See The Dark Knight Batman Game That Never Saw the Light of Day
According to the video, EA shut down the developer on Christmas.
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The Dark Knight never received a video game tie-in like its predecessor, Batman Begins. However, that doesn't mean there wasn't a game in development, and thanks to Unseen64, you can check out some early footage of the cancelled game below (via Eurogamer).
The now-shuttered Pandemic Studios, known for the original Star Wars: Battlefront and Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction, was reportedly in charge of developing a tie-in for Christopher Nolan's second Batman film. Unfortunately, the development was rife with problems.
The video claims that sticking to a schedule proved difficult for the developer, as it missed its intended release alongside The Dark Knight hitting theatres. The acquisition by Electronic Arts apparently made things even more complicated. The company set a new release date for the movie tie-in for December 2008 when the film would be coming to home video.
It was clear that the studio wouldn't hit that release date either. According to the video, The Dark Knight tie-in was cancelled in October, while Pandemic's Brisbane, Australia office, the main studio on the game, was allegedly shut down by EA on Christmas. Apparently, the cancellation of the game left EA with a $100 million bill.
Pandemic's last game was The Saboteur, which had players fighting against Nazis to liberate Paris. Development of console Batman games was handed over to Rocksteady Studios and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, which produced Batman: Arkham Asylum.
You can check out footage and learn more about The Dark Knight game that never was in the video above.
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