Batman: Arkham Asylum is one of the best games of 2009 and quite possibly the greatest superhero title ever…and yet, Rocksteady Studios doesn't want to count their chickens before they've hatched.

As soon as most people got their hands on Batman , they wanted to see a sequel by the very same talented studio that provided them with such a technically polished and completely fulfilling experience. So this question was given to the game's lead narrative designer, Paul Crocker, in the latest VG247 podcast . His reply was simple:

"We’re just waiting to see if people like the game."

Um…Paul? Have you checked around the 'Net? Were you in attendance when Arkham Asylum brought home the Guinness World Record for the most critically acclaimed superhero video game ever? Granted, you don't have the official sales numbers for the first month yet (it only just released on August 25) but do you really think it'll be a sales failure? It had almost nothing to compete against unless you feel like counting Madden NFL 10 , which launched a few weeks earlier, or Raven Software's Wolfenstein . Both of those are good games, but Arkham Asylum has been getting all the press.

Okay, PSXE readers, tell Crocker and the rest of Rocksteady Studios that the game rules, and they should make another one. Or maybe they should stay in the superhero realm, but try another superhero…how about "Superman: Fortress of Solitude?" You know, a bunch of thugs find it and break in when Superman is sleeping, or something. Yeah, we're not game designers – obviously – but Rocksteady knows what they're doing so we'll leave it in their capable hands.

Related Game(s): Batman: Arkham Asylum

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Imagi
Imagi
11 years ago

They know their onto a winner.

G-WiZ199
G-WiZ199
11 years ago

Another Batman by RockSteady is necessary. Next time lets traverse thru Gotham using that Batmobile!

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

Bebop and Rocksteady are cool.

Jed
Jed
11 years ago

@world, I dont think some of the youngsters are going to understand that one.

dso8515
dso8515
11 years ago

Yeah they probably won't, but it's still funny.

Jed
Jed
11 years ago

oh ya, I'm not saying it isn't funny

Jawknee
Jawknee
11 years ago

There will be another. The game was too good. Besides, the end kinda sets it up for another.

Titch1794
Titch1794
11 years ago

Yes absolutely, with Croc still alive and B-Man going to two-Face.
Hell yes the game is Brilliant.

chucknasty
chucknasty
11 years ago

You mean Bane still alive;)

Jawknee
Jawknee
11 years ago

I don't recall Croc dying either.

Jiggy
Jiggy
11 years ago

You're forgetting the person in the ending scene as well. Plus, B-Man needs to be sneaking around Gotham with his vehicles! Sequel = Hit

Jed
Jed
11 years ago

ok, I'll admit it, I havent finished the game yet, so at least put up your !SPOILERS! sign for the rest of us.

mexgeo86
mexgeo86
11 years ago

I'd prefer they stay w/Batman since superman's track record in games isn't as good ūüėõ

They'd be taking a big risk but with high risk lies high payoffs i guess

sunspider13
sunspider13
11 years ago

Now to be fair after Rocksteady has gotten through with however many Batman games they are going to make, I think they should give 'the big blue boy-scout' a look over. I mean at least to get the taste of Superman 64 out of my mouth…gack.

Rocksteady has shown that they are fully committed to making a game as a good representation of the DC universe. So why not.

bOnEs
bOnEs
11 years ago

i would like to see these guys make an open-world batman game… where, you fly from rooftops like infamous but, drive around the in batmobile like GTA… listening to the police radio, going after his usual enemies to take em back to arkham…

*all car's respond to a break in at the gotham bank… two suspects on foot… one is believed to be the riddler…*

then you get there and he left a clue to start the mission that treks across the city… something like that :D…

vicious54
vicious54
11 years ago

Sounds like a great idea.

coverton341
coverton341
11 years ago

Sounds like a winner if you are into that sort of game but lately I have been finding that I can't really get into open world games like that. I think I could be work related really. I would play it regardless though. Just might take me ages to finish it.

Fane1024
Fane1024
11 years ago

Two words: Bat Signal.

crapreviews
crapreviews
11 years ago

Well i just beat it on Normal like 10 mins ago. I'll say this. 1. Save yourself the time and just play it on hard the first time around. you will be thanking yourself after you beat it. 2. the ending just makes it seem like they already have plans for another one.

NiteKrawler
NiteKrawler
11 years ago

Beat it on hard first? I beat normal and I'm quite looking forward to playing on hard as well.


Last edited by NiteKrawler on 9/4/2009 11:27:10 AM

bOnEs
bOnEs
11 years ago

i'm sorry but, any batman film, TV show, or game always gives you the feeling that there's more in store because, he never kills his enemies, and they always seem to break out of arkham lol…

it's a never ending loop in the batman universe :D…

johnld
johnld
11 years ago

yeah, i beat it on hard first because i didnt want to play through the story more than once to get all the trophies. i have all trophies for the game 100% complete. If you're after trophies, then spend time on practicing with the challenge maps. Shock and Awe extreme level is a pain in the ass because you have to get 30000 pts total all while killing each enemy in under 50 seconds for each round. It includes guys with knives, guns, stun sticks as well as normal guys.

NiteKrawler
NiteKrawler
11 years ago

Earth to Eidos. Come in RockSteady. WE LOVE THE DAMN GAME! I mean…hello? I thought everyone knew it was awesome. If I don't get another one, I'm going to be pissed.

fatelementality
fatelementality
11 years ago

Free roaming with those graphics………drool.

Jawknee
Jawknee
11 years ago

Needs a better engine. Not a fan of the greasy look from the Unreal engine.

fatelementality
fatelementality
11 years ago

I'ts more in the style of the comics, which I like. I'd like to see it done like the animated series, but just not as cartoony. Maybe add some detail like they did to the CGI Ninja Turtles.

Lotusflow3r
Lotusflow3r
11 years ago

Well, their right.

No one should care what critics have to say because that's just one person, wait and see what the fans think, because that's what matters.

Ricochet
Ricochet
11 years ago

Just finished on Normal and now playing Hard mode. I'm pretty pissed that the game will freeze everytime I try to collect the "interview tape" in the pumping room (possibly due to the firmware 3.0). ARGH, can't go for plat but I noticed some of the Riddler questions can't be backtracked so I'm glad I restarted the game again.

Best game I've played this year….

chucknasty
chucknasty
11 years ago

They can all be backtracked unless I got one on the first play through that isn't gettable later. Look for vents or breaky walls to get to a blocked area.

NiteKrawler
NiteKrawler
11 years ago

There are no riddles that you have to get at certain times only. They can all be found at any time. Some of the clues may sound like a certain condition must be met, but it isn't true.

johnld
johnld
11 years ago

to back track, usually you need to finish the game. tough im not sure because when i was playing the part finding ivy, im pretty sure stuff was blocked.

Ricochet
Ricochet
11 years ago

Actually I kindof found 2 riddles that can't be backtracked. First is the riddle where the Jack Rider reports the news on the radio and you have to immediately investigate it to solve the riddle. It only happens once I believe. The other is in the pumping room (where I get the freezes), after going up the elevator shaft you end up in the main courtyard but there's no way of going back if you want to collect the remaining items there.

NiteKrawler
NiteKrawler
11 years ago

I got the one in the pumping room after I finished the game. As for the Jack Rider one, I got it when I went through, but I'm positive you can get it later. I got it after listening to the broadcast and after leaving the room for a bit.

McLovin519
McLovin519
11 years ago

I would love to see another Batman from them.
Voiced by Conroy & Hamill of course!

NightHawk17
NightHawk17
11 years ago

I loved Arkham asylum, just put the next game in Gotham city w/ side quests and more boss fights, and make it longer. and get rid of challenge mode mandatory to get 100%, cause it makes the 100% seem like a platinum trophy(which it sorta is)

and maybe a co-op mode ala Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2…

i can dream can't i?

NiteKrawler
NiteKrawler
11 years ago

lol. I can just imagine the pain of playing as Robin in coop.

McLovin519
McLovin519
11 years ago

No F**k'n Robin!

johnld
johnld
11 years ago

i got the platinum trophy. 100% is a gold trophy. platinum is getting all trophies like usual. None of the challenge maps are hard to get medals at except for Shock and Awe extreme. I was pissed playing that challenge because of so much restraints.

ace_boon_coon
ace_boon_coon
11 years ago

they'd better make a sequel. i just picked this game up and can't stop playing it. the scarcrow part had me kinda scared lol lol. my favorite part so far.

pSmingO
pSmingO
11 years ago

hey the ps3 version outsold the 360 version yay

tes37
tes37
11 years ago

I'm ordering this game tonight. I wasn't able to get it last week because I bought a ps3 mini me.

RustEDalex
RustEDalex
11 years ago

this game was awesome and I would love a sequal.
They know this game was good, didnt they say this game would be a GOTY contender.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

Everyone seems to love it, I haven't played it but it does sound like the gold standard for multiplats. The Batman will get another game.

tes37
tes37
11 years ago

I said I wasn't gonna buy multiplats anymore, but this is one game that I'm making an exception for. If any other developers want to follow their lead on mutiplats ( by showing some respect for ps3 owners and not insult our intelligence ) then I'll be willing to buy more of them.

bOnEs
bOnEs
11 years ago

yea, i haven't played it either… but, if the numbers are correct, i think this is a silly topic to begin with… of course there's going to be a sequel!! developers these days don't let good selling games (even semi-decent selling games) go on without a sequel… if it makes money, might as well milk some more out of the concept…

i'm curious to see if there's other superhero franchises that call up eidos to see if they could revive their franchise lol…

fatelementality
fatelementality
11 years ago

You aren't a true Batman fan if you want to leave out Robin. I'm pretty pissed that none of them were in the game. They had every other citizen of Gotham for cryin' out loud. BTW, did you guys know that Dick Grayson (1st Robin/Nightwing) has been Batman for a few months now in the comics? Bruce Wayne has "died".


Last edited by fatelementality on 9/4/2009 5:24:09 PM

sunspider13
sunspider13
11 years ago

It'll be funny when Bruce comes back for the Mantle of the Bat. Grayson vs. Wayne.

fatelementality
fatelementality
11 years ago

I'm pretty sure that Dick would just give it back willingly. He's the most level headed person aside from Bruce and Alfred.

DGo8
DGo8
11 years ago

theres like 3 diff endings y this..we spoke about it in the blog my ending was croc & another member had bane at tha end…and theres a scarecrow ending aswell….i would love to see a part two..bring two face in to the mix & some of the other villains..Hush..Penguin..Catwomen..Ventriloquist & Scarface (scareface was in it but still)..Clayface 100% i want him in part 2..tha riddler & maybe..mayb Man-Bat..possibly Mr Freeze i dunno doe.. thats my choice if i had to pick…Bring on Part 2!!

therabbitkinge
therabbitkinge
11 years ago

A sequel may burn the game… I mean where else are we going to have the same fear? The same intensity? There are many versions of gotham but arkham has always had a sense a fear whenever its name was uttered. Rocksteady can try but they won't strike gold twice I would love to see another batman game by them but maybe as DLC giving us different wings of arkham to explore with different prisoners to fight like the many mentioned in the character bios (^_^) that's my take on it. Anyone get me? Ben?