The Canned Batman Game That Could Have Been
While it’s certainly a fact that we’ve all been enjoying Batman: Arkham City and its predecessor Arkham Asylum immensely, what if those games never released? What if, instead, we’d received a different open world game centered on the caped crusader?
One studio almost did just that.
Day 1 Studios, the developer behind Fear 3 and Fracture, had at one point pitched a Batman video game to publisher THQ. Entitled Gotham by Gaslight, based on the one-shot comic by the same name, was a Batman story set near the end of the 19th century. The game centers around the Dark Knight on his chase to hunt down Jack The Ripper.
The game was set in a foggy, unnamed world that Batman was free to explore – complete with the ability to see in the dark.
Gotham by Gaslight was initially pitched for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 around the turn of 2009 and 2010, but it was turned down and canned.
The studio has since released concept art for the game, showcasing a pretty heavy steampunk aesthetic.
In addition to art, we now have a full video of the prototype game in action, thanks to a source at the studio. You can watch the full video on Siliconera.