Batman: Arkham City News

Breaking up with Batman

Rocksteady talks VR and its future away from the Arkhamverse.

Rocksteady Games, creator of the Batman Arkhamverse, is here at EGX to show off Batman VR - a brand new Batman Arkham experience made after the studio said they were definitely done with Batman.

Batman: Return to Arkham out this October

New video offers PS3 / PS4 comparison.

Batman: Return to Arkham, the remaster of Rocksteady's excellent Batman: Arkham Asylum and its open world follow-up Batman: Arkham City, comes out on 21st October 2016, Warner has announced.

Warner says a new Batman Arkham game will be out this year

Could this be the Silver Age Asylum prequel Rocksteady has been working on?

Turns out Warner did have something to say about games in its financial splurge last week. It was news that a new game in the Batman Arkham franchise - the excellent series made by Rocksteady - will be released this year.

Batman Arkham City Game of the Year edition, Harley Quinn's Revenge DLC confirmed for PC

Warner Bros. Interactive has confirmed the Batman Arkham City Game of the Year Edition and the Harley Quinn's Revenge DLC will launch on PC.

The Harley Quinn's Revenge DLC, available from 29th May, will launch on PC, but a release date remains unannounced. More details will be revealed soon, Warner said.

It's a similar story for the PC version of the Game of the Year Edition - its release date is TBC. The PC version of the original Batman: Arkham City launched a month after the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 version.

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Batman: Arkham City Harley Quinn's Revenge DLC confirmed

Batman: Arkham City Harley Quinn's Revenge DLC confirmed

UPDATE: Available 30th May, Game of the Year edition coming.

UPDATE 2: Warner Bros. Interactive UK has revealed new information on the Batman: Arkham City Game of the Year Edition.

It launches in the UK on 7th September for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 - over three months after the US gets it. No mention was made of the PC version.

The Harley Quinn's Revenge DLC adds more than two hours of fresh gameplay to the campaign, Warner said. Also included on the disc are all five previously released DLC packs.

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Batman Arkham City: Harley Quinn DLC details leak

Batman Arkham City: Harley Quinn DLC details leak

Robin, Harley taking centre stage for new add-on.

Batman Arkham City will be expanded in a fresh DLC pack featuring the characters of Harley Quinn and Robin.

PlayStation 3 Trophies for the add-on have leaked online (courtesy of PS3Trophies) and appear to reveal awards for a number of story-based missions.

Trophy details suggest side-kick Robin, who was a pre-order bonus and downloadable character for the main game, is playable in the new expansion.

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Chancellor George Osborne confirms UK video games tax credits

Chancellor George Osborne confirms UK video games tax credits

UPDATE: UK game developers welcome decision.

Chancellor George Osborne has confirmed the introduction of tax credits for the UK video game industry.

In his Budget 2012 speech, the Chancellor of the Exchequer said tax credits will "support our brilliant video games and animations industries". The Government is yet to announce details of the relief, however, but we do know the plan is to have it begin from April 2013.

UK lobby groups such as Tiga have long called for tax breaks to help boost the industry on these shores. The lack of tax credits have been blamed for an "exodus" of game development talent abroad.

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Batman: Arkham City ships 6m copies

Helps Warner to glowing annual financial report.

Batman: Arkham City has now shipped over six million copies worldwide, publisher Warner Bros. Interactive has announced.

PC Batman: Arkham City patch released on Steam

PC Batman: Arkham City patch released on Steam

Improves DirectX 11, but not for 32bit Windows users.

A DirectX 11 patch for Batman: Arkham City on PC has been rolled out on Steam.

This has serious negative consequences for gamers running 32bit versions of Windows Vista and Windows 7.

If that's you, you are advised to "avoid" running Batman: Arkham City under DirectX 11 after installing this patch.

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EU PlayStation Store update 23rd November

EU PlayStation Store update 23rd November

Daytona! Robin DLC! Rayman Origins for £47.99!

Sega's revival of Dreamcast racer Daytona USA heads up this week's list of downloadable launches on the EU PlayStation Store.

Daytona boasts smoother graphics, a sharper soundtrack and an unwavering 60 frames-per-second, all of which helped Martin wave a 9/10-bearing chequered flag in Eurogamer's Daytona USA review of last month's XBLA version.

PlayStation Plus subscribers are rewarded with a 30 per cent off the price of Daytona and 20 per cent discount off 2007's Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, which launches as a download this week for £19.99 for everyone else.

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Batman: Arkham City PC, OnLive, Origin release details

UPDATE: OnLive has just been in touch to say it's offering a free 30 minute Batman: Arkham City demo for US and UK gamers from today ahead of the game's Friday 25th November launch.

ORIGINAL STORY: The PC version of Batman: Arkham City launches in the UK on Friday, 25th November, Warner Bros. has announced.

Then, it goes live in shops and via Steam.

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Battlefield 3, Arkham City dominate October US sales

Battlefield 3, Arkham City dominate October US sales

While Xbox 360 tops hardware chart by huge margin.

Battlefield 3 was the top-selling game in the US for the month of October, selling just shy of two million copies, according to the latest NPD sales data.

Batman: Arkham City came in second selling a very healthy 1.5 million units, followed by NBA 2K12 and Rage. According to GameInformer, id Software's shooter sold 550,000 copies in its debut month.

From Software's no-nonsense RPG Dark Souls stormed the chart at six, while Forza 4 debuted in eighth. Sales figures for those titles have not been announced.

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Fusion: Genesis release date, price

Fusion: Genesis release date, price

What's on Xbox Live this month?

Fusion: Genesis, the debut game by ex-Rare staffers Starfire Studios, will be released on 9th November via Xbox Live Arcade. The sci-fi twin-stick shooter will cost 800 Microsoft Points (£6.80).

Earlier next week, on 7th November, you'll find Call of Duty subscription service Elite. This costs 4000 MSP (£34) and grants access to a huge list of premium features, including 20 pieces of DLC.

Today, according to Major Nelson, you'll find the Forza 4 November Speed Pack, as well as Batman: Arkham City's Nightwing Bundle. Each costs 560 MSP (£4.76).

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EA announces major third party Origin support

EA announces major third party Origin support

Warner Bros., Capcom and THQ sign up.

Games from Warner Bros. Interactive, THQ and Capcom will soon be available on Origin, EA's digital PC platform.

Warner's Batman: Arkham City and THQ's Saints Row: The Third will kick things off in November, with more titles from the three third parties to follow in coming months.

"Since launch, we've had overwhelming support from both publishers and developers across the gaming industry, recognising Origin as an opportunity to deliver more of their great content straight to consumers across the globe," said EA's Origin VP David DeMartini.

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Batman: Arkham City's worldwide sales

Batman: Arkham City's worldwide sales

Ships 4.6 million units in a week.

Batman: Arkham City has shipped more than 4.6 million units worldwide in one week, Warner Bros. has announced.

The "week one sales figure" (shipped, surely?) is apparently double that of previous game, Batman: Arkham Asylum.

Batman: Arkham City was released for PS3 and Xbox 360 on 18th October in the US, and 21st October in Europe.

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Digital FoundryHDMI 1.4 stereo 3D arrives on Xbox 360

Arkham City is first full-res Xbox 360 3D release.

A while back, Eurogamer ran a report revealing that full-resolution stereoscopic 3D using the HDMI 1.4 standard was coming to the Xbox 360. Five months on, Batman: Arkham City is the first shipping game to utilise it.

Arkham City DLC launch mishap

Arkham City DLC launch mishap

Some boxes missing Catwoman content.

Some copies of Batman: Arkham City are shipping without the promised code to redeem the game's Catwoman DLC.

Gamers in North America have been complaining about missing codes since the game launched there earlier this week. However, it now seems the issue is affecting UK customers too.

Earlier today, a VideoGamer employee Tweeted that his copy, purchased through GameStop UK, was missing the DLC code.

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Batman: Arkham City PC release date

The PC version of Batman: Arkham City will be released one month from now, on 18th November 2011.

Warner Bros. confirmed the date via a press release today.

The PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of Batman: Arkham City will be available this Friday.

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Out This Week - 21/10/11

Batman: Arkham City! Tintin! Ratchet!

This week two very different pencil-drawn heroes of the comic book world each star in their own video games.

Batman Sinestro Corps skin UK details

Batman Sinestro Corps skin UK details

Comes with Green Lantern Blu-ray.

The Green Lantern Blu-ray - released in the UK today - contains a Sinestro Corps skin download code for Batman: Arkham City - out on Friday.

A representative for Warner confirmed the download code's inclusion in the UK version of Green Lantern's Blu-ray editions following news of its appearance in the US.

"The skin will give users the ability to fight crime with the help of the yellow power of fear, giving Batman a unique yellow costume in the story campaign and in the challenge maps," Warner said.

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Batman: Arkham City The Album revealed

Panic! Coheed! Motorcycle! Serj!

Warner Bros. has announced Batman: Arkham City - The Album, an 11-track medley of dark and brooding tunes to fuel gamers' excitement for November's Arkham Asylum sequel.

Batman: AC Joker content Tesco exclusive

Batman: AC Joker content Tesco exclusive

Joker's Carnival Challenge Map adds 4hrs.

If you pre-order Batman: Arkham City from UK supermarket Tesco you'll get a code to unlock the Joker's Carnival Challenge Map.

This is a separate set of missions based inside Joker's hideout. You'll need to use detective work, combat and stealth while inside. It's estimated to add four hours of additional gameplay.

Joker's Carnival Challenge Map is a pre-order bonus exclusive to Tesco in the UK.

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Batman pre-order skins will release as DLC

Available to all "down the track".

Rocksteady has confirmed to Eurogamer that the full range of Batman: Arkham City skins being divvied up between retailers as pre-order bonuses will become available to all later on as DLC.

GameStop launches UK online shop

GameStop launches UK online shop

"We'll definitely give the best value."

American mega-shop GameStop launched its UK online store last night.

Some GameStop UK game prices are lower than on competing sites. Batman: Arkham City can be pre-ordered for £29.97 on GameStop - £10 cheaper than on the Game or HMV website.

PlayStation Vita (Wi-Fi) can be pre-ordered for £209.97 from GameStop - £20 cheaper than Game and HMV.

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Talia al Ghul confirmed for Arkham City

Talia al Ghul confirmed for Arkham City

Batman's occasional squeeze joins the cast.

Anti-heroine Talia al Ghul is the latest character announced for Batman: Arkham City.

The daughter of crime boss Ra's al Ghul and Batman's occasional love interest in the comics will be voiced by Stana Katic, star of US TV series Castle.

"Talia is such a complex character and it was great to voice her in Batman: Arkham City," commented Katic. "I was amazed at all the detail put into the project and it's great to see how excited the fans are about the game."

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OnLive: CGI Arkham City visuals possible

"This will be the new standard for gaming."

OnLive boss Steve Perlman believes games with visuals as good as those seen in the stunning CGI Batman: Arkham City trailer, below, will be possible on the online gaming tech.

Catwoman playable in Arkham City

Selina Kyle missions unveiled.

Batman: Arkham City's main campaign sees you controlling Catwoman for a number of missions, developer Rocksteady Studios has revealed.

Arkham City campaign lasts 8 hours

But only if you're a "ninja".

Forthcoming superhero sequel Batman: Arkham City will take at least eight hours to complete, developer Rocksteady Games has announced.

Batman: Arkham City release date

Batman: Arkham City release date

Get your Batcave on in October.

Rocksteady Studios' hotly-anticipated Batman sequel Arkham City will launch on 21st October, Warner Bros. Interactive has announced.

Arkham City is said to be five times larger than predecessor Arkham Asylum. It's set inside a heavily fortified district in Gotham City, where all the scum like to hang out.

Christian Donlan's Batman: Arkham City hands-on preview just went live.

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Batman: Arkham City comics announced

Batman: Arkham City comics announced

Mini-series to plug gap between games.

A new comic book mini-series will bridge the gap between Batman: Arkham Asylum and its impending sequel, Arkham City, publisher Warner Bros. has announced.

Written by Paul Dini - who penned both games and various Batman: The Animated Series episodes - and drawn by the games' concept artist Carlos D'anda, the six-comic Batman: Arkham City series picks up one year after Arkham Asylum, filling us in on how the new Arkham City prison comes into being.

The first two issues of the six-comic run will be available in May, both digitally and in ye olde paper format, priced at $2.99 each. We're checking with Warner for UK pricing.

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Batman, Joker to team up in Arkham City?

Mystery trailer shows unlikely pairing.

Batman and arch-nemesis The Joker will put their differences aside and team up in the forthcoming Batman: Arkham City, if a mysterious leaked trailer is to be taken at face value.

No Batmobile in Arkham City

No need - Bats is "the ultimate vehicle."

Hoping for a bit of Batmobile action in the forthcoming Batman: Arkham City? Tough luck - there are no vehicles in the game, developer Rocksteady Studios has revealed.

Batman: Arkham City details emerge

Batman: Arkham City details emerge

New gadgets! New combat! Catwoman!

Some new details regarding forthcoming PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 title Batman: Arkham City have slipped out.

According to US magazine Game Informer (as read by IGN), the game is set one year after Arkham Asylum. Warden Quincy Sharp is now mayor of Gotham and he's built an even bigger, better facility titled Arkham City.

It's being overseen by psychiatrist Hugo Strange. Inmates are forbidden to try to escape, but other than that there are no rules and anything goes within the boundaries of the facility.

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Batman domains name Arkham sequel?

Batman domains name Arkham sequel?

"Where's Bruce Wayne?" asks one.

More than a dozen Batman-related domain names have been registered by Warner. Among them could be the title of Rocksteady's Arkham Asylum sequel.

Subtitles include Arkham City, Siege of Gotham, Grand Delusion, State of Villainy and Broken Ground, according to Superannuation.

And there are other names that appear to be destined for viral marketing efforts. These are Close Arkham City, People for Gotham, Stop Mayor Sharp, War in Gotham City and Where's Bruce Wayne.

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