Batman: Arkham City Interview With Dax Ginn

Randolph Ramsay sits down with marketing game manager Dax Ginn to talk about the success of the first game, raising the bar for Arkham City, vehicles, cannons, and much more.

Discussion

82 comments
Smokey2003
Smokey2003

@ascrewva I think the fans are wrong in this case, and a lot of times it's just the wrong thing to do to listen to the fans. They have, just like with asylum, a really clear image of what they want this game to be. It's primarily a fighting game and a detective game. They could throw the batmobile in there, making it also a driving game, but he makes a good point that isn't just marketing...this isn't a driving game. Honestly I'm sure the bat mobile is there, to keep consistent, probably even explain why he isn't using it, but they are giving us a massive environment, enhanced fighting and navigational tactics, open world accessibility, and cat woman as a playable character...it looks to me they are putting their work in pretty diligently...already we've got tons of people complaining that they can't have a driving game ontop of all of that. Some fans will never be happy.

Divine_Stryph
Divine_Stryph

The only type of multiplayer I could see in this game, would be a co-op horde-mode like, side mode, if any at all. Not every game needs multiplayer.

Jlax13
Jlax13

Single player has always been most important to me so no MP is fine. Batmabile, gliding is fine for me. This game is so awsome!!!

endorbr
endorbr

I'm certain this game is going to be pure awesome but no batmobile in a large scale mostly open world environment doesn't really make a lot of sense to me since they continually talk about how true they want to stay to Batman's character. The batmobile is another one of his tools that he always takes with him. So did he just park it at the gates and decide to take on half of Gotham City on foot?

ascrewva
ascrewva

Gotta love the marketing profession! They omitted the batmobile and then found a way to put a positive spin on that disastrous decision! Yes, I'd love to glide across Arkham city. But I'd ALSO like to drive across it...and have the additional armament and protection the batmobile provides. Come on Rocksteady! Listen to your fans outside the office as well!

bliss1085
bliss1085

I would love to see a Batman: No Man's Land game come out because there would be epic plus more options of characters that can be playable like Huntress, Nightwing or even Black Canary

Bazz3442
Bazz3442

Who needs multiplayer. I hate it anyway and you have to admire a developer who sticks to their principals rather than looking for the quick buck.

Contra75
Contra75

Who cares about multiplayer, multiplayer, multiplayer, online, online, online, just make solid single player campaign.

exinitor
exinitor

I don't mind if there aren't multiplayer in arkham city, I like video games for they singelplayer/campagin which makes me think why I play FPS's...

Bobmcfree
Bobmcfree

His next project should be a Superman game. I know he can do it if he's done awesome with the Batman Arkham games.

Nipotat
Nipotat

batman the best hero ever

mvowles1990
mvowles1990

I really like the change they have made to focus on Batmans character, be interesting to see how it plays out. Good interview Randolph

pelvist
pelvist

He spits on himself at 9:57

ssb_subzero
ssb_subzero

Amen Dax! Great interview, I'm especially glad that Rocksteady did not give into the public fad of multiplayer, and remained true in order to preserve the quality of the game. I honestly can't wait for this one, this I truly believe may even rival MGS4 as the best PS3 game thus far.

jameshorsy
jameshorsy

Anyone else worried for the fate of predator missions?

HT89488
HT89488

Look at that fat cat...lol....he knows he is making a superior Batman game. Awesome game...First Batman I played that I played over and over.

heroesfan261
heroesfan261

The crocodile sequence in Arkham Asylum was possible the most tense moment I've ever experienced in a game. That and the scarecrow sequences were ingeniously done. I hope they bring back scarecrow.

BoogieL0ve
BoogieL0ve

I watched a friend play the first one, and I thought it was entertaining.... I was hoping the next one would have co-op, especially when I saw Catwoman was introduced, but as far as I know, that's been twice laid to rest. So, hopefully, by the next one, friends will be fighting Gothams crime together. Until then, all we have as gamers to do so is Lego Batman... gee wiz!

peterwantspie
peterwantspie

Fascinating interview...I'm especially intrigued by this idea of the different factions battling over territory in the city. This is looking to be something really special.

punksterdaddy
punksterdaddy

L.A.Noire, Skyrim and Batman: Arkham City? This is really beginning to turn out to be a great year for gamers, after all! I wasn't holding out much hope for 2011 because of the poor start (IMO) to the year with hardly anything decent to play, well apart from "Dead Space 2," That is, really turning out not to be the case though... Not to mention the other great titles, I haven't named. Great Stuff... just bring it, Bring It, BRING IT??? I am so glad that they have made the decision early on, not to include multiplayer... Not that I am totally against it, it just means all their focus goes into making a cracking single player game with a superb storyline!? "Holey Batf#*ks, Batman there is no Robin?" YEEE-HAAA!

bigjoe8181
bigjoe8181

hell yeah i can't wait for this game to come out :D

cellshadingdumb
cellshadingdumb

Dax's statement at the end of the video about MP is why I think Rocksteady is one of the best studio's out there. The fact that he basically came out and said if you don't do something right why even bother is some advice some studios should take heed off. *cough* EA *cough* bioware *cough* Don't ad pointless crap to a game just because it's "popular" ad stuff because it adds to the quality of the game. Can't wait for this game. I pre-ordered it the day it was announced.

bleedgreen2-1-5
bleedgreen2-1-5

No batmobile? Thats dissapointing, but I get where theyre coming from, I cant wait to get this. I just hope it has more replay value than Arkham Asylum.

rogerseagle
rogerseagle

Okay so what do we here.. an open world with butt kicking action.. unlimited gliding.. top quality voice acting.. non-stop story-telling.. etc.. I'm DEFINITELY gonna get this!!! I think this might be a direct competitor to Elder Scroll: Skyrim

Trident001
Trident001

Without great risk, there is no great reward

MTNDewVoltage
MTNDewVoltage

Modern Warfare is as unto a prefab home as Arkham City is as unto a Frank Lloyd Wright.

MTNDewVoltage
MTNDewVoltage

Either Dax is the best BSer in the world or he knows he has solid gold on his hands.

dioguloku
dioguloku

HAhaa somebody else noticed how he spits in his own shirt at 09:57 while laughing hard? asehiuoaeshesa

dioguloku
dioguloku

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dioguloku

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om3g4_prim3
om3g4_prim3

MuCH Flucking Love. "rocksteady games is about making absolute top quality games". Please spread this mentality period to other developers, and the rapists that destroy franchises, superheroes, and other IP's, with their crap cash ins that have nothing to do with genuine awesome realization of a product, character, or story. Good to know there are developers with people that are not threetarded.

goofball1549
goofball1549

I can't wait for this game. Dax really sold the experience well in this interview.

RonTorque
RonTorque

I like Dax, he seems so confident and excited about the game at the same time. The game is gonna be on the top of the mountain when it hits shelves.

Ranma_X_basic
Ranma_X_basic

Risky or not it doesn't matter to me. Arkham Asylum is the standard by all other games based on comic licenses can and will be judged. The game was just perfect in every way. I just hope the game will include challenge maps like Arkham Asylum had. those were pretty fun and a good addition to the game. also i can hardly wait to see or hear alfred and oracle during the main game. Wonder if Robin will make appearances as well?! either way this is a Day 1 purchase for me because i still play the first game even having unlocked nearly all the acheivements. Rocksteadis now on my list of favorite developers. Keep up the outstanding work and i look forward to playing any future games you work on. (hopefully including more batman games)

crazeegamer20
crazeegamer20

I didn't stay in detective mode, I thought it was very boring and not as cool to fight in it. So I would use it for whatever then switch it off..

chappy_man
chappy_man

good stuff, i can't wait to pick this up

maddog123
maddog123

inject this game directly into my veins. I require my batman fix.

RocSeanD
RocSeanD

3 words ... CAN NOT WAIT!!!

Poodlejumper
Poodlejumper

Gotta give credit to WB Interactive Entertainment. They're doing their franchise justice by making sure that quality on the sequels outdo the predecessors...as opposed to a certain other publisher who buys great studios and runs them into the ground. (Cough cough...EA...cough cough...) Keeping it on all three big platforms is a plus too. Nobody gets left out of the fun!

startman_1999
startman_1999

Great interview and great developers! Like the attitude with not caring about multiplayer.. Some MP games can be fun, but can't compare to a well executed story driven experience. And this game is meant for SP.

kaliban
kaliban

Hah can you imagine multi-player co-op w/ Batman and Robin? Or Nightwing, Batgirl, etc. or an of those combos? Especially in this game setting and aesthetic it'd be incredible. Hell not to mention Vs. multiplayer.

Krypteia_mTc
Krypteia_mTc

Justine Covert should have done the interview, because they both look the same.

grumpymetalhead
grumpymetalhead

I hope they kept all the hidden riddle stuff; all those little things

ivanmallia
ivanmallia

And how can you make a multiplayer from Batman? !0 batmen battling it??? Keep it like that please...

kaliban
kaliban

I'll be honest, most of the time I forgot I was playing in detective mode. And when I noticed and switched back it felt like i was fighting blind.