New Batman Arkham game confirmed for 2013

Warner Bros. says its "strong games release" for 2013 includes next entry in Arkham series; source say Rocksteady not developing.

Warner Bros. has confirmed that a third entry in the Batman Arkham series will launch in 2013. As part of parent company Time Warner's latest earnings report last week, CFO John Martin said the company's "strong" games release for the year includes a new entry in the series.

"And we also have a strong games release this year, which will include the next release in the Batman Arkham franchise," Martin said. "So all in all, we expect Warners to post another very strong year in 2013. And with a little luck, the year should be as good or maybe even a little bit better than 2012."

Separately, VG247 sources claim this new project is not in development at series creator Rocksteady Studios. That development house is rumored to be working on a stylized prequel that will detail the Dark Knight's first encounter with the Joker. It is not expected until 2014 at the earliest.

Warner Bros. last month registered 15 new Batman domain names, including Arkham Universe, Arkham Legend, Arkham Origins, Arkham Rises, and others.

Batman: Arkham City is the latest entry in the series. It was developed by Rocksteady Studios and shipped for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on October 18, with a PC version following on November 22. The game received a strong critical reception and shipped 6 million units.

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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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HarleyGirl20
HarleyGirl20

I think they should bring the joker and talia al ghul back to life by another one of ra's al ghul pits

HarleyGirl20
HarleyGirl20

Is the dee dee twins,red hood, nightwing, catwoman, man bat,scarecrow,killer cro,poison ivy, robin, joker`s kids,joker,mr.freezes,nora,zsasz,and other people going to be in there???? 

AdamW534
AdamW534

Hopefully from what Rocksteady have taught in 2009 and 2011, this year should hopefully not be a disappointment. I am a little disappointed that Rocksteady aren't developing a sequel but I am pleased that they are developing a Prequel. There is a lot of Batman coming this year and next year. I was blown away by Arkham Asylum and Arkham City and hopefully Warner Bros will continue to do the same with all other games in the franchise. Mark Hamill must return!

Warmuro
Warmuro

Hope they don't ruin Arkham series

stev69
stev69

Arkham City was a master piece looking forward ti the next offering.

Uri-Z
Uri-Z

I say Arkham Empire...
You Have A:A, A:C, so now A:E ?

would make sense in a way...

TheJoker1986
TheJoker1986

So how many new Batman Games Is there going to be 1 or 2?

PaulJanson
PaulJanson

I'm confused, so is there gonna be 2 batman games? 

PlasticToy
PlasticToy

Continuation for Hush's story please. He just escaped, and nothing happened. 

Enforcer246
Enforcer246

Looking forward to Rocksteady's prequel game though.

Enforcer246
Enforcer246

No rocksteady? I can see it now. Dubstep during fights and a "edgier" looking batman.

MudPie210
MudPie210

Whew... was worried there wasn't going to be another arkham sequel for a long time.  I wanna know what happens next!

robbiejones
robbiejones

hmmm no rocksteady??? be interesting how itll turn out. I jus hope this time around ull be able to play in wayne manor then proceed to the batcave :) 

hehe101
hehe101

Best news I've heard this year, considering the fail aliens was, something to look forward to.

foxrock66
foxrock66

No Rocksteady... Yeaahhh I'll pass I think

Skybar
Skybar

Always loved the fighting mechanics of the Batman Arkham games

shansss123
shansss123

but why rocksteady was doing some awesome work

joeboosauce
joeboosauce

Yeah, I heard that. I'm hoping they can entice him some way with $$$ or an excellent story he feels he has to say yes too. Hey, one can always hope! At least keep Conroy. I think he has THE Batman voice. 

TheGreyArea
TheGreyArea

I'm actually surprised how much I'm looking forward to this. I underrated both of the last games, and did not expect just how much simple fun they ended up being. good. I'll have some of that ThankYouVeryMuch

FLEEBS
FLEEBS

If Rocksteady isn't developing this game, it's doomed. 

Merseyak
Merseyak

What we need now is to be able to drive the car fly the jet.

Martyr77
Martyr77

I am glad we are getting another Arkham game. Hopefully it is LONGER than Arkham City. Also a focus on Hush or maybe the Red Hood would be great.

nick-nikol
nick-nikol

I didn't like the last batman because the private eye mode or what it was called then ,was complicated and turned me off very soon.any way if they can do some improvements it would be welcomed, but I want drop my jaw for it.

Prats1993
Prats1993

lol, i think we can all agree that we're more interested in Rocksteadys 2014 Batman project. One does not simply, let another developer do a seperate Batman game.

Sarijon
Sarijon

I'm not a great Batman fan but due to great reviews and a games shortage (that i like) I decided to give 'City' a whirl and boy was I glad I did - totally brilliant games with an excellent fighting macanic. As for another this year, well never mind who will be making it, if its not even in production then there is seriously no hope as to a 2013 release!!!

RedDeadRobbie
RedDeadRobbie

I would say that it would be good if Rockstar took it over.

However, they would probably delay it until the PS4 and Xbox 720.

corteztheg
corteztheg

i think Rocksteady next game etrance in the series is gonna be both a prequel and sequel, i believe they must be a reason they decided to originally hint arkham world and Azrael's character hinting at a possible apocalypse perhaps the story might drift between two worlds past and present with  Rae Al Ghul character being the puppet master of an endgame scenario and possibly resurrecting the joker with a Lazarus pit to mess with the bat ( or not since Mark Hamill ain't doing it anymore).

bostadskontrakt
bostadskontrakt

Both Asylulm and City are amazing games but I don't believe in this. Because

- Even if Rocksteady would make it, it's hard to see how they top Arkham City, and Rocksteady is not even making it which significantly increases doubt.

-I played through both the games twice and spent lots of time in extra modes. Even if the coming game is great, the biggest urge to play Batman is satisfied by now.

They really should leave Batman standing in the glory and not water it down like is done with every other game that sold well. But we now that's not going to happen. And that saddens me.

SloganYams
SloganYams

Scarecrow is my favorite Batman villain. I always feel he's underrated and doesn't get the credit he deserves. Then finally Arkham City leaves hint after hint that he could quite possibly be the villain in the follow-up.


Then they decide to do a prequel focusing on the Joker....Again....

spikepigeo
spikepigeo

I can't imagine it being jaw-droppingly epic without Rocksteady at the helm. Please prove me wrong.

bloody-hell
bloody-hell

Whatever they do, if they don't get rid of that worthless Games for Windows Live DRM nonsense which adds absolutely nothing to the game and only corrupts your savegames, then this will be the third in the series which I won't buy.

The games themself seem to be pretty good, but as long as G4WL is required they'll stay off my list of games to buy.

PcGamer4Ever1
PcGamer4Ever1

Great news . Arkham city was hands down one of the best games ever made . Controls were so fluid , natural and amazing on mouse and keyboard that if felt I was playing the game with controller and it didn't break immersion at any point . Not to mention PC only graphics options and number of tweaks . Game itself was real epic one . More from Rocksteady is good thing .

stev69
stev69

@HarleyGirl20 Its debatable, however even if he did, the mechanism to bring him back from the dead is already in place.

Dirty_Window
Dirty_Window

@Warmuro I won't hold my breath..... They'll have some suits saying "MAKE  IT MORE LIKE TEH COD".

Dirty_Window
Dirty_Window

@TheJoker1986You can read, right? It clearly says that 1 will be out this year (an Arkham sequel not in development at RockSteady and another out in 2014 being a prequel in development at RockSteady. Easy enough.

Dirty_Window
Dirty_Window

@PaulJanson You can read, right? It clearly says that 1 will be out this year (an Arkham sequel not in development at RockSteady and another out in 2014 being a prequel in development at RockSteady. Easy enough.

supa_stud
supa_stud

@PlasticToy i think that was the whole point though wasnt it, im sure we will see azreal aswell. even scarecrow 

robbiejones
robbiejones

@nick-nikol how was it to complicated to use? the only problem with it was it was to tempting to always play with it switched on. Ruined the gr8 artstyle of the game.

corteztheg
corteztheg

@bostadskontrakt i know what you mean, please warner don't mess this up by giving it to another developer like you did with fear 3. don't dilute this franchise please, its already bad that you made a arkham spinoff on the ipad. please dont mindlessly milk the franchise like ubi with assassins creed.

RedDeadRobbie
RedDeadRobbie

@SloganYams There was also a very very very very small hint at Killer Moth, which I think would be hilarious as the main villain.

PcGamer4Ever1
PcGamer4Ever1

It's not from Rocksteady . Let's see how it turns out but at least Rocksteady have provided  a strong base .