Yesterday, we learned that Kevin Conroy would be in the next Akrham video game, a reveal that he made at the Dallas Comic-Con. Yesterday, we also learned that Roger Craig Smith, the voice of Ezio from Assassin’s Creed II, would be playing the role of Batman in Arkham Origins—which is the next Arkham video game. So that was confusing, but we figured, “Oh, Origins is a flashback, maybe he plays ‘old’ or ‘current’ or ‘modern’ Batman, thinking about his younger days.” That’s logical, right?
Well, it turns out that Conroy had to make a correction. In a now-deleted post on his Twitter account, screen-grabbed by Batman-news, Conroy said, “Confusion in Dallas. I am in new Arkham game coming soon, not Arkham Origins coming this fall.”
Obviously, he wasn’t supposed to let the BAT out of the bag (haha zing you’re welcome), but now we know for sure: there’s another Arkham game in development, and it’s probably being made for next-gen consoles by the REAL Arkham developers, Rocksteady Studios. We’ve suspected that Rocksteady’s been working on a sequel to Arkham City since, well, Arkham City came out back in 2011. It was a monster hit both critically and commercially, so it was unthinkable that WB Interactive wouldn’t retain the studio it owned to make a third entry in the series.
The fact that WB Montreal was revealed to be making the “next” Arkham game—which turned out to be a prequel—threw us off the scent, but only for about five minutes. As soon as WB Montreal was announced, the main question was, “Where’s Rocksteady? Oh…they must be making a sequel.” And here we are.
The powers that be may be annoyed at Mr. Conroy for slipping up—maybe the thought is that if we know there’s another Rocksteady-made game coming in, say, 2014, consumers will want to skip 2013’s Origins. I can say with near-certainty that this probably won’t happen.
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