Don't Expect A Rocksteady Superman Game At The Game Awards (Or In General)

You might have time to digitally remove a mustache or two before we get a new Superman game.

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Rumors have circulated for some time now that Rocksteady Games, the developer of the core Batman Arkham series, was at work on a new Superman game. With The Game Awards coming up tonight and promising 10 new game announcements, there had been some speculation that such a project could be announced during the show. In fact, Rocksteady won't announce a new game at the show, nor is its in-development project a Superman game, according to the studio.

Rocksteady game director Sefton Hill tempered expectations on Twitter recently, stating, "Looking forward to #TheGameAwards this year! We're still hard at work in our development bunker so don't expect an announcement from @Rocksteadygames. When it's ready to show, you'll be the first to know. Spoiler: it's not Superman."

That doesn't necessarily rule out Superman being present in the studio's next game--some have their fingers crossed for a wide-ranging Justice League game--but it seems clear that it won't be a dedicated Superman game. He could of course be trying to throw fans off the scent, but that doesn't appear to be the case. You can watch The Game Awards live here on GameSpot tonight.

Rocksteady job listings from earlier this year revealed the studio is working on what it's deemed a triple-A game, as you'd expect. But what was more notable was the mention of it coming to "next generation platforms," which would suggest it's potentially years away from release.

While Rocksteady is known for its partnership with DC, rival Marvel has a new Avengers game coming from Crystal Dynamics and Eidos Montreal. Avengers 4 directors Joe and Anthony Russo were recently confirmed to be coming to The Game Awards, and while they're officially only there in the capacity of presenters, it still has fans hoping for some kind of news regarding the as-yet untitled Avengers project or the impending Avengers 4 trailer.

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m7stech

I dont believe them, I need confirmation from Walmart Canada, they know everything...

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BarcaAzul

I am really curious to what they are working on. Loved AA, but the following games were good, but not as good in my opinion. AC had its moments, but ended really abruptly. The last one was technicaly good, but I lost interest by the end and felt a grind

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Dragerdeifrit

i'd like an Spawn game made by them.

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Tony56723

Does it really matter what devs or publishers tell the press anymore? How many times have they denied the existence of something vehemently to the press only to turn around a week later just to go “AHA we are putting out this item, bet you’re surprised!”

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dzimm

I don't know how it's possible to make an interesting Superman game without giving him some stupid weakness, like every baddie he encounters being decked out in kryptonite, at which point you may as well just be playing as a regular non-super powered superhero.

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phoenix1289

@dzimm: I think the best option would be to develop a mix. For a lot of the game with general crime and enemies it becomes more about success where you can't be beaten and are overpowered so it is more about protecting and saving people to win. Kind of more goal oriented rather than survival oriented. Then you balance that with certain points in the game where you are up against bigger villians actually capable of hurting him at which point health management becomes a thing.

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Vodoo

Cryatal Dynamics is doing Avengers?!! There goes that wasted opportunity. A game like that should be done by a much more capable studio. While I definitely think it should be a 3rd party game, I feel only Sony studios have what it takes to make a game like that.

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RedWave247

Superman is my all-time favourite superhero. I'm greatly disappointed the character has yet to get one good game. Batman got several. Spidey got some really good ones, including the latest which is arguably the best ever (yes, I've played Spider-Man 2).

But Superman deserves that same love and attention to his own solo game like Batman and Spider-Man.

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soltar

@RedWave247: I am so disappointed that they are not working on Superman. They were my best hope for a good Superman game in my lifetime.

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WHURule

They were rumoured to be making a TMNT game around the time they announced Arkham Knight

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naryanrobinson

It's hard to make a good Superman game for the same reasons I think Superman is not a good superhero.

A ridiculously overpowered alien has to have a ridiculously overpowered alien antagonist,

and nothing will be grounded or relatable, without room for grit or realism.

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crashchaos

@naryanrobinson: I hate it when people say they think that Superman isn't a good superhero. Imo, he's THE superhero. Why? Cause he believes in humanity more than we believe in ourselves, and he's the person we should all strive to be like.

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Litchie

@crashchaos: To me he's just boring. Super strong, super fast, basically invincible AND shoots laser out of his eyes. And has x-ray vision. All of these put together makes for a ridiculous and overpowered package. Superman is a lazy superhero to me. Overpowered = boring.

Batman is king.

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SpaceMedafighterX

@Litchie: Have you watched the anime, "One Punch Man"? It's about an overpowered protagonist. More than Superman, One Punch Man doesn't even have a weakness. Yet the anime is anything but boring. I'd argue it's not about the nature of the superhero, but the story being told.

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Litchie

@spacemedafighterx: I have seen it and enjoyed it. It works since they make fun of it all the time. And the way he got the powers is completely ridiculous, in a funny way. One Punch Man is often really bored himself, so the series is basically having fun with overpowered = boring.

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naryanrobinson

@crashchaos:

@ninjanemesis:

“He's THE superhero... cause he believes in humanity more than we believe in ourselves... and he's the person we should all strive to be like.”

But that's the thing. He's not one of us.

He believes in humanity, but he didn't grow up here the way we did, he was pretty isolated from society growing up, and despite being an orphan, he never knew his parents, and he had loving guardians who he thought were his parents. He believes in humanity, but humanity is something he doesn't understand the way we understand. There's always some doubt about whether his actions are fully informed. About whether he really gets it.

He's a super man in name only. He's not a man, and he's not super. Among his kind, he's utterly normal. He's a blue whale in a fish bowl. He just moved to a smaller playing field, and is cleaning up. Our entire world is just a consequential backdrop. I feel like it really could have been any planet. His only relatable problem is that he struggles to fit in, and even then, it's only because he's too powerful, which is impossible to relate to, and impossible to solve.

Not only is he so powerful it's almost beyond imagination, but he's always been that way.

People don't imagine what they would do if they were in his situation, because they could never ever be in his situation, by mere virtue of the fact they're human. He's missing one of the key pillars of being “inspiring”. Believing in Batman is like believing in humanity. Believing in Superman is like believing in God.

There's reason he's far from the most popular superhero, despite being arguably the most iconic.

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Vodoo

@naryanrobinson: In a game sense they could do a Superman game where he's young and figuring out his powers. So you don't start with an overpowered character, but work up to it.

The only thing would be that every enemy would need a krypton weapon because that's the only thing that can hurt him.

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PrpleTrtleBuBum

@naryanrobinson: path of neo and smallville are the way to go. start as clark kent who cant fly, cant run fast, his punches arent harder than normal mans... so you explore metropolis very slow and help out individual people, and the upgrades you can choose when levelling give you like 5% boosts to individual skills. but at the end you can fly around the city in seconds and stuff. at the end its prractically god mode and you play until bored. while facing groups of supervillains

that could be 10/10 but would require a lot of attention to details. rocksteady however could be capable of such a thing. though the first obstacle is that the game world must be about 10 times the size of arkham knight (including all the water). the second is that with such slow progression the game must be 30 hours long on average pace. but next gen could do that

but i understand why rocksteady picked something easier. green arrow or wonder woman or even the tmnt idea. aquaman could also be interesitng, open world underwater. justice league game i fear would be too all over the place. i loved ultimate alliances but i dont see rocksteady can use their best assets doing a game like that. no way batman can be as fun as he was in arkham

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naryanrobinson

@PrpleTrtleBuBum:

Actually you've changed my mind.

If you could wrap it up like that, like Smallville or something,

with both story and xp-based skill unlocks,

with a really good plot, perhaps spanning many years, something like Assassin's Creed II,

interspersed with brief (what some may call “boring”) Clark Kent segments, I think it could be good.

But still, it's a really big ask. It would require a huge financial investment with very high risk.

Superman is far from the most popular superhero, and it would be very hard to pull off.

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PrpleTrtleBuBum

@naryanrobinson: Yep. Whenever I think of Superman game, I think of Matrix Path of Neo. Playing as apex Neo would be very boring as he literally has one weakness, just like Superman has Doomsday who equals and even overpowers him.

But you start as Neo who doesn't know any combat, he jumps like a regular office worker and so on. Only during the last couple of missions he can throw waves of people around like they're nothing. In Superman game the finale would be something like taking on a Legion of Doom.

Only thing is that Rocksteady or whoever needs to take some creative freedom because even the Smallville Kent is a bit too strong. But if the end result is a 10/10 game only the biggest nerds will get angry over Clark not being a god at his teens and early adulthood.

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NTM23

A good Superman game would be cool I guess, but I don't really want them to make that. It'd be cool if it was a Judge Dredd game, but that's Rebellion.

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SpaceMedafighterX

@NTM23: Nvr thought of a Judge Dredd game. Now that you mentioned it, Cyberpunk 2077 shud've been a Judge Dredd game. I guess what I'm saying is that someone ought to make a Judge Dredd game in the vein of Cyberpunk 2077.

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flipmode_1

I would love it to be TMNT. I'm hoping WB, after Injustice 2, just has the full license now. I have no idea though. For so long I remember people wanting Rocksteady to do a TMNT game. We thought we struck gold when Platinum games got the license, but they botched it hardcore. If WB doesn't have the license to make a full TMNT game, I would love for Team Ninja to make one.

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budah78

whats the avengers game? news to me

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sephirothsWing

@budah78: it was announced by Square Enix a few years back with just a tiny teaser. https://youtu.be/rq_V6WHSmQs

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sephirothsWing

@crimsonllama: and there were a bunch of easter eggs leading to the conclusion too so it is a little disheartening to hear, but lets hope it is just a ploy lol

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gamingdevil800

This could suggest that they are in fact the ones working on that Harry Potter game.

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warmblur

@gamingdevil800 Good catch if that's true I have zero interest.

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Byshop

That's just what a company that's secretly working on a new Superman game would say!!!!

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mbrogz3000

We need a game based Superman 3 - the most underrated out of all of them.

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So no Superman 64 sequel(Superman 65) for us.Too bad, Rocksteady could have perfected the rings .

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timthegem

@dorog1995: They could put rings from Krypton to Earth, where the player has to navigate baby Kal's spaceship through 27.1 light years of space. And that's just the tutorial.