The game that sold out even faster than The Witcher 3 – 5-year-old Batman: Arkham Knight
While we wait for the latest Arkham game to be unveiled, we look back on the past of the series in connection with Arkham Knight’s fifth birthday.
While superheroes are experiencing their golden age in movies and series, the gaming industry has somehow not really hit them yet. After all, let’s face it: with a few rare exceptions, such as Insomniac’s Marvel’s Spider-Man (and its promised sequel by the end of this year, and the soon-to-be-arrived Iron Man VR), there’s not much to meet with Marvel or DC characters. works.
Yet there would be plenty of potential in the concept itself, as the Rocksteady (and briefly the WB Montreal) team showed us at the time. Between 2009 and 2015, the British studio also presented us with three Batman games, which were a huge success for both the box office and the critics. Plus, the final piece of the trilogy, Arkham Knight, is celebrating its fifth birthday just today, and to our delight, we’ve also looked back on the game a bit so that, if only for a short time, we can imagine ourselves as Batman again.
The rise of the dark knight
Although Batman: Arkham Asylum was only released in 2009, the Arkham series dates back to 2007, when Eidos acquired the rights to the Batman games. After a brief thought, the publisher finally entrusted the project to a British team running at the time, known as Rocksteady, they were so impressed with the developers ’demo on the subject, and while this decision may seem risky at first, it finally paid off.
Batman: Arkham Asylum, made by Rocksteady, became a real hit. The program, set at Arkham Mental Hospital, virtually swept the gaming industry in 2009, with its unique combat system, great story and, of course, the iconic Predator way, stealing itself into the hearts of gamers and critics alike. True, most felt that the game’s main opponents were, to put it mildly, monotonous, but that couldn’t stop the momentum of Arkham Asylum, which even made it into the Guinness Book of Records as the most successful superhero game.
However, Rocksteady wasn’t happy with that much, and two years after the first game came out, he further raised the stakes by launching Batman: Arkham City. The sequel retained all the strengths of its predecessor, such as the great atmosphere and great fighting system, and he developed this with a huge open world and varied main opponents painfully missing from the first part, and the end result spoke for itself.
Arkham City, like Arkham Asylum, has been an amazing success with both critics and gamers, and this is perhaps best illustrated by the fact that it sold two million copies worldwide in the week of its release alone. Interestingly, this game was already released by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment instead of Eidos, as seeing the success of Arkham Asylum, the company simply acquired Rocksteady. However, the British had another game lurking in their bag, for which it was true that we had to wait four years instead of two, but every minute of that wait was worth it.
The Rocksteady team was already thinking about a complete trilogy when the Arkham series kicked off, and after both Arkham Asylum and Arkham City performed well at the checkouts, they were, of course, given the opportunity to carry out their plans. The final episode of the series, Arkham Knight, began development as early as 2011, right after the completion of Arkham City, but the game proved too ambitious to be completed in the usual two-year cycle, so eventually after several slips in June 2015 He could only appear on the 23rd.
However, the wait was clearly worth it: Arkham Knight was waiting for the players with, among other things, a brand new city, a great story, and the iconic gameplay elements familiar from the previous sections. What’s more, the program itself could have been much more detailed, grandiose, and prettier, thanks to the fact that the developers made it exclusively for PCs and next-generation consoles.
However, not all innovations have been invented: the Arkham Knight, according to both critics and players, included Batmobil a little too much, which, with its missiles and spectacular destruction, didn’t really suit Batman’s “Don’t Kill!” which the Arkham Games have hitherto embarrassedly adhered to. In addition to Batmobil, the game also had a much more serious flaw: the technical quality of the PC port, or its complete lack.
By running Arkham Knight on a computer, sometimes even the most powerful video cards at the time got into trouble, not to mention the ever-falling fps and other inconveniences. The situation eventually escalated to the point where Warner Bros. temporarily suspended sales of the PC version of the game a day after its debut, and eventually needed a good few patches to repair the port.
However, this very nasty incident didn’t obviously break the fans ’enthusiasm for the game, as the Arkham Knight outperformed all former members of the Arkham series at the checkouts. A total of 5 million pieces of Rocksteady’s work had been sold by October 2015, in addition to winning the title of the fastest-selling game of 2015, for which it was preceded by no less a name than The Witcher 3.
All in all, therefore, with technical difficulties here or there, the Arkham Knight has finally become a true success story worthy of its predecessors in every way. However, since its release, we haven’t received a new Arkham game.
And where is the fifth act?
Based on the above, it can be said that the Arkham series is one of the most successful series of the last decade, which has been huge for both critics and treasuries, and Arkham Origins, considered to be even the weakest point of its kind, is a particularly entertaining and interesting creation. Still, since the release of Arkham Knight in 2015, there’s not much to hear about another Batman game, unless we count Batman: Arkham VR, which, as its name suggests, was a side-drive to VR back in 2016. .
Why Rocksteady isn’t making a new Batman game is, after all, pretty clear: the studio has never hidden the fact that they are essentially thinking of a trilogy that was completed with the Arkham Knight, and is currently a new one that hasn’t been completed yet. are working on a reported project at Warner Bros.
However, the Arkham Seer itself is not forgotten at all: it has been rumored for some time that WB Montreal, who signed Arkham Origins, is making the fifth act, and since the end of last year, the studio has been referring to it with various mysterious tweets. We haven’t received an official announcement yet, but it looks like it’s coming soon. Warner recently announced that the DC FanDome will be held in late August, with game announcements expected, among other things. And let’s face it – we’d all love to get back to Gotham’s dark and rainy night already.