John K. Martin, the CFO and chief administrative officer for Warner Brothers, recently said, “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.”
Although there are no press releases regarding the announcement, there is evidence of Warner registering lots of domains including Arkham Universe, Arkham Legends, and Arkham Stories. Rocksteady Studios, which helped develop their previous Batman Arkham games, was chosen to develop the new game.
In 2009, Warner released Batman: Arkham Asylum, then in 2011 they released Batman: Arkham City. Since both games were released during the latter part of the year, it’s likely the new game will be released during the latter part of this year.
At press time, there was no word on when the new Batman Arkham title will be released. It’s speculated that the new game could be a Silver Age sequel, which was previously announced. This new game would revolve around the first time Batman met the Joker. It’s also supposed to take place in a brighter and more light-hearted era in which Ace the Bathound could hang with Batman without any questions asked and elaborate death traps abound.
The new game should give Warner Brothers another boost, as 2013 is proving to be quite a productive year for them. The company has many upcoming movie and television show projects including a “Black Mirror” inspired movie and a television series that merges “Wizard of Oz” with “Games of Thrones”.