Batman: Arkham City Sequel Is Silver Age Prequel, Could Hit PS4, Xbox 720
Batman: Arkham World isn’t the follow up to Rocksteady’s Arkham City – the developer is actually working on a Silver Age prequel to the high-rating Batman game, according to Hollywood trade Variety.
The paper reports that Warner Bros. is likely to reteam some of the characters from Netherealm’s DC fighter Injustice: Gods Among Us, in a new game from Rockstaeady Studios that continues the developer’s Batman series.
Along with Batman, the characters mentioned are Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and the Flash – who all appear in the recently-released Lego Batman 2: DC Superheroes – also headed by the popularity of the Dark Knight detective.
The Silver Age Batman game is described as “highly-stylized” and a prequel ” that revolves around Batman’s first meeting with the Joker” – expect a more colourful, cartoony look in-line with the DC comic books of the 1950s and 1960s.
The piece also suggests that Warner Bros. didn’t reveal the game at E3 as it wanted to concentrate on Injustice instead, and also hints that the new Silver Age project could be part of Warner’s wider pre-Justice League of America movie strategy.
The Batman prequel is expected to launch in 2014 at the earliest, meaning it would be a strong contender for next-gen platforms from Sony and Microsoft, still heavily-rumoured to be revealed next year for a release in late 2013/early 2014.
Batman: Arkham Asylum sold over 4 million copies, while Arkham City topped sales of 6 million when it was launched last year.
We’ve contacted Warner Bros. Interactive for comment.