Batman for PS3 gets playable Joker

As awesome as the caped crusader can be, the real star of the show is usually his clown prince of prime nemesis, the Joker. So while Batman: Arkham Asylum is set for release on the Xbox 360, PC, and PlayStation 3, a new exclusive Eidos announced today for Sony's system could impact a number of...

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As awesome as the caped crusader can be, the real star of the show is usually his clown prince of prime nemesis, the Joker. So while Batman: Arkham Asylum is set for release on the Xbox 360, PC, and PlayStation 3, a new exclusive Eidos announced today for Sony's system could impact a number of players' platform choices.

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When Arkham Asylum hits shelves in June, PS3 users will be able to download an exclusive playable Joker from the PlayStation Network. While the single-player story mode remains a Batman-only affair, the purple-suited maniac will be available for use in challenge maps from the game.

Cowritten by Paul Dini, producer of TV's Batman: The Animated Series, the game begins when the Joker breaks out of jail and escapes to Arkham. There, he orchestrates a plan to kill Batman and wreak havoc on Gotham City with the help of unnamed accomplices. Batman: Arkham Asylum is being developed by Rocksteady Studios, the outfit behind Urban Chaos: Riot Response for the PlayStation 2 and original Xbox.

For more on the game, check out GameSpot's recent interview with Dini.

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