Sometimes, the video game press is late to the party on some news—such is the case today. Last week, Yahoo! Finance posted a transcript of Time Warner’s quarterly investor call, and the company’s CFO John K. Martin casually remarked this little nugget:
“And we also have a strong games release this year, which will include the next release in the Batman Arkham franchise. So all in all, we expect Warners to post another very strong year in 2013. And with a little luck, the year should be as good or maybe even a little bit better than 2012.”
Whoa. Yowza! That’s quite the announcement. The news was picked up and reported by VG247, which also says that Arkham developer Rocksteady Studios is not working on the game. That particular detail was provided by “sources,” so it could really go either way. Frankly, I’d be surprised if Rocksteady weren’t involved in the next Arkham game considering that they’ve made a name for themselves on the back of Batman, and they’re really, really good at making Batman games.
Last summer, we learned that Rocksteady may be working on a Silver Age-set Batman prequel, while writer Paul Dini said he wasn’t involved in the next game, whoever it’s coming from. So is this new game WB’s talking about different than the rumored Silver Age game? Or is there no Silver Age game at all? Which one of the recently registered Arkham-themed domain names will be attached to this game? What the heck is going on here?