At last year’s SpikeTV Video Game Awards, gaming fans, critics and journalists were wowed by a teaser trailer for a sequel to the popular “Batman: Arkham Asylum” game that itself wowed the industry after its 2009 release.
Beginning at the infamous Arkham Asylum for the Criminally Insane, a psych-hospital/lockup popularized in DC Comics’ “Batman” line of books, the trailer eventually panned out to reveal Batman’s Gotham City homebase all but overrun by the Asylum’s inmates – all of the Dark Knight’s greatest foes.
Today, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (WBIE) and DC Entertainment announced the title of the game, “Batman: Arkham City,” due out for major consoles and PC in Fall 2011.
WBIE and developer Rocksteady Studios won fans and critics alike over with “Arkham Asylum” by faithfully adapting the most popular elements of Batman’s current comic book series, and by leaning on a fan-favorite creative team, including writer Paul Dini (Detective Comics, Batman: Streets of Gotham, Batman: The Animated Series) and voice actors Kevin Conroy (Batman) and Mark Hamill (The Joker).
Dini is confirmed to return as writer on “Arkham City” but little else is known about the game. Game Informer, a popular video game magazine owned by retailer Gamestop, features the game on their September issue cover. The image reveals that Catwoman, a sometimes friend and sometimes foe of Batman, is likely to factor heavily in the new game.