It appears that a follow-up game to Rocksteady's Batman: Arkham City is currently in the works and may arrive later this year, according to license holder Time Warner’s investor call last week. According to the transcript for the call, which can be seen on Yahoo! Finance, Time Warner’s CFO and Chief Administrative Officer, John K. Martin stated,
“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.”
Both Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City were huge hits for both Warner Bros. and Rocksteady with the Arkham City becoming one of the fastest selling games ever. Super-intuitive gameplay and excellent storywriting from Batman: The Animated Series writer Paul Dini helped to cement both titles as the two finest Batman games ever to be developed.
While the announcement of a new entry in the Arkham series of video games isn't entirely unexpected, the proximity of the upcoming game's release date certainly comes as a surprise to many. There's also some question as to whether or not the upcoming game will be developed by Rocksteady, the developer behind both Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City. Rumors have been floating around that Rocksteady will instead be developing a stylized prequel that will allow players to follow the adventures of the Dark Knight as he first encounters the Joker that's set to arrive sometime in 2014.
With Warner Bros. having registered 15 new Batman domain names last month and the strong language used by CFO John Martin, fans are now more convinced than ever that a new entry in Batman's Arkham video game series will be in their hands before the end of the year.