We can't be sure if any of this is official – doesn't seem like it – but any information concerning Batman: Arkham City is going to get its just due.
In the spotlight at the Arkham City Multiplayer Blog is…well, multiplayer. According to "inside sources," Rocksteady's newest project will actually feature co-op for the campaign as well as full online multiplayer and as a clarification, the source wanted to tell us that "one doesn't compromise the other." Developers are quick to say this these days; with so many accusations that the multiplayer fixation is having a negative impact on single-player experiences, designers want to insure gamers won't be short-changed:
"I know. Many people were petrified when they heard of the multiplayer, imagining some tacked on silly arena fighter, the development of which dwarfed our efforts on single player. They couldn't be more wrong."
It also seems Rocksteady has drawn some inspiration from Rockstar's Red Dead Redemption ; the latter's Free Roam mode apparently had a big impact, so expect something similar in Arkham City . Here's more from the supposed secret source:
"…with all dedicated servers we have, you do not have to worry about being in a world with 'Other Batmen.' You will be the only Batman, your buddy the only Joker. Pick who ever you want out of 12 characters, and you will enter a lobby that doesn't already have that character. You may also do private matches. And all this can be done with either 1-12 players, so you can do Free Roam alone, or in Co-Op, or multiplayer."
If you're Batman, you can chase down the villain and if you're the villain, you can create chaos and attract Batman, setting traps for the caped crusader's imminent arrival. It sounds like a fantastic idea and even though we have to hear more about it from the developers themselves, the concepts and ideas have a ton of potential. What do you think about the multiplayer facet of Batman: Arkham City ?
Related Game(s): Batman: Arkham City