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Next Batman Arkham Game to Be a Prequel

By - Source: Variety | B 21 comments

It looks like the next Arkham game won't be a sequel, but a prequel.

Back at the VGAs last December, Rocksteady stirred the rumor pot for the next Batman Arkham game when Joker, during his acceptance speech, was seen tossing aside a script labeled "Arkham World." Publisher Warner Bros. was quick to dismiss the rumor as a joke.

It's time to revisit the rumor. Rocksteady is indeed not developing a sequel, in which the natural progression would be from asylum to city to world. All jokes aside, Variety is reporting that Warner Bros. has an Arkham prequel planned, set in the Silver Age of comics in the 1950's. The game is to be set right around the time that Batman first meets Joker.

The Arkham prequel is also said to include other DC superheroes from the Justice League, although no specific names were mentioned.

Until Warner Bros. or Rocksteady give official word about this. The next Arkham game will have to remain a rumor.

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    bustapr , July 12, 2012 5:14 PM
    Im really hating this trend in the gaming industry where publishers get a very good new IP that sells good, then when the series ends they want to milk it more and bring up prequels out of nowhere. God of War, Gears of War, Devil May Cry, Batman, etc. this is getting real stupid.
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    memadmax , July 12, 2012 5:18 PM
    Like bust said.
    It seems the whole movie/music/gaming industry seems to be in a dryspell of new ideas. For the past 10 years we have seen remakes and sequels of the same dead horse. Yes, occasionally there is new stuff out there but it is few and far between...
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    Kami3k , July 12, 2012 5:27 PM
    Not like we have loads of other GOOD superhero games to choice from...

    You would have a point if it was another FPS, but it's not.
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    danwat1234 , July 12, 2012 5:37 PM
    I would like to see a half-life prequel, maybe.
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    plznote , July 12, 2012 5:58 PM
    Steam summer sale is live.
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    itchyisvegeta , July 12, 2012 6:07 PM
    For the next Batman game to live up to the other 2, it will have to involve as much of the DC universe as it can.
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    classzero , July 12, 2012 8:04 PM
    danwat1234I would like to see a half-life prequel, maybe.


    Gordon was a theoretical physicist working at the fictional Black Mesa Research Facility. Not much excitement there.
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    Anonymous , July 12, 2012 8:11 PM
    The Comics do it all the time, so why not games?
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    newbie_mcnoob , July 12, 2012 9:01 PM
    Too bad Mark Hamill has retired from voicing The Joker.
    Maybe they can get him back if they cough up enough money.
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    zak_mckraken , July 12, 2012 9:04 PM
    bustaprIm really hating this trend in the gaming industry where publishers get a very good new IP that sells good, then when the series ends they want to milk it more and bring up prequels out of nowhere. God of War, Gears of War, Devil May Cry, Batman, etc. this is getting real stupid.

    Trend? That's what the movie and videogame businesses are all about since the dawn of time! It's up to us to dig our way to all that crap and find what's really worth watching and playing. And I'm pretty sure game will be! :) 
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    Anonymous , July 12, 2012 9:57 PM
    Why is this happening why cant they just make a sequel to arkham city 1950s batman sucks I perfer the darker batman from 80s 90s and today. dose this mean that when i punch someone the word Pow is going to fly on the screen in big red letters
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    davemaster84 , July 12, 2012 11:34 PM
    I hope they make it good this time on PC, last one was really annoying regarding performance.
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    notsleep , July 13, 2012 12:48 AM
    i hope i can control more female characters this time around. i thoroughly enjoyed playing as catwoman in bac. let us play as batgirl, huntress, and batwoman in this prequel.
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    fonzy , July 13, 2012 1:58 AM
    Apparently it's going to be on ps4 and Xbox 720(or what ever they call it).
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    merikafyeah , July 13, 2012 2:34 AM
    City >> World?

    I think "State" should be somewhere between those two.
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    tomfreak , July 13, 2012 3:19 AM
    danwat1234I would like to see a half-life prequel, maybe.
    knowing Valve hate number "3", prequel might have higher chance to be make than Half-life 3
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    GNCD , July 13, 2012 9:53 AM
    newbie_mcnoobToo bad Mark Hamill has retired from voicing The Joker. Maybe they can get him back if they cough up enough money.


    i read somwhere that he will only reprise his role as the Joker if Paul Dini wrote the script. there is still hope.
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    spookyman , July 13, 2012 3:17 PM
    How about more DC characters? Imagine playing say Superman, Green Lantern or something? Wonder Woman would be fun.
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    zak_mckraken , July 13, 2012 7:02 PM
    spookymanHow about more DC characters? Imagine playing say Superman, Green Lantern or something? Wonder Woman would be fun.

    Anything except Aquaman. He sucks.
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    Massacher , August 14, 2012 10:44 AM
    oh fuck yes this sounds awesome. the Batman comics of the 1950s are before my time. and i could have tracked them down to read the back story but i haven't and it would cost a lot of money to get those issues.
    so this is the next best thing!! OMG!!! i can't wait. thoroughly enjoyed the previous two games. will be a day 1 purchase for me!!!
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