Video of abandoned Batman game surfaces

Day 1 Studios' Gotham by Gaslight would have pit the world's greatest detective against Jack the Ripper; THQ reportedly passed on pitch.

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Gamers could have had a chance to see the world's greatest detective go head-to-head with history's most notorious serial killer. While Day 1 Studios' adaptation of the Batman vs. Jack the Ripper comic Gotham by Gaslight never saw the light of day, an early video of the project on Siliconera gives a glimpse of the game that could have been.

Gotham by Gaslight would have adapted Mike Mignola's Victorian era take on Batman. (Image credit: Siliconera)

Clocking in at just over 2 minutes, the animation prototype clip shows Batman traipsing around a Victorian-era Gotham shrouded in mist. The video appears to place specific emphasis on the motion of Batman's trenchcoat/cape and the way shadows play off of the environment. The city streets are mostly desolate, save for a handful of placeholder models, including a gun-toting civilian and a second copy of the caped crusader.

Originally published in 1989, Gotham by Gaslight is an alternate reality tale that wonders what would have happened if Jack the Ripper had followed up his London killing spree with a series of murders in a Gotham City under the protection of the dark knight. It was written by Bryan Augustyn and drawn by Mike Mignola, best known as the creator of Hellboy. According to Siliconera, the game adaptation was developed as a pitch for THQ in 2009 and 2010, but it was never picked up.

Discussion

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VenkmanPHD
VenkmanPHD

@bakagami Oh I am aware it was a graphic novel, but when was the last time you perused that section at B&N or a comic shop? I'm hard pressed not to call 40% of those "piss-poor fan-fiction" Not that I hate graphic novels, most of them are awesome. ...but not crap like this.

motang
motang

Not liking that costume, good thing it didn't come out. Arkham series is much better.

AkhilAnilkumar
AkhilAnilkumar

This could have been an interesting game....i guess they would have made Jack the ripper to be something of the sort like the joker....

DrKill09
DrKill09

Fine, I guess you guys LIKED the censored console versions of FEAR. :roll:

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

The cape physics were pretty amazing

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

The idea sounds "kinda" neat. But a tough sell the industry wouldn't accept. The design of batman is interesting

GeneralTrouble
GeneralTrouble

Obviously Batman has been enjoying the rather rich diet that was usual in Victorian times judging by the extra pounds he's carrying. :-)

hunter8man
hunter8man

I was mesmerized by the cape. What genius at THQ thought to cancel this?

Wavory
Wavory

the cape is amazing!

Neo_Sarevok
Neo_Sarevok

Sherlock Holmes vs. Jack the Ripper - The Sequel!

soulless4now
soulless4now

Interesting concept, but man that cape has a mind of its own.

commando1992
commando1992

Interesting concept, but this seems a little too different/unknown for a successful game. Not being a comic book reader, I've never even heard of a Victorian style Batman.

DrKill09
DrKill09

Day 1 Studios make awful games and ports. Glad this was canceled.

bakagami
bakagami

It would have either been great or complete s hit depending on how it was handled. considering how most most Batman games turn out (not the Arkhams) it would have likely been crap. still would have liked to have played it tho. @VenkmanPHD this was based on a graphic novel of the same name

VenkmanPHD
VenkmanPHD

@MasterTheHero That is because in this sense, (Mixing the Jack and Bruce) Is flat-out retarded. no wonder they passed this up.

VenkmanPHD
VenkmanPHD

I find this absolutely interesting, you always hear about games that would have been really cool that got cancelled or never made it. I think this is the first time I've heard of one I so truly am glad never saw the light of day. Batman Vs. Jack the ripper? ... Sounds like a piss-poor fan-fiction.

12inchnails
12inchnails

thats a shame! would've been awesome

Taix34
Taix34

i kinda wished they didn't cancel it,that cape is pretty good physics right there .that would be an idea if rocksteady worked on it and made it into a easter egg for the next batman arkham game or some sort of DLC

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

@Vlad an impaler Only when someone's talking crap. Thanks for asking. Also, have to say I like how you initially admitted you weren't grown up.

Vlad_an_impaler
Vlad_an_impaler

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Vlad_an_impaler

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PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

@Vlad an impaler It sounds like you're complaining about the fact Jack The Ripper and the traditional Batman story occur over half a century apart, making a face-off between the two unlikely. This is a 'what if' story, as in what if Batman existed in Victorian times. I don't know whether you don't understand the idea behind the material or you're simply too narrow minded to accept such a notion, but either way it's a thumbs down for you (and I expect soon to be a thumbs down for me). Since you took such offence to disagreeing with you, I'm going to assume you're the one who gave yourself a thumbs up. How grown up of you.

SnakeEyesX80
SnakeEyesX80

@Vlad_an_impaler It says right in the news article: "Originally published in 1989, Gotham by Gaslight is an alternate reality tale that wonders what would have happened if Jack the Ripper had followed up his London killing spree with a series of murders in a Gotham City under the protection of the dark knight." It's a what-if story.

barren167
barren167

Wasn't there a comic book series about this once? Ah, whatever, that likely has nothing to do with this.

Vlad_an_impaler
Vlad_an_impaler

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Apastron
Apastron

Victorian England = Untapped goldmine for gaming inspiration

Apastron
Apastron

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parrot_of_adun
parrot_of_adun

Sounds like a decent idea, but that animation prototype was , especially the super bouncy rubber cape.

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

Wow, those cape physics are pretty awesome. Most games can't pull off that level of fluidity with their water. Only complaint would be it makes the cape look very weighted. Perhaps too weighted. Shame, I reckon this would've been a great game but doubt it would have beaten the Arkham games so I'm not surprised it was canned. Seems odd taking a Batman game to THQ.

AvnKnight
AvnKnight

Thats too bad this would of been a sweet game.

CMakaCreative
CMakaCreative

Cape physics are definitely good. Maybe they can use it for a decent Spawn game.....anyone....no.....?

SnakeEyesX80
SnakeEyesX80

@dylan417 a GREAT Batman game MIGHT have gotten them out of the deep water they're in. THQ has been slipping for a long time, I don't think one game is going to turn it around. That said, seems like it would have been a cool and unique take on the typical Batman game. Too bad it was canned.

mtait01
mtait01

Just think... if they didn't abandon it we would have never got AA or AC :o

WafflePrime
WafflePrime

that should be a DLC outfit for Arkham City

vadicta
vadicta

Looks crazy, and I do love me some Mike Mignola, but you could imagine THQ's trepidation with a steampunk Bat Man game. It would have to have been something brilliant to compete on the same level with the Asylum and City. I think a $15 downloadable title, though, would have made this game into something viable.

Vickman178
Vickman178

I could watch his cape move all day long....dam thats some good physics.

dylan417
dylan417

Lol at THQ, a Batman game could have got them out of the deep water they're currently in.

Cwagmire21
Cwagmire21

@Chefjase Yeah, I thought it looked pretty good outside of that huge leap. I think Day 1 Studios confused Batman with Superman! :P

SickHammer
SickHammer

the cape physics are very good and the concept 2 but the arkham series will always be in the lead, too bad it didn't came out

punkdsk8erdude
punkdsk8erdude

hmm, probably a smart idea to not have a competing batman game with the Arkham City/Asylum series...those games were far to good and would've left competition in the dust. The creators of this Gaslight batman should pitch this again to the publishers of Arkham....they could use much of the same mechanics, physics, abilities, etc, but in a very different setting/time/enemies/overall aesthetic. That would sell like hotcakes!

jakkblades
jakkblades

Ubisoft wouldn't let them steal the setting for the next Assassin's Creed.