The next Arkham game, published by Warner Bros. has been claimed to set in a different period to the two existing games. Batman: Arkham Origins is touted as the title. Origins was among a number of potential titles suggested by recent domain acquisitions, along with subtitles like “Begins” and “Legend”.
We had recently also heard rumours – coming from LinkedIn CVs – that RockSteady would not be working on the next game in the series, with development duties instead falling to Warner Bros. Montreal. Warner has stated that there will be an Arkham game in 2013 during a financial call but there’s been no reveal as yet so we’re taking any of these rumours with a pinch of salt until something more firm leaks out.
That said, a fresh rumour on Gameblog.fr has suggested a new game in the series that’s based on the 1950s or 1960s version of the character. This new rumour, with an unsubstantiated source, suggest that the game could also feature other members of the Justice League.
While none of this is confirmed, there is a little bit of corroborating evidence – albeit circumstantial. For starters, Warner Bros. are surely keen to get the idea of the Justice League out to a wider audience as their film business continues pressing for a movie featuring DC’s superhero team. There was also a recent rights acquisition by Warner that saw them seal the deal on the camp 1960s television series version of Batman that starred Adam West.
Since that deal was done, Warner has been keen on producing plenty of merchandising (and a new comic line) based on it so a game doesn’t seem like too much of a stretch of the imagination. Whether they’d choose to pollute the excellent Arkham series with a version of the character that’s so ridiculous, it’s almost offensive is another or whether that might be a totally separate game is another question.
It’s also worth remembering that there have been some hints that the new Arkham game would be set in the Silver Age, which spanned the late ’50s and ’60s. This would mean less dark realism like the Nolan trilogy and Rocksteady’s games and more spandex and cheesy moralistic heavy-handedness.
All very plausible, but totally unsubstantiated at this point so proceed with caution. There’s plenty of interesting speculation to be had though, on whether this kind of twist in the Arkham series would interest or enrage. Personally, as a big fan of both previous Arkham games and Batman in general, I’d hate to see them turn to this period for the Arkham series but I can imagine it’s possible to create something fun with it as a totally separate game.