Batman Fans Might Have to Wait Longer Than Expected for the Next Arkham Title

Published 11/08/2023, 9:23 PM EST

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The Batman Arkham series is now officially the best superhero video game franchise out there. Games like Spider-Man 2 couldn’t even touch the excellence of Arkham Asylum and City. Of course, Knight was not bad either, but that tank they called Batmobile ruined the show. Nevertheless, this series has gained such popularity that fans await a new installment to this day.

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Rocksteady Games, the developers who worked on this series, are currently working on Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League. One wonders what’s to come after that—a new Batman Arkham game? It does not seem like it.

WB’s latest announcement might mean a hiatus for the Batman Arkham series!

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Years ago, when this little-known studio called Rocksteady Games launched Batman Arkham Asylum, the curiosity of Batman fans was at its peak. Every gamer out there was wondering what this game would be. It looked fancy, but would it capture the essence of the character that is The Dark Knight? Turns out it did, and how? It was an instant success, getting rave reviews and earning big money. The game was a hit.

The sequel too was no different; Batman Arkham City was even better, and it was bigger, and it again spawned a sequel called Knight, which got a similar response to its prequels. Then Rocksteady put the series on hold to work on some new games. That game was Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League, an Avengers game rip-off that incorporates games as a service model into a superhero game. And now, WB has announced live service games will become their full focus, shedding doubts on the future of the Batman Arkham series.

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They announced this recently by saying, “Our focus is on transforming our biggest franchises from largely console and PC-based with three- to four-year release schedules to include more always-on gameplay through live services.” Okay, WB, your message is clear.

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Maybe this is why some higher-ups and the main creative force of Rocksteady Games, Sefton Hill, jumped the ship. He is better known as the director of the Arkham Trilogy. With its director gone and the publisher’s change of mind, the series is not coming back to its original form anytime soon.

This is exactly what EA said years ago

Back in 2010, EA’s CEO proclaimed that single-player games are dead and the future is online. They were right at that time, but their dreams of a microtransaction-filled future came crashing down after the disaster that was Battlefront 2.

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Eventually, they did come back to their senses and release games like Titanfall 2 and Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. And now, its single-player galore is EA. WB too would be back, but after seeing some significant failures.

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Rohit Sejwal

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Rohit Sejwal is a senior eSports writer at EssentiallySports. Rohit has an MSc. in Journalism and was a part of OMLogic and other organizations working in a diverse range of content creation fields, including editing, content writing, and scriptwriting.
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