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New Batman: Arkham Title Confirmed For This Year
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Amid rumours that the next Batman game to come from Rocksteady could be a prequel inspired by the 50s sliver age era comic books, it seems that the next game will instead continue the Arkham franchise, following up Arkham Asylum and Arkham City, with another Arkham-based story. What's more, it could be launching this year too.

The confirmation came via a Time Warner earnings call [via Yahoo! Finance], with the company's CFO and Chief Administrative Officer, John K. Martin stating, "And we also have a strong games release this year, which will include the next release in the Batman Arkham franchise. So all in all, we expect Warners to post another very strong year in 2013. And with a little luck, the year should be as good or maybe even a little bit better than 2012."

Sources suggest that developer Rocksteady might not be taking the reins for the next Arkham game, which means that the rumoured silver age prequel could still be in the offing for the studio, while another developer could be in the frame to take over where Rocksteady left off with the Batman: Arkham series.

With last month seeing a whole list of domain names being registered, there's a range of possibilities for the sequel that include Batman: Arkham Universe, Arkham Rises, Arkham Dark Knight or Arkham Begins. We'll have to sit tight and see which one surfaces once the game is revealed, and furthermore find out whether it'll be next-gen or not.

[Via VG247]


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Comment #1 by davidani
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 @ 08:07:00 AM
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Comment #2 by Evo Kazz
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 @ 08:09:54 AM
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Hell Yes!!! On eof my fave series of this generation, have completed them so many timess!

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Comment #3 by KingLouis51
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 @ 08:09:57 AM
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Awesome news. Arkham City was truly fantastic albeit with a very short campaign, and I'm excited to see where they go from there. It'll be a next-gen launch title for sure.

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Comment #4 by Kinky Mong
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 @ 08:11:06 AM
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Bet he was referring to another mobile game rather than a full Arkham game.

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Comment #5 by Symbiote Venom
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 @ 08:11:56 AM
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Great can't wait though I wish it would of continued where it left off from AC. But more from Rocksteady and this series and you have my money count me Excited.

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Comment #6 by BiggD
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 @ 08:13:06 AM
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This is some excellent news!!!

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Comment #7 by Sigmund666
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 @ 08:16:45 AM
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Man. This might be an expensive year after all, with titles as Bioshock and GTA V already coming, and maybe a new Arkham game on the way O.o

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Comment #8 by jbslipknot13
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 @ 08:18:36 AM
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i believe i just freaked the f*** out just from reading the title

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Comment #9 by SmS
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 @ 08:19:00 AM
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Yes! Yes! Yes!

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Comment #10 by ronnie42
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 @ 08:19:06 AM
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Just hope they make the city bigger, well bring back the joker since it doesn't fee like batman without him.

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Comment #11 by EliteXPhoenix
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 @ 08:25:11 AM
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Arkham Universe, full gotham takeover time

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Comment #12 by SeraphTC
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 @ 08:26:44 AM
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@10 - nonsense. I think the series will maintain far more integrity WITHOUT the Joker. Bats has a far greater range of villains to choose from than the clown.

I just hope they've secured Paul Dini to write again, along with the previous voice cast. It won't be the same if they have a complete overhaul and still call it 'Arkham'.

The other real question is whether Rocksteady are going to have any involvement at all in the title.

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Comment #13 by cheevo360
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 @ 08:29:23 AM
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Yes I loved Batman: Arkham series so I really hope 3rd series to have less or small collectibles because ridder collectibles in Arkham series is bored since it is too much and grind. So I hope Rocksteady bring something new and interest that not too much grind and bord stuff like ridder collectibles.

This is only problem that Arkham series had but it just one anyway I loved story, graphics, first game had great linear and 2nd series had fantastic semi-open world. :)

2nd series got main story quite short 6 to 8 hours so 3rd series need more then 11 hours like Arkham Asylum. :)

Look forward to it!!!

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Comment #14 by tincann
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 @ 08:43:24 AM
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Great Games, but Don't release them too close to each other. It will water down the franchise to where just the hardcore fans will be buy it & sales will diminish (See: The Assassin's Creed Games).

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Comment #15 by packers4life12
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 @ 08:45:02 AM
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Holyshit!!! Thus just made my day!! Thank you WBs!!! :)

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Comment #16 by cursednaruto
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 @ 08:45:57 AM
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@13 agree with the more game play but disagree with the riddles think they should just make them harder that will make them less boring and if you can't do them you can always get a guide lol

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Comment #17 by Gunzcomeout
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 @ 08:53:17 AM
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@13 Looking forward to it*

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Comment #18 by quaneylfc
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 @ 08:59:28 AM
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will probably be set in Gotham city, that'd be the only way to top the last one

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Comment #19 by Im Mr Stefan
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 @ 09:00:42 AM
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Arkham City Speedway, its going to be a batman themed kart racer!

Or it might not be..

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Comment #20 by MEMANIAsama
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 @ 09:12:03 AM
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Comment #21 by Jeesp
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 @ 09:22:35 AM
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Comment #22 by D0ctorNick
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 @ 09:26:40 AM
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I'm just hoping they take out those stupid combat missions or whatever they're called, or dump the achievements from them. Either way can't wait for this!

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Comment #23 by Rafie
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 @ 09:26:51 AM
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@13 I didn't mind the collectibles at all. The way to get certain riddler trophies was quite good. In my opinion, the only thing that was really wrong with Arkham City was the DLC. We don't want to play the campaign maps over and over again. More story based DLC would suffice.

Now if Rocksteady says they are working on more big titles. I wonder if this could mean...TMNT? (probably wishful thinking) Hopefully they can make a good Superman game, or a completely different IP altogether. I hope that they continue the Batman franchise. They are the only ones that did Batman right!!

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Comment #24 by WeskersHenchman
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 @ 09:29:35 AM
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It better be made by Rocksteady, or I'm gonna get a bit worried... Asylum and City are as incredible as they are because of the attention and effort Rocksteady Studios poured into them. A developer change could potentially be a very bad thing.

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Comment #25 by A Pip Boy 3000
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 @ 09:35:34 AM
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Holy poo!

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Comment #26 by Acegunman
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 @ 09:46:11 AM
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Thats awesome! Before arkum was a asylum it was a hospital for crazy people

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Comment #27 by Hurricane Of 87
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 @ 09:53:01 AM
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@13: Rocksteady are one of the few devs who do collectibles right. In Arkham City you had to earn the right to have them on your map and then you had to crack the puzzles or beat up bad guys under parameters to earn the trophies themselves. All can be done with the correct amount of skill, no bullshit internet guide consultation necessary.

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Comment #28 by GnarlyDanny
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 @ 10:02:25 AM
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Best news I've heard all week!

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Comment #29 by jackproctor
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 @ 10:14:14 AM
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i liked the other 2 batman games. however i think they should make the main story longer and not include the combat challenges. they were the only things i hated about the games.

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Comment #30 by kaiyo penguin
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 @ 10:20:37 AM
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after the bullshit day i have had in work....seeing this news has definitely brightened my day up. :) @29 the combats in the first and campaigns in the second did my head in....still not finished either of them actually lol.

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Comment #31 by Hiei-
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 @ 10:21:38 AM
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Okay with that news but not at full price for me (like I did for the first twos).

Even with the sidequests, the second one was too short compared to the time I spent to finish the first one.

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Comment #32 by HumanDestroyer
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 @ 10:33:59 AM
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The developer is not taking the reins? Why do publishers switch development studios when the games have been top quality. Dumb motherfuckers.

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Comment #33 by Hiei-
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 @ 10:34:03 AM
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Forgot to say, but of course, if it's not done by Rocksteady, don't count on me WB :)

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Comment #34 by PANIC ATTACK 10
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 @ 10:42:13 AM
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wow no spoiller alerts by posts for ending to AC? anyways this wont be next gen. it'll be this gen. the next gen is at least 2yrs away. provided they announce it at this E3. this is based off of their sales. why stop making the 360. its making plenty of money in sales still. theres no reason for a next gen yet. i look forward to this game. the series has been great so far. i think the name should be the dark knight. that one suits it best.

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Comment #35 by Zoron
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 @ 10:43:23 AM
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I didnt mind the collectibles but I did kinda feel there was too many. I'd prefer they get rid of the easy ones and make more puzzles.

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Comment #36 by BobHarskins
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 @ 10:57:28 AM
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Well if Rocksteady isn't making the next Arkham game then I am skeptical. Only Rocksteady could have made the surperior-in-every-way AC

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Comment #37 by MamooO4
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 @ 11:24:13 AM
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I am pumped for this game but I can't help but be hesitant and worry that this series is trending towards what Assassin's Creed was doing but just pumping out game after game in quick succession without changing much. And as #36 said, if it isn't Rocksteady behind the reigns then tread carefully.

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Comment #38 by Lbrun12415
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 @ 11:29:11 AM
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WB are bitches, if Rocksteady made two great games why the fuck would you change that? Is it because this other company is willing to to it to cheaper? Whats next Kevin Conroy wont be voicing Batman? I really hope Rocksteady is doing this they should be the only ones making a Batman video game.

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Comment #39 by abspur
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 @ 11:45:17 AM
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I fear that if Rocksteady don't develop this then there is a possibilty of the new developer adding MP to the series which wouldn't be welcomed.

Rocksteady made a point of not including it in Arkham City which led to a better single player.

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Comment #40 by STONE DEVIL
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 @ 11:45:49 AM
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All of those names are crap

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Comment #41 by Judge Bergan
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 @ 11:51:21 AM
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Very good news!

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Comment #42 by HorsemanOfWar16
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 @ 12:02:12 PM
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AWESOME! It's a going to be a hard job topping Arkham City but I have no doubt Rocksteady will surpass it ! Glad that the silver aged batman game is being put on hold for the third game in the Arkham trilogy!

Big question is - What main villains will be used?!

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Comment #43 by Mr n mrs raichu
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 @ 12:05:40 PM
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Still haven't beat either game yet, just picked up arkham city for my ps3 looking to beat it soon.

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Comment #44 by mellowknight
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 @ 12:23:38 PM
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To quote Daniel Bryan (before he started the "No!" thing): Yes! Yes! Yes!

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Comment #45 by Jor-El
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 @ 12:34:17 PM
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There's plenty of Bat villains that still haven't been used or that only played a s,all cameo in Arkham City

Black Mask, Firefly, Maxie Zeus, Hush, Red Hood, Prometheus, Killer Moth, Carmine Falcone, Great White Shark, Ventriloquiest Arnold Wesker with Scarface, Royal Flush Gang

Also lets not forget e return of The Scarecrow

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Comment #46 by Chifishken
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 @ 12:34:37 PM
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I know it's thinking quite far ahead but I really hope they create some great story based DLC Harley Quinns revenge was great, wish it was longer though!

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Comment #47 by The Kingslayer
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 @ 12:44:45 PM
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Hmm without Rocksteady this sounds like a quick cash in from WB, I hope I am wrong.

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Comment #48 by ShiftyEyedNinja
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 @ 01:28:07 PM
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So hyped right now :D

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Comment #49 by matt schwindt
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 @ 02:05:33 PM
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no challenges dlc please

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Comment #50 by Sgt Scyther
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 @ 02:06:40 PM
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I actually don't really feel like this game needs to be made. The way City ended was perfect and I'd hate to see the legacy of this series ruined by too many sequels.

At the very least, they better keep Joker dead. Bringing him back to life in some half-assed way would just ruin everything.

I'd like to see Scarecrow as the main villain.

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Comment #51 by IamNotReaI
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 @ 02:09:05 PM
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@26, I'm pretty sure that's the definition of an asylum.

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Comment #52 by mjc0961
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 @ 02:15:41 PM
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I'll just wait six months for the GOTY version like I did for Arkham City. Gotta save that money!

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Comment #53 by SiL3NtKi7L
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 @ 02:21:30 PM
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Yep the city needs to be bigger, more huge buildings, and more playable characters like Robin, Nightwing, ??Batgirl?? I don't know, and probably more villains from the series. Didn't like to play as Catwoman, wasn't comfortable with her.

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Comment #54 by oobawlzmahonyoo
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 @ 02:25:21 PM
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Preorder most definetly. Can't wait to hear the release date.

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Comment #55 by Lord Montymort
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 @ 03:12:43 PM
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Not sure on this, IMO they should have ended it with Arkham City, it won't be the same without Joker/Mark Hamill.

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Comment #56 by Ephidel
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 @ 03:26:18 PM
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Without Rocksteady developing and Paul Dini's writing, I'm already worried for this game.

When I read the title, I was optimistic, but as always, the devil is in the detail.

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Comment #57 by roza
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 @ 04:06:58 PM
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And now I have a new must have for the year, joining South Park, Tomb Raider, (Possibly GTA) and now this.

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Comment #58 by Spanish Assault
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 @ 05:15:20 PM
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one of the few games I enjoy being churned out...I never tire of Batman Arkham style.

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Comment #59 by humveebear
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 @ 07:30:10 PM
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Its hardly churned out, its had one sequel at this point. The riddles are great, they add a lot to the game and get the brain engaged. But yeah, I would be apprehensive if its not a Rocksteady game. This is their baby.

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Comment #60 by Olley64
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 @ 02:27:01 AM
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Cant wait love these game Rocksteady should be nmaking it though

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Comment #61 by spclblend88
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 @ 07:48:08 AM
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@29 I agree they need to dump those stupid combat challenges or at least just the cheevs for them. That was the worse part about the first two for me and honestly if they are included I don't know if I will be picking this game up despite me being a huge batman fan and a fan of the first two games.

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Comment #62 by sniper mantis
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 @ 08:36:46 AM
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"the 50s sliver age era comic books"...what was the "sliver age"???...was there a snake related bad guy who tried to take over Arkham City by using him venom to poison the water supply???...why does nobody ever tell me these things :( lol

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Comment #63 by Cpt Slaughter
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 @ 10:40:55 AM
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I want them to not make the Predator Challenges so hard. I'm good at combat so those weren't too bad, but campaign with Catwoman was hard as fuck.

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Comment #64 by Dangerous Brian
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 @ 08:33:38 PM
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This I can't wait for, but there is no confirmation here, this could take years yet.

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Comment #65 by Dangerous Brian
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 @ 08:35:20 PM
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Ignore that last post, misread the artical, still can't wait though.

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Comment #66 by Gouken20xx
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 @ 09:15:48 PM
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Well, I guess it's not going to be a case of 'He who laughs last, laughs loudest'...

Harley's still kicking, the joke's not over until the Batman leaves.

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Comment #67 by Knaussenheimer
Monday, March 04, 2013 @ 05:34:08 PM
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¡YAAAA! the best series ever isn't over yet.

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