Where Can Batman Go From Here?
By George Denison on February 14th, 2013 (6 comments)
It looks like another Batman game is on the cards, and it's coming as soon as this year. That's all the concrete information we have so far, however, details like who the developer will be and whether it will be released on next-gen consoles are currently left to rumour and speculation.
I love Batman: Arkham Asylum and its sequel, Arkham City, so I'm looking forward to hearing more about this new Arkham game. However, sources at VG24/7 claim that Arkham Asylum/City developer Rocksteady won't be developing this game. If this turns out to be the case, then who can step in and offer the same meticulous attention to detail that Rocksteady gave us with the first two games?
The news of another Arkham game makes me wonder what more can be done with this particular strand of the Batman franchise. Arkham Asylum was a pretty complete package, offering a wonderful mix of satisfying combat, stealth, puzzle solving and atmospheric storytelling. Arkham City did a grand job of introducing an open-world element to the series, but it was so feature-rich and content-heavy in an attempt to avoid looking like Arkham Asylum 1.5 that some of the new additions actually harmed the experience, even if only in a small way.
This is the price to be paid for getting it right the first time around. So what can be done to change up the formula? There's always the option of giving the player control of new superheroes, although Catwoman wasn't exactly a great addition to Arkham City. A change of scenery might spice things up a bit, especially since the 'city' of Arkham City was essentially another Asylum on a grander scale. As for gameplay improvements, making the environments easier to backtrack through wouldn't go amiss, perhaps by being given the ability to fast-travel to the entrance of previously explored interiors. Also, if the new game is going to retain the open world, then not having to slavishly interrogate all the Riddler secrets out of a random succession of re-spawning goons would be appreciated.
All of this is fine-tuning, however, and it's difficult to think of any major changes that could be made without disrupting Rocksteady's excellent formula. What do you think? How could a new developer bring new, improved elements to the Arkham games?
A quick warning: the first person to say 'multiplayer' in the comments will be ejected from the face of the earth.
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