DC Buys ARKHAM ASYLUM Game Makers

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Something tells me there’s going to be a lot more follow-ups to the video game ARKHAM ASYLUM beyond the already-announced and trailer-promoted sequel.

 
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 Prepare for many more steps within these gates...
 Prepare for many more steps within these gates...

What’s that something that’s telling me so? It’s the announcement that Warner Brothers’ Home Entertainment group has bought a majority share in Rocksteady Games, the developer that produced last year’s 3-million-selling smash hit.

Here’s how the president of the WB’s said division, Kevin Tsujihara described the deal to the Financial Times…

“The biggest gap this fills is that it locks in development talent on one of our most valuable pieces of intellectual property for games: Batman… “Even in a declining market, great developers are a scarce resource and incredibly valuable, and these guys proved with Arkham Asylum that they understood our characters… They’re comic book guys. They love working with comic book characters.”

And Rocksteady’s games director, Sefton Hill, spelled it out even further to Joystiq…

"The Rocksteady team is very much looking forward to creating more great games based on widely recognized Warner Bros. brands like Batman."

If you like comics as well as video games - - and there’s a very, very good chance of that - - you might have noticed that the WB’s purchased TT and Midway over the past couple years.   Those games company were behind LEGO BATMAN and DC Vs. MORTAL KOMBAT, respectively.

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 ...and throughout this city.

I can’t help seeing this as another sign of the DC Entertainment consolidation, of which we saw the announcement of a new corporate team last week. If I recall correctly, the character designs in ARKHAM ASYLUM were done by artists from Wildstorm - - a fact that stuck out to me as signifying this kind of consolidation. You know, why separate the offices when you can easily coordinate the different talents? Why develop a GREEN LANTERN movie in a totally separate department when you can bring Geoff Johns in to consult on it? And so on...

Now the tracks have been laid down, where do you want to see this DC video game bullet train go? What games would you like to see, oh quick-reflex Comic Vine community?

-- Tom Pinchuk is the writer of UNIMAGINABLE for Arcana Comics and HYBRID BASTARDS! for Archaia Comics.   Watch out for the HYBRID BASTARDS! hardcover collection this March - - available for pre-order now on Amazon.com.

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#1  Edited By goldenkey

This is great news.  I can see a Flash game, and Superman game coming, but I think GL would be hard as hell.  To many constructs. 
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#2  Edited By CylonDorado

A good Superman game would really be something to see. Also, Wonder Woman has untapped video game potential.

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#3  Edited By They Killed Cap!

I don't think i would enjoy playing a wonderwoman game.

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#4  Edited By warlock360
@CylonDorado said:
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A good Superman game would really be something to see. Also, Wonder Woman has untapped video game potential.

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so does your av ; )
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#5  Edited By MichaeltheFly
@CylonDorado said:
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A good Superman game would really be something to see. Also, Wonder Woman has untapped video game potential.

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God hear this guy and make what he said above come true.
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#6  Edited By IGMATIK

thats kool, maybe finally superman will get a game worth playing?
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#7  Edited By CylonDorado
@Voidheart said:
" @CylonDorado said:
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A good Superman game would really be something to see. Also, Wonder Woman has untapped video game potential.

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so does your av ; ) "

@Voidheart: Truer words were never spoken :D.
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#8  Edited By NightFang3

 A good Superman, Wonder Woman & JLA games would be fun. 

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#9  Edited By CletusTheFoetus

In some ways acquisition is fortunate, especially in this climate, with well known studios falling through the net. My only major concern is that they either focus solely on DC games and after a while become stale and, more importantly they up root the company and move them away from London (I'm biased). 
 
But no, I shall make a concession, it IS a good thing and I look forward to more great games. lets hope Bat-Man Arkham Asylum 2 has the same impetus as it's predecessor. 
 
@CylonDorado said:

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A good Superman game would really be something to see. Also, Wonder Woman has untapped video game potential.

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I'd tap that potential :D  We need a new game heroine!
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WHEN IS MARVEL BUYING VIDEO GAME COMPANIES!? sorry...

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#11  Edited By Moomin123
@goldenkey said:
"This is great news.  I can see a Flash game, and Superman game coming, but I think GL would be hard as hell.  To many constructs.  "

I think a GL film could come out, but it'll be based on the new film when that comes out.
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#12  Edited By Art Penwright

It would be nice to see a 'good' superman game, which has never been done before. Does anyone remember Superman for the 64? One of the worst gaming experience of all time. Of course you don't have to go that far back, the Superman game based on the last movie was a piece of trash to. Supes might be as hard to develop as game, as he can be to write. Then again they didn't make a really good Batman game till Arkham Asylum and Radical pulled off a good Hulk game with Ultimate Destruction so here's hoping, for a decent Superman showing soon.

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#13  Edited By Archetype

I can only predict good things may com e of this.I liked what I saw of Arkham Asylum and DC has been doing a great job of successfully branching out and into other mediums with their animated movies and such.I'm not such a huge MMO fan but I also love the idea of DCU online can't wait to see more of DC and it's wonderful properties.

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#14  Edited By theWarren

Sigh...there goes any possibility of seeing a Daredevil game using the Batman: AA engine.

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#15  Edited By SUPER-MAN 23
@NightFang said:
"  A good Superman, Wonder Woman & JLA games would be fun.  "
Yeah, It should use the actors who play the voices in Justice League And Justice League Unlimited 
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#16  Edited By KingLoki

DC Ultimate Alliance anyone?

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i want superman :O loved arkham asylum in my opinion they really stuck batman to his character which is a tricky thing to do, great job to rocksteady next up, arkham asylum 2 then superman doom of metropolis :P 

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#18  Edited By Marshal Victory

This could be awsome news.Or right crapy if WB tries to run it instead of with them.Many belived when EA bought out Mythic that it was great news to.Hurm i thought they had some ownership of the movie games made off of Watchmen an Wanted.If im wrong i blame my sinus infection atm.

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#19  Edited By Bergquist

this is the best game ever can't wait for the next one 
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#20  Edited By InnerVenom123

Cool. Can't wait for the second one.... but if Scarecrow isn't in it.....
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#21  Edited By Argentino_18

A flash game would be great... 
A GL game could work if it is created properly...

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#22  Edited By Omega Ray Jay

Seems like everyone is buying each other these days

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#23  Edited By MrMiracle77

I can't help but wonder if DC is doing this in order to cut Warner Interactive out of the gaming picture when it comes to their characters.

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#24  Edited By Yung ANcient One

psss... i said it once... ill say it again... RockSTAR should make the next Superman game

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#25  Edited By Dracade102
@NightFang said:
" A good Superman, Wonder Woman & JLA games would be fun.  "

A JLA Game would Be awesome!!! 
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#26  Edited By ComicCrazy

Sweeeeeeeeeet wow imagine a really well done Green Lantern game.lol. No but seriously this is awesome news.
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#27  Edited By AnthrSpaceSong
@goldenkey said:

" This is great news.  I can see a Flash game, and Superman game coming, but I think GL would be hard as hell.  To many constructs.  "

Well if the game were to be an action game like Batman: Arkham Asylum then they could make the constructs context sensitive to the whatever situation. I also think there should be a GL Corps RPG in the vein of Mass Effect. You could get different party members from different Corps and other heroes, and (most obviously) other GL Corps members. Maybe the games plot could be a "what if" story and have the player make their own character and that character is the new Ion. His decisions effects himself, his party members, the plot, and the corps as a whole.
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#28  Edited By Scissorhands

Loved Batman Arkham Asylum - one of my favorite games ever.
Keeping with the gritty style - I would love to see a Suicide Squad game.
It would be a kick to play as Deadshot - imagine the carnage.

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#29  Edited By super_psycho

JLA video game with good graphics 

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