Batman: Arkham City ships 6 million

Rocksteady's well-received Caped Crusader action title helps Warner Bros. game/film sector surge 9 percent to $12.6 billion.

Batman: Arkham City is continuing to be a big hit for publisher Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. As part of its parent publisher Time Warner's full-year 2011 financial report, the company said Batman: Arkham City has now shipped 6 million units worldwide since its launch in October.

Batman has infiltrated retailers by the millions.

Time Warner's Filmed Entertainment business, which houses its game development unit, saw revenues rise 9 percent to $12.6 billion during its fiscal year ended December 31, 2011. The company said revenues benefited from a "stronger" game release slate and called out the aforementioned Batman: Arkham City, as well as Mortal Kombat and "several" Lego titles as "key" contributors to its bottom line.

The company has not revealed specific sell-through figures for the Caped Crusader title, but the first-week shipment tally for the game stood at 4.6 million. The NPD Group placed the game as the seventh-best selling title at US retailers in 2011.

Additionally, Arkham City was by-mail game rental company GameFly's most-requested title of 2011, beating out the year's best-selling title, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.

Finally, Arkham City has been nominated for two Game Developers Choice awards, including Game of the Year and Best Game Design. That award show is part of the annual Game Developers Conference and will be held on March 7 at 6:30 p.m. PT.

For more on Batman: Arkham City, check out GameSpot's review.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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andres_ak47
andres_ak47

@Richardthe3rd you are right! you dont! because Batman Arkham City is not available in my region! Oops, sorry! An error was encountered while processing your request: This item is currently unavailable in your region I dont have a credit card so I cant buy it through XboxLive market either. and the DVD I couldnt find it anywhere.

hamedhamedghgh
hamedhamedghgh

UserName: Hamedgh (Other Sites) --- Hi! my dear Friends! { "Think of it as a running gag!!! Ladies and murderers! Welcome to the big fight. Other games(Batman); you're going down!"--- Whose is this dialogue?! --- "Stand back games, I've got a bomb! Oh, Right." --- Dialogue of: Rocksteady to other Games! (this is Joker's Dialogue of Batman Arkham Asylum with little change…"Games" Instead "Fool") " I've got a date with immortality in History's Games " --- Dialogue of: Joker in Batman Arkham City (with little change… " History's Games" added) "hush little baby,don't say a word,momma's gonna kill for you the whole damn games"." --- Dialogue of: Harley Quinn in Batman Arkham City (with little change… "Games" Instead "World") } --- Thanks to all my friends!

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

Well, make a great game and it will sell. Well Deserved if you ask me.

mike300zxt
mike300zxt

Stana is Catwoman? Dang, I'm buying this now! Long over due anyways. Huge fan of her TV show Castle.

aymansito
aymansito

it is really a good efforts towards the right direction for Rocksteady studios.

ResponsibleGame
ResponsibleGame

@beeftaco3232 - Can I tell you something ? Despite all of gaming's technological advancements , despite so many talented and critically acclaimed studios in existence , despite so many promises made by developers that they would provide the definitive superhero experience , no one has truly managed to make gamers feel as if they t really are the Caped Crusader or any other Superhero for that matter . Arkham City is successful mainly because of its superb understanding of the Caped Crusader and his world . Rocksteady have invested an insane amount of time in understanding what makes Batman who he is and no where is that more apparent than in the game's story and combat . It's so beautifully executed and designed that it's arguably the best interpretation of Batman since the Christopher Nolan films . Hell , I'm not a die-hard Batman fan but this game has such energy and authenticity that it provides a great amount of insight into the Dark Knight's world . That's the reason why Arkham City is King in a genre ( the superhero genre ) that is otherwise filled with trash . It's ability to make you feel like the Dark Knight himself , that's the reason why Arkham City has established as a fan-boy favorite .

wexorian
wexorian

it's more than fear 3 gj Warnerbross 6 million is not bad :D

ALLoY1717
ALLoY1717

@Ugotes That can't be right surely! Not that I have any idea how the rental business model works.

TomatoDragonPSN
TomatoDragonPSN

A big ol' congrats to Rocksteady. This is by far one of the greatest games I've every played. And not just saying that because I'm a Batman fanboy...but it helps. :)

gryphn16
gryphn16

I never knew the head of gamespot was such a pansy.. sorry bro. love the site though.

advocacy
advocacy

Now, onto Batman: Arkham World!

Xellos976
Xellos976

@-HaloHitman- we live in a mad world atleast as ur profile pic tells me

E-i-N-e
E-i-N-e

I'm glad some gaming companies are keeping afloat and aren't losing money. Hopefully people in this industry keep their jobs, keep up the good work.

Hate_Squad
Hate_Squad

good,of course if skyrim sold 10-12 million this game deserve 20 million sales

NTM23
NTM23

I haven't bought this game yet, very very unfortunate, more so considering the fact that it's been three months and three weeks now (actually, I just checked that, it's not that bad... huh). I'll get it soon though hopefully adding to the units sold.

Ugotes
Ugotes

@ALLoY1717 Rocksteady don't get a dime from those rented copies at Gamefly. Pretty messed up if you ask me.

RabidBurp
RabidBurp

There better be another Arkham game in the works. They need to just shut up and take my money already.

ALLoY1717
ALLoY1717

This was probably my GotY. It is one of the few games I played to completion multiple times and I'm still going back. On a side note does anyone know if Rocksteady sees any benefit from being the number 1 rented game on Gamefly?

-HaloHitman-
-HaloHitman-

Great news! But how does this masterpiece sell less than Modern Pastefare 3, what kind of world are we living in?

Ugotes
Ugotes

I was really hoping that it sold more since I consider this game a triple A title. :(

DennisWZH
DennisWZH

hm.. would it have sold more if it didnt have an online offline pass?

princeraj1
princeraj1

This game's developers was too careful when creating this game.We can't see any bad points.Almost a perfect game :)

Rsoub
Rsoub

this game maked the people who is not fan of super hero well here everyone loves batman

Marky360
Marky360

I honestly was very excited about this game and was planning on picking it up that was until they announced that there online pass wouldn't allow u to play as Catwoman and basically gimped the single player portion of the game. At the time I didn't have internet so I had no way to DL Catwoman even if I did buy it new(Which I was planning to do anyway) and I wasn't about to play a gimped version of they game so I decided to buy Saints Row the 3rd instead and honestly I don't regret it as Saints Row was awesome. I may pick Batman up later as I have high speed internet access now.

LoganWesker
LoganWesker

above average game. Very good actually. A little too short and had too many Riddler minigames...just give me a longer campaign next time damn it!

soulless4now
soulless4now

This game should pave the way for future superhero games. *cough* I'm looking at you, Sega. *cough*

GodGundamNT1
GodGundamNT1

So basically the next Batman game BETTER have LA Noire like 3d engine technology used where you FINALLY do what Batman has been doing for the last 70 plus years, be a frigging Detective, ride around in the Batmobile or BatCycle (we can forgive no Bat Jet) and the Batboat, as well as do missions as either Bruce Wayne/Dick Greyson or Batman/Robin, be summoned to police HQ, etc etc like in the comics damn it, 6 million sold, thats alot of money and please no excuse that you need next gen hardware cause thats BS go and play LA Noire, maybe you don't need the facial recognition but at least the detective work on top of the brawling.

Cwagmire21
Cwagmire21

@HipHopBeats Missing Save bug is pretty detrimental to the game IMO. I love the game, but I'm scared to play it any longer while this bug is still out there. It's been over two months since its PC release and over three months since its console release and this bug is still in the game.

docwoo
docwoo

Great game. PLLLLLEEEAAASSEEE release some DLC for this game soon!

DoubleclickTF
DoubleclickTF

Got it for £8 in a direct download sale over Christmas for the PC. I almost felt bad for getting it so cheap.

Zloth2
Zloth2

An excellent game for sure, though the Games for Windows Live is pretty sad to see on the PC. Unlike Batman:AA, this one had a great ending!

SeptuagintXXX
SeptuagintXXX

GymFox: true dat. i bought arkham asylum used. I loved it, so i bought arkham city new, with a preorder. The used game market earned them a sale from me.

SeptuagintXXX
SeptuagintXXX

ThePowerOfHAT: i completely agree. this game was so much better than dark souls.

Basinboy
Basinboy

One of the 10 best games of this generation. It will ship a good chunk more too once the Wii U hits store shelves.

Rafa16
Rafa16

Great game! so far I have completed like 50% and it is still awesome. PS Wow! Time does fly, Mark Hamill looks like Emperor Palpetine

Longini
Longini

Warner Bros. made all that money and still feel that they gotta screw over the people that gave them that money with the pre-order/DLC crap.

littleghostie
littleghostie

Warning! if you are in school and playing arkham city your grades will falter.

ThePowerOfHAT
ThePowerOfHAT

Arkham City is easily my 2011 Game Of The Year. The level of polish in terms of both gameplay and presentation was next to flawless. It's one of the best open-world titles I've ever played.

GymFox
GymFox

Yep, used games are definitely killing the game market you corporate ***** bags... Prime example of a quality game getting rewarded for being a quality product. Posts like these make me laugh right after reading about how the industry isn't making enough money

hleflore
hleflore

All super hero games should aspire to be as good as Batman: Arkham City. Heck if all games were this good id play more games.

Quinsec
Quinsec

Now if only they fixed all the bugs with the pc version - DX11, save games, and cutscene stuttering would be a nice start. Three months after launch, still no patch :/

Taix34
Taix34

i Can't wait for the sequel, since the game hints about it thoughout the game :P

Zensword
Zensword

I've just ordered it from Amazon 2 days ago and waiting for my copy.

flammable_zeus
flammable_zeus

I'm still waiting for a price drop for PC. Probably would have had it day one if it wasn't delayed.