More Batman Video Games in the Future?


Though Batman: Arkham Knight was much maligned upon its (eventual) release, the idea was for the game to be the ultimate culmination in the evolution of gaming as the Caped Crusader.

Let’s be honest, traditionally superhero games were pretty terrible across the board until the Batman Arkham series. These games were HUGE for DC Entertainment, but Arkham Knight is the last in this line. Where does that leave the future of Batman gaming? Is DC in the same place they were after the end of the Batman: The Animated Series universe, scrambling to find a hit among one miss after another? 

Looks like WB Games is willing to find out. In a recent interview with PS Blog, Ames Kirshen, vice president of product development for the Arkham and DC Comics games at Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment discussed what – if anything – WB is going to do with Batman next.

"“You have to understand and respect the core essence of the franchise,” Kirshen explained, “but you can’t be a slave to every single aspect of its history or continuity in translating it for the gaming medium.”“More importantly, you have to have the talent, vision, and passion from the development teams to make great games and treat them as they would an original IP. We’ve been blessed at WBIE with studios and talent such as Rocksteady, NetherRealm, and TT Games.”“I helped develop Batman and Superman console games based on the beloved Bruce Timm DC Comics Animated Series with partners such as Ubisoft (Batman Vengeance and Batman: Rise Of Sin Tzu) and Atari (Superman: Shadow Of Apokolips).”“When choosing what DC Entertainment IP we might focus on for any game, it boils down to honing in on the IPs that map the strongest, genre-wise, to what fans are interested in seeing and playing. From there, it’s about getting the development studios with the strongest passion for those IPs to make the games.”“Batman is one of the cornerstone IPs for Warner Bros. With the Arkham series, we were finally able to realize the full potential of the character.”“We don’t have anything to talk about at this time, but the possibilities are endless with a character as dynamic and beloved as Batman.”"

So, it looks like they don’t feel like Arkham Knight is the end of the line, but mid-stride for the company.

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It also looks like they aren’t even close to a new idea beyond the drawing board. I was expect them to have something to announce by next year, though, to coincide with the release of Batman v Superman.

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