Batman: Arkham City Xbox 360 bundle spotted

Amazon's German arm outs special-edition console bundle with 250GB system, controller, and game for about $380.

Microsoft has a history of giving gamers special-edition system bundles for major franchises. The Xbox 360 has at various times been packed in with Halo 3, Gears of War 3, Final Fantasy XIII, and soon Kinect Star Wars and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. Now, it appears DC Comics' caped crusader is bundling up as well.

Customers are a thrifty and judicious lot…

As spotted by Gamerant, Amazon's German arm recently posted a listing for a Batman: Arkham City Xbox 360 bundle. The listing indicates that Microsoft is readying a bundle for Rocksteady's October 18-dated action game that includes a 250GB system, a controller, and a copy of the game.

The listing states that European gamers will pay €279 (about $381) for the bundle, which will go on sale in that region on October 21. The bundle has yet to be confirmed by Microsoft or Rocksteady.

Batman: Arkham City is due out in North America on October 18. A sequel to 2009's Batman: Arkham Asylum, the game again drops the dark knight 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.

On top of the standard $60 iteration of Batman: Arkham City, the game will be available in a $100 collector's edition. In addition, Rocksteady has teamed with numerous retailers to offer various preorder incentives. A PC version of the game is on the way but was recently delayed to November.

For more on the game, check out GameSpot's latest preview of Batman: Arkham City.

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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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PeterDuck
PeterDuck

@blackface your semantic argument is kind of irrelevant because Sony is not the same thing as Capcom or Squaresoft. Sony had a gaming platforms since the 90s - PS to PS3. FF and DMC were on these platforms primarily before the licenses were bought out by MS to be put on xbox. Sony did not develop these franchises because Sony is not a development company, in this case it's a hardware company. So STILL Sony was there first to get the license to put FF and DMC on their console. Later on these games were released on xbox as well - years after Sony was in solely in charge of these exclusives.

blackace
blackace

@PeterDuck FF and DMC fanchises were not started by Sony. FF is a Squaresoft game and DMC was made by Capcom. Not all FF games were exclusive or bundles specifically with the playstation. Sony got permission from Square and Capcom to bundle those 3rd party games, just like Microsoft got permission to bundle MW3. They've bundled Iron Man 2 and Madden 11 with the PS3 as well. [url]http://www.google.com/products/catalog?q=ps3+Iron+Mans+bundle&hl=en&prmd=imvns&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.,cf.osb&biw=1245&bih=822&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=shop&cid=3331561559543431835&sa=X&ei=OzmrTpSqK6nZ0QGxl5nMDw&ved=0CEIQ8wIwAA[/url] It's a fact, they bundle multiplat games as well. Madden and Iron Man 2 were never exclusive to the PS3. Even though FF XIII and DMC IV were initially announced as exclusive, that changed before they were released. Microsoft bundles their exclusive too more then 3rd party, but they still bundle both, which is smart.

PeterDuck
PeterDuck

@blackace I know you didnt say that PS3 did NOT do a MW3 bundle. I said it weeks ago initially in response to one of your first comments. I simply juxtaposed the fact that it was MS that jumped the MW3 bundle, not Sony. That comment of mine was directly linked to my very first comment wherein I stated that MS did more bundles than Sony historically. MS on the other hand used the traditional Sony exclusives in their bundles AND they decided to do a multi-platform game [MW3] bundle, AGAIN. What were the other third-party titles that PS3 did besides Madden? I have already mentioned the fact that the Final fantasy and the devil may cry franchises were started by Sony. So the fact that they did a bundle of their own traditional exclusives is no surprise. I STATED THAT in my previous comment and you ignored it (scroll down a couple of inches). Why am I repeating myself?

blackace
blackace

@PeterDuck said: @blackace PS3 did not do a MW3 bundle, did it? Besides Final Fantasy has traditionally been a PS3 exclusive SAME goes for Devil May Cry 2 and 3. So think again. Microsoft did not start these franchises "Now what were you saying? Research my friend, research. " veiling patronizing - useless and empty ego-maniacal mush. *********************************************************** Never said PS3 did a MW3 bundle. I said they did bundles with 3rd Party games that were on other systems. Like DMCIV, Madden 11 and FF XIIII, which as NOT exclusives. Yes, they do bundle games that are on other systems.

peanut1229
peanut1229

i wish they had that for ps3, i need a new ps3, my xbox is only a year old, my damn ps3 is like 5 or 6

PeterDuck
PeterDuck

@blackace PS3 did not do a MW3 bundle, did it? Besides Final Fantasy has traditionally been a PS3 exclusive SAME goes for Devil May Cry 2 and 3. So think again. Microsoft did not start these franchises "Now what were you saying? Research my friend, research. " veiled patronizing crap - useless, empty and ego-maniacal mush.

blackace
blackace

@PeterDuck said: @blackace The fact remains, Microsoft does bundles for games that are on all systems. You don't see Sony bundles for Arkham City and MW3, do you for instance? ************************************************************* No, but I saw PS3 bundles for Final Fantasy XIII, Devil May Cry IV and Madden 11 bundles. [url]http://www.joystiq.com/2010/08/06/source-best-buy-to-offer-250gb-madden-nfl-11-ps3-bundle/[/url] Now what were you saying? Research my friend, research.

isshiah
isshiah

60 dollars is pretty cheap, really. here in australia, most games are $110. i've already preordered the game...i might take a look at the console if it is sold separately.

PeterDuck
PeterDuck

@blackace The fact remains, Microsoft does bundles for games that are on all systems. You don't see Sony bundles for Arkham City and MW3, do you for instance?

blackace
blackace

@PeterDuck said: @blackace I didn't say Sony didn't do it. I said that Sony doesn't do this bundle crap as often as microsoft. Plus, it's no surprise that Sony would occasionally do an EXCLUSIVE game bundle. Microsoft on the other hand, does game bundles that are exclusive as well as available for both PS3 and PC. ************************************************************** Sony does more exclusive bundles the Microsoft, but they did do a MGS4, DMCIV, Madden and FF XIII bundle as well. Microsoft tries to bundle exclusives and games the are hugely popular on their systems, like MW3, Gears 3, Halo, etc..

kos_maverik
kos_maverik

and at the same time Sony gives PS3 320GB & inFAMOUS 2 & 30-day ps+ for 300$.. what can i say?

steelmouth
steelmouth

i love the 360 with the joker artwork on the swide,that is awesome i would get it if i ever came across it

Massacher
Massacher

i already pre-ordered the collector's edition on xbox 360. would have been nice to have an Arkham City themed xbox 360 but too late now.

Pineapple_Head
Pineapple_Head

Just a black 360? I'm fine with my Dark Knight Xbox 360, thank you very much.

PeterDuck
PeterDuck

@blackace I didn't say Sony didn't do it. I said that Sony doesn't do this bundle crap as often as microsoft. Plus, it's no surprise that Sony would occasionally do a PS3 EXCLUSIVE game bundle. Microsoft on the other hand, does game bundles that are Xbox exclusives as well as available for both PS3 and PC, i.e. Batman, MW3, MW2, and many other games are(were) available on all platforms

blackace
blackace

@PeterDuck I wonder why SONY doesn't do this bundle crap as often as microsoft ************************************************************* Sony does lots of bundles. Infamous 2, God of War III, Final Fantasy XIII, Killzone 3, etc.... I'm surprised M$ is doing a Batman bundle especially with MW3 bundle just around the corner. They might do a Halo CE Anniv & Forza 4 bundle in the future. MW3 and Gears 3 is a given though. Only one I care about right now is Star Wars bundle. Hoping Sony does a bundle with their colored PS3 Slims.

rasterror
rasterror

Where's the Batman designed 360? Usually the consoles are painted with game inspired artwork. Unless you don't have a 360 or are looking to get the newer model and you're looking to get this game, this is worth it.

Vipa37
Vipa37

The bundle that they showed on facebook has as white with batman on 1 side and joker on the other it looked great

Rocker6
Rocker6

Arent these bundle things released a little too often for Xbox?

CFritzRun
CFritzRun

Why would the Gears 3 bundle come with a 320gb harddrive but this one only with a 250gb? Furthermore, the box pictures, which is obviously not technically official, just shows a standard S model 360 console. I agree with Hig1134, what is the point to this bundle? When they release special consoles for each successful upcoming title, it kind of takes away from the "special" part of the edition.

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

So this is just a regular glossy Black Xbox 360 S 250GB HDD. Console with a copy of Batman Arkham City as the pack in game. This console is not painted in a special Batman Arkham City motif, and neither is the controller. Which only 1 is included. So microsoft has stated that they will be discontinuing the Xbox 360 S in Glossy Black finish. What a better way to get rid of remaining glossy black inventory than creating a Xbox 360 S 250GB Batman bundle with the remaining glossy black consoles. Kinda goes with Batman since Batman wears black. Catwoman did the "Glossy Black" routine, awhile back. Smart move by MS to find a way to get rid of the Glossy Black 250GB Xbox 360 S's. Soon all consoles will have the black matte finish. Sigh...

sambucca666
sambucca666

Any particular reason this story is on the PS3 page? D'uh.

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

Eh? Why? Obviously it's going to be a good game.. but it's not exactly Halo or Gears to Microsoft.. Random.. Fair do's like, but random.

Hig1134
Hig1134

What's the point of this bundle? Someone please enlighten me...

franzito
franzito

There is taste for everything

stEElyDaN909
stEElyDaN909

Still haven't bought a 360, so I'm on the lookout for a good bundle. I would've bought this or the Gears 3 bundle, but I wanted to play the originals first. I'd buy a Skyrim or Halo Anniversary bundle, though.

ThePowerOfHAT
ThePowerOfHAT

Needs a controller that looks like a Batarang.

Emilwii
Emilwii

@godzillawskong on Xbox facebook fan page there are pictures of an Arkham City Xbox 360 console, so I think that it would be designed to look like the game, also, that xbox is wicked

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

I think it would be different if the actual console was decorated to portray the game, but it looks like a regular slim xbox, with the game thrown in, nothing special. Hmm...I think I'll wait for the Star Wars Bundle, mainly for that amazing looking R2D2 360 and gold controller! That and the Gears 360 does come in a close second.

PeterDuck
PeterDuck

I wonder why SONY doesn't do this bundle crap as often as microsoft

justinka777
justinka777

this is not a special bundle it is simply the game and the 360 in the same box nothing more. i really cant believe how this site never gets its facts strait before it starts spewing crap

SDBusDriver1979
SDBusDriver1979

Was it too much of a hassle to slap a Batman icon on top of the 360 and have Joker laughs sound clips when you turn it on? Why do a bundle if you don't get a custom 360 case?

blackace
blackace

How come this is only 250GB, instead of the 320GB that it normally would be? I'm thinking about getting a PS3 320GB Infamous 2 bundle for $299. I'm waiting though because I was hoping that a colored (white, blue, red, etc) PS3 bundle comes out before the holidays. If I can get one of those with 320GB, I'll grab it quickly. I've already pre-ordered the 320GB Star Wars XBox 360 bundle.

Spacerac
Spacerac

@Rovelius were you trying to put that "too much stuff, not enough space" commercial in my head? lol. Anyway, this and the forthcoming Uncharted 3 bundle, shows that folks don't really have much of an interest in making special consoles these days. The days of a DK64 and Pokemon N64, Halo Xbox, and Sega Sports Dreamcast are gone.

HaloPimp978
HaloPimp978

It seems like the 360 has a bundle for every game.

Akagen
Akagen

Another bundle? They have to be planning on a new console reveal next year, trying to get just a few more consoles sales in...

Duke_51
Duke_51

@mattg90520 It is. I've played through it about five times now, and a lot of people have played through it even more than that.

OmegaAxI
OmegaAxI

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BloodMist
BloodMist

That Joker trailer is one of the best I've ever seen, for anything, ever.

mattg90520
mattg90520

Just about to do my first playthrough of Arkham Asylum soon, so hopefully its as good as they say it is.

usermikey
usermikey

The game is what I'm looking forward to. :P

WolfGrey
WolfGrey

@meke186 No thats not it.Thats the smell of money coming from microsoft.

pokecharm
pokecharm

I have to be honest, I find this frustrating...do they think we're going to buy a new console if we already have one? I know this isn't geared towards me, but this and the Gears one I would have loved to get!

meke186
meke186

i think microsoft has successfully made a console design literally every game studio wants to integrate, seriously so many colors and bundles

WolfGrey
WolfGrey

...this is how many bundles in one year? Geez your trying everything not to die aren't ya?

Dante200X
Dante200X

The bundles are so dumb. Do people really care for them at all? I sure as hell don't.

0_demo_0
0_demo_0

Eh...cool but I'll stick to getting the Star Wars console.

megakick
megakick

its a reg xbox 360 s with batman not even 320 HDD.