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Post by Dan @ 01:23pm 26/09/11 | 58 Comments
Warner Bros have sent word that Batman: Arkham City, the upcoming sequel to the acclaimed Batman: Arkham Assylum has completed development and is off toward the distribution process, on track for its October release date.

Also revealed today is a new trailer cut from in-game footage, starring the most notorious of Batman villains, The Joker.
With his elaborate schemes and capacity for violence, the Clown Prince of Crime has demonstrated a knack for creating deadly mayhem in Gotham, and now that threat has come to the dangerous streets of Arkham City.
Watch the new video embedded below or click here for the HD option.

Batman: Arkham City is due on Australian shelves for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on October 19th 2011 with the PC version following at a yet-to-be-determined date in November. For more details on the game, read up here for all of our extensive coverage on the game.






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Latest Comments
DM
Posted 01:25pm 26/9/11
Thought PC version was delayed a month or 2 for no reason?
Dan
Posted 01:27pm 26/9/11
Whoops. Force of habit, fixed.
tspec
Posted 01:34pm 26/9/11
There should totally be an achievement for correcting a news post :) I'd be interested to know if anyone even cares about the Arkham games on PC though, e.g. did the first one sell well on PC? Apart from going cheap on Steam during their sales. They seem better suited to a console / lounge room environment.
Shao
Posted 02:18pm 26/9/11
i played the 1st one on PC, bought it when it released, used an xbox control tho.
kinda annoys me that i get screwed for no reason with release dates, but i'd rather wait and have it on pc then play on consol
Eorl
Posted 03:01pm 26/9/11
Don't understand the notion for a month delay, when it's gone gold...
paveway
Posted 03:05pm 26/9/11
consoles yeeeeeeewwww
V
Posted 04:31pm 26/9/11
Perhaps they need to extra time to implement Hi-Res textures and whatever DX11 features that they've stated they're putting in the PC version. It makes me sad face that it's been pushed back, but if they're putting in the effort to do the PC version justice I can wait.
trog
Posted 04:33pm 26/9/11
Perhaps they need to extra time to implement Hi-Res textures and whatever DX11 features that they've stated they're putting in the PC version. It makes me sad face that it's been pushed back, but if they're putting in the effort to do the PC version justice I can wait.
^ 2nded. Considering how surprisingly good the PC version of this was I'd rather wait in the hope that it will make it more awesome.
carson
Posted 07:11pm 26/9/11
Cannot wait for this. Gonna rock.
Midda
Posted 07:44pm 26/9/11
I still don't know what platform I want to get this one yet. :(
rrrocket
Posted 07:56pm 26/9/11
I'm getting it on PC it's gonna rock harder on my pc than your console.
paveway
Posted 08:00pm 26/9/11
considering it was made for console - unlikely
ravn0s
Posted 08:08pm 26/9/11
asylum was made for console and yet it was vastly superior on pc.





BladeRunner
Posted 08:21pm 26/9/11
I am the only person who does not care for these games it seems. I do have the first one for PC but I don't get why its so awesome like people go on about.
f**les
Posted 08:29pm 26/9/11
What games do you think are awesome BladeRunner?
paveway
Posted 09:30pm 26/9/11
no pc only gamer bias ravnos
infi
Posted 09:55pm 26/9/11
yeah! can't wait.
ravn0s
Posted 10:27pm 26/9/11
no pc only gamer bias ravnos


whatever you say guy
Khel
Posted 11:11pm 26/9/11
I'm getting it on PC it's gonna rock harder on my pc than your console


I'll be playing it a couple of months earlier on console though, so it balances out
ZeeDoktor
Posted 12:12am 27/9/11
I'll be playing it a couple of months earlier on console though, so it balances out


*Raises one eyebrow quizzically* Considering they're releasing the PC version in November, how exactly will you be playing it a couple of months before us.....? Also us PC players will get the pleasure of the finer details which is what I love when dev's show us some love :P.
Nerfy
Posted 12:38am 27/9/11
Sif play games on anything but pc, sif even play console games on anything but pc. :P
paveway
Posted 08:16am 27/9/11
adapt or get left behind imo
Nerfy
Posted 08:20am 27/9/11
adapt or get left behind imo

phwa
paveway
Posted 08:31am 27/9/11
f*****g lol

that's some big jumps they're predicting there

while so many games are still being for console and ported to pc, my comment remains :]

once the next gen of consoles come out that will all swing around anyway
Nerfy
Posted 08:32am 27/9/11
Give browser gaming a few more years - maybe even months. ;)
Khel
Posted 08:42am 27/9/11
That first graph just seems like bulls***, why would sales of games on consoles decline over the next four years when all they've been doing is growing bigger and bigger? The vast majority of console gamers aren't going to switch to PC gaming no matter how superior it is, because they're not tech-savvy PC gaming types. Plus, like pave said, new consoles will be out in a few years and the domination will continue.

Not that I'm anti-PC, I love my PC gaming, but you gotta be realistic about the state of the industry instead of just wishing upon a star.

Considering they're releasing the PC version in November, how exactly will you be playing it a couple of months before us.....?


Yeah, fair call. But it'll still be out at least a month earlier on consoles, and I'm way too impatient to sit there for a month not playing it, I've been waiting for this game for too long already :P I was always planning on getting it on console anyway though, games like this I've always played on consoles, just seems to fit for me. I spend all day sitting in front of a computer for work, so sometimes I like to play my games spread out on the lounge in front of a big tv instead of getting more computer face-time.
paveway
Posted 08:52am 27/9/11
yeah sounds like a load of s*** article no doubt written by a PC only gamer

i'm same as khel i'm a PC gamer from way back but the majority of s*** is just done better on consoles these days - no matter how much you whinge and complain the console juggernaught is only going to get bigger with all the noob kids these days far more likely to get a console than build a pc for gaming

adapt or get left behind
groganus
Posted 08:59am 27/9/11
I played the first on PS3 and really enjoyed it, Wouldn't mind picking the 2nd up for PS3 aswell..

Will avoid collectors edition due to how lame the original CE was.
Nerfy
Posted 09:30am 27/9/11
adapt or get left behind

HTML5, WebGL, Flash Whatever-Is-Next, and Smart-phones, look to take a sizeable chunk of the gaming market to browsers, from what I've seen. People love these games now, when given a chance, and they're rapidly getting better. Sims on facebook has reached over 60 million players within a few weeks of launching, while still relying on cruddy old standard flash tech, and is immune to piracy. ;) The social and casual elements add a huge boost which pc/console games struggle to match, and these are much easier to get easy or lazy access to. Entertainment value is still pretty high, graphics prove not to be everything in this arena, for example the D&D game, which plays similar to oldschool bioware and interplay games, is proving to be pretty addictive in the same manner as the old ones. We shall seeeee, I guess.
paveway
Posted 09:28am 27/9/11
yeah i don't really care aboout browser gaming on facebook

i see you seem to think you're pretty clever because you're including that in your argument

but you know full well we're talking about proper games here - PC VS Console

which the pc is taking a beating

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Khel
Posted 09:31am 27/9/11
Browser games are an entirely separate market though, people who currently play games like BF3 or Call or Duty or Gears of War aren't going to switch to browser games. I've played that Sims game on facebook as well but its just a small time-filler while I'm waiting for something to build or need to kill 5 minutes, its not a replacement for real gaming. Just because 60 million people are playing that doesn't mean theres suddenly 60 million people who aren't playing other games.
Nerfy
Posted 09:36am 27/9/11
yeah i don't really care aboout browser gaming on facebook
but you know full well we're talking about proper games here

I'm saying that proper games may well soon be in Browsers. :P

Just because 60 million people are playing that doesn't mean theres suddenly 60 million people who aren't playing other games.

I just mean that it's an indication of where the market may well head, due to the size of the audience there. Some of those games are very playable over longer periods (but often with short gaming sessions, which I'm suddenly finding much easier to reconcile with a lack of much free time), and the tech is improving rapidly.
paveway
Posted 09:36am 27/9/11
the majority of people that play those browser games aren't taking market share away from proper PC games or console games simply because most of those people (young teen girls) that play those games aren't gamers ie. if there wasn't some browser game they can click on in facebook or whatever they wouldn't go out and buy a console or upgrade their computer to play battlefield...

infact they would most likely own nintendo DS's etc

also beaten by khel
Nerfy
Posted 09:44am 27/9/11
Nintendo DSs would make the bulk of the console sales would they not?

As the tech gets better, I suspect that the divide will decrease. Many gamers I know are having just as much fun in these games as they do triple with A titles, it's not a "lesser" type of game, but is rather a different type of game, essentially large turn based mmos with benefits from interacting with friends. Anyway, it's one possibility of many, but I'm thinking that it's currently looking to be a very possible outcome for games in the next few years. Many people (not all) can probably be tempted away from "better graphics" with easier and more casual access (see consoles over pcs now, or pokemon versus crysis).
Enska
Posted 09:46am 27/9/11
DS's making the bulk of console sales? lol.
Nerfy
Posted 09:51am 27/9/11
DS's making the bulk of console sales? lol.

The wii and ds were ahead by miles in 2009.
The total hardware sales figures for 2009 are as follows:
DS: 11,185,400 – up 12.4% (from 2008)
Wii: 9,594,000 – down 5.7%
Xbox 360: 4,770,700 – up 0.8%
PS3: 4,334,500 – up 22.3%
PSP: 2,495,900 – down 34.8%
PS2: 1,799,900 – down 28.1%


Six times as many people play the sims on facebook within a few weeks of launching, as had bought a ds in 09.
paveway
Posted 09:55am 27/9/11
i think handhelds are considered in their own market share of gaming

but you'd find most people with them have a console/pc at home for gaming, they don't sit on their couch playing their DS, as well as how hand helds integrate with their console big brothers these days (psp -> ps3) etc

when they are releasing top notch games like battlefield 4 through a browser, i'll believe you

until then you're just not really even considering the facts on hand and basically speaking s***, too much froth at the mouth from a one eyed pc gamer
Khel
Posted 09:56am 27/9/11
But how many of those 60 million people spend any money? I've got a tonne of people on my friends list who play that sims game now, but they all laugh at the idea of actually spending money on it.
Enska
Posted 09:57am 27/9/11
... I think you'll find those figures drastically different given it's now 2011 but anyway, carry on.
Nerfy
Posted 10:02am 27/9/11
Heh promise you that there's zero froth, just a jovial suspicion that a great deal of current gamers are going to find themselves just as happy with casual social networking games once the current generation of tech begins to be realised. The graphics won't be as good no, JavaScript won't allow it (though Google is trying a one-browser answer to that, but it's no good if it doesn't work in all), but as demonstrated by the Nintendo sales, graphics may not be the most important part, in the end, and I suspect that much of the current crowd can be pulled over.

But how many of those 60 million people spend any money? I've got a tonne of people on my friends list who play that sims game now, but they all laugh at the idea of actually spending money on it.

Ads make money, but if you get even a few percent spending money (and the rest creating the user experience), it can still far outstrip a semi decent desktop or console title.
trog
Posted 10:02am 27/9/11
Eurogamer have more on the PC version: http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2011-09-25-rocksteady-pc-batman-worth-the-wait
"If you do have a super powerful high-end PC, you are going to see higher detail textures," Hill explained. "You are going to see a more richly realised world. But having said that, given there are so many console gamers in there, we're always fine-tuning to get the game to run super smooth on Xbox and PS3. The console versions look great as well.

"All of the source textures and assets are done at a very very high res and we make them work on all the different SKUs. People will really love the PC version when it comes out.

"The wait will definitely be worth it. The PC version has just been pushed back, but it's only by a couple of weeks, so hopefully no-one will be too upset about it. We're working as hard as we can to get it out as soon as we can."
So, I'm fine with the delay. Of course I'll be waiting for the sale price anyway
Nerfy
Posted 10:07am 27/9/11
How'd you end up liking the first one Trog? (aside from, appreciating the aspects that Harley brought to it, which I think you mentioned :P)
copuis
Posted 10:09am 27/9/11
just look at GTA, there are moments on the Xbox where it is possible to drive into places that have yet to be "drawn" and the console has to catch up"

with a PC you could get a different Video card, stick more ram into, raid a couple of SSD, all to limit load time, and give a better feel (and load time) to the game

console,........wait till they, er maybe release a new console, in what, 3 more years?

PC will rock, harder than console,
Enska
Posted 10:20am 27/9/11
Oh yeah, because throwing a few hundred dollars worth of gear in your pc to enjoy graphical superiority is completely justifiable to everyone isn't it?..
paveway
Posted 10:19am 27/9/11
that old chestnut
trog
Posted 10:21am 27/9/11
How'd you end up liking the first one Trog? (aside from, appreciating the aspects that Harley brought to it, which I think you mentioned :P)
I really liked it; I was very surprised - mostly that it was a really awesome port for PC (not counting Windows Live f****ry). I'm a big Batman fan so really dug on that stuff.

My only real complaint was about the voice acting; it's 2011 and everything still feels like two people reading lines in geographically remote locations. There's no proper natural flow in any of the scenes, they all felt stilted.
Any
Posted 10:29am 27/9/11
Why don't people understand that a pc can be connected up to a tv? And that they could even hook it up to a tv in their living room? And that you can connect gamepads to a pc? And that you can use that gamepad, connected to that pc, connected to your tv, in the living room, while sitting on the couch!?

It's genius! And it's superior in every way to a console assuming you have a decent pc and the arms and legs with which to move it.
paveway
Posted 10:42am 27/9/11
seriously, we're meant to move our pc's between rooms so we can casually play on a tv - sometimes ?

froth froth
Nerfy
Posted 11:10am 27/9/11
I really liked it; I was very surprised - mostly that it was a really awesome port for PC (not counting Windows Live f****ry). I'm a big Batman fan so really dug on that stuff.

Yeah I was a huge fan of the animated series as a kid (though somehow entirely forgot until around the second time I watched Begins and it all came flooding back, rewatched 3 seasons for good measure).

I think I can see what you mean about the voice acting, and it's odd that they perhaps got it so wrong in terms of feeling connected, given that they were working with all the same voice actors who have been doing it for years (unless you meant that the cartoon suffers from it as well). I'm struggling to think of a decent game that doesn't suffer from that at least a bit in retrospect, maybe Ridd*** - Escape from Butchers Bay (very similar to batman actually, and very very awesome, definite play for everybody imo - heard they remade it recently too, but haven't checked it out).

tvs and stuff

Who the hell owns a tv and/or couch? No wonder you guys can't afford umart pcs. :P
Any
Posted 11:20am 27/9/11
Only if you can't afford a second pc Pave. Can setup a media pc that'll play most games in higher detail than consoles for a relatively small cost. Anyway I'd suggest batman:ac is the kind of game you would kind of dedicate some time to.
paveway
Posted 11:30am 27/9/11
lol of course, now we're talking about buying another pc

or maybe i could just buy a console... that will stream media too and is cheaper..

FROTTHHH
DM
Posted 11:37am 27/9/11
Catchoftheday is going to be selling PS3s for $199 in about an hour or so. I mean god damn if you wanted one now is the chance. Along with $50, 20" benq monitors, $130 3DS and $5 nerf longstrike guns which I mean are just awesome. Sorry to sound like a plug but cmon cheap as hell ps3? someone may be interested here.

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Any
Posted 12:00pm 27/9/11
I'm pretty sure a pc will stream media with way fewer limitations than a console. Add to that the fact that you can add a tuner or 4, and anything else you like, and the pc is the much more flexible option. Well worth the slightly higher investment imo. Perfect for PVR / modern gaming / mame & retro gaming / bluray player / streaming / whatever you want.
Khel
Posted 12:20pm 27/9/11
I already have a PC, why would I go and spend money on another one when my ps3 and xbox 360 handle my lounge room TV game playing perfectly fine. Best of both worlds this way, cos if I want to play something on PC I can and if I want to play it on console I can.
paveway
Posted 12:25pm 27/9/11
hi5
Enska
Posted 12:57pm 27/9/11
f*** now I need two PC's to play on a pc? there's logic there somewhere.
paveway
Posted 01:12pm 27/9/11
no you need 2 pc's to play games originally designed to be played on a console lols
Any
Posted 01:31pm 27/9/11
meh, I have a gaming pc, a media pc with specs high enough to run games like ssf4ae at highest (which looks way better on my tv than the ps3 version does), and a ps3 + wii + 360. I am therefore qualified to say that games like arkham asylum are superior on a good media pc attached to the tv compared to their console counterparts. I think the main point I raised was that pc gaming and living room / lounge chair / tv gaming are not mutually exclusive.
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