs
spoonybard-hahs

@ xboxuser Because in a month, it won't be used for $40. More like $50 - 55.

DEATH775
DEATH775

I hope there's a special edition for this one

steelmouth
steelmouth

Damn I really need to get most of these alleged great games that I missed during my shooter only days, the review for the 1st one looked awesome I got get it then get this too, but not to worry October is far enough i still got time

irwin888
irwin888

Pre-ordering without a doubt. Is it just me, or is Batman absolutely dominating in the majority of modern day media? I mean, the comic's as strong as ever, Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight knocked it out of the ballpark, and now it's become one of the best single player experiences in gaming - Wayne's on a ROLL!!!

djvj_y2k
djvj_y2k

anyway, launch day sure buy for me. after that drake's deception. rocksteady, please do a superman game.

djvj_y2k
djvj_y2k

*sings old school batman tv intro* BATMAN! tuhduhduhduhduhduhduhduhduhduh BATMAN! tuhduhduhduhduhduhduhduhduhduh BATMAN BATMAN BATMAN! tuhduhduhduhduhduhduh......... BATMAAAAN!!!! "POW!" "KAPAK!" "KABOOM!"

umster
umster

soooooo far away

Phazevariance
Phazevariance

Ok, so they made the dude in the interview wear a vest because the interviewer and him wore the same shirt! LOL

xboxuser
xboxuser

I have never pre-ordered a video game before (why pay 60 bucks when you can buy it used for 40 in a month?), but this game deserves my first pre-order.

PSgeek
PSgeek

arkham asylum is one of my favorite ps3 games...can't wait for this one

meateater79
meateater79

Skyrim and Arkham City... Glad to see that not all the developers are abandoning the single-player aspect of video games. No doubt they will preserve the atmosphere of the first, as it totally added to how immersed the player is to the story. It's been a while since I felt like there was a game that's a sure buy without renting it first, that I'm actually excited about it's release date.

ash162
ash162

New Batman takedown: Bear HUG!!!!

Wormkid_64
Wormkid_64

Batman is one of my favorite heroes of all,because he has no powers,yet he can fight and beat villains with god-like abilities because he is always 3 steps ahead of the game.His only intellectual rival is the Joker,who can lead him on for quite awhile before Batman figures the scheme out. There was even a show(or comic,I can't remember)which showed Batman has a plan in place to take down the entire Justice League,should they turn evil.Talk about thinking ahead.

Wormkid_64
Wormkid_64

I'm gunna take Batman to the ghetto of Gotham!You know you're there when you see sneakers hanging from the telephone wires. I think this game will be better than the first.

slothrox
slothrox

Nice eyebrow twitching at the end there

scar4ever
scar4ever

I honestly think a multiplayer along the lines of a mix between AC: Brotherhood and Red Dead: Redemption could have worked here. But whatever, better left the idea out if you're not sure. The last thing this needs is a half-assed multiplayer component taking developing time from the single player experience.

Big_Evil666
Big_Evil666

i wanna know about a Collector's Edition if there is one

CTR360
CTR360

good news i cant wait

ChiefMac88
ChiefMac88

Thank god no online competitive multi-player mode. The last thing this game needs is to bring in the "i'm angry at society and suck at everything else in life so I'm gonna go 'pwn nubs' in video game" crowd. Leave that crowd with Call of Duty 26

BloodMist
BloodMist

Stick to what the first game did well and expand upon it, yes, that's how you do a sequel right.I see no reason why this game won't be superb.

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

I couldn't get all the achievements like AmasterNinja117, but I did enjoy it just the same.The sequel should be awesome, and I'm glad to hear they didn't try to implement some tacked on multiplayer.

AmasterNinja117
AmasterNinja117

I played it and I got all the achievement off it and I would play it again if I owned it but I had borrowed it from a friend

bluedarrk
bluedarrk

Does anyone know what sort of replay value this game will have? I only played a little of the first one at a friends, but I know after he beat it he didn't play it again. I don't know if I want to drop $60 for a game I'll play once.

apolloooo
apolloooo

waiting is sure painful, but it's for the best. i don't want if the game rushed, like DA 2

Regent192
Regent192

it comes out in my birthday :D

RonTorque
RonTorque

I truly can't wait for the game.

wickedmc
wickedmc

I have to admit that I didn't play the first one,so for this, I shouldn't miss out this time!!!

DLobotomist
DLobotomist

This Holiday is gonna rob my wallet clean..... Santa I want enough dough to get my games on my wishing list.....

Funeral_Fan
Funeral_Fan

Can not wait to see some gameplay footage. If the elder scrolls skyrim wasn't out this year this would be the game I've been most stoked about for years.

dw207
dw207

all i can say is.... YYEEESSSSSSS!!!!

electronic_eye
electronic_eye

@mission76 - totally agree. the only thing i docked it off for.

Jak_Napier
Jak_Napier

marking this date on my calendar and can't wait! hopefully no delays will arise in the near future, fingers crossed!

mission76
mission76

The only game I'm looking forward to playing this year. Hopefully boss fights are going to be actual memorable fights instead of the second thought throwaways they were in the first one...that was my only gripe

fightmusician
fightmusician

Sooooooooo buying this the day it comes out!!!!!!!!!

-Fromage-
-Fromage-

Awesome, marking that down on my calendar.

Solid_Sterb
Solid_Sterb

Looks really good. I still need to finish the Arkham Asylum though.

TheEntertainist
TheEntertainist

Arkham Asylum was an addicting game especially the freeflow combat which showed how Batman is the ultimate bad-ass that no one in the world can f*** with, but there were three problems that I had with the game: 1) The upgrade system was weak (Makes since that there's only a few combat and stealth upgrades because Batman is already a ninja and martial arts master, but they should've done something more interesting and varied with the gadget upgrades). 2) There's no armor customization (I really wished you can customize the way Batman looks in-game and in the custscenes). 3) No replay value (Even though the upgrade system wasn't great in the first place, I was a little disappointed when I couldn't play the entire game again with the upgrades I earned). I'm impressed that they are making more improvements with gameplay mechanics that were already great in the first place, but I hope Arkham City is able to fix these problems.