Sunday, December 13, 2009

The Joker Goes Wild In "Batman: Arkham Asylum 2"...

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has confirmed it it will be the worldwide publisher of the sequel to the video game "Batman: Arkham Asylum", currently in development with Rocksteady Studios.

"We are thrilled to build a global game franchise from 'Batman: Arkham Asylum,' which is receiving an incredible response from gamers and Batman fans around the world," said Martin Tremblay, President, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.

"Rocksteady has taken Batman to a new level in the video game space and we are committed to delivering a sequel the fans will love."

"Getting the opportunity to create 'Batman: Arkham Asylum' and seeing its success has been a dream come true for the team," said Sefton Hill, Game Director, Rocksteady Studios.

"We are honored to create the next chapter in this compelling story and promise to deliver another game worthy of the Dark Knight."

"Batman: Arkham Asylum" was released May 30, 2009, picking up the 'Batman' movie story where "The Dark Kight" feature film ended.

The action-adventure 'stealth' video game is based on DC Comics' "Batman" for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Microsoft Windows, developed by Rocksteady Studios and published by Eidos Interactive in conjunction with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment/DC Comics.

Written by veteran "Batman" comics writer Paul Dini, "Arkham Asylum" follows 'The Joker', Batman's archenemy, instigating an elaborate plot from within 'Arkham Asylum' where many of Batman's other villains have been incarcerated. Batman investigates and learns that the Joker is trying to create an army of creatures to threaten 'Gotham City', forcing him to put a stop to the Joker's plans.

The game's main characters are voiced by actors from DC's animated features including Kevin Conroy as Batman, Mark Hamill as Joker and Arleen Sorkin as 'Harley Quinn'.

The game is played as a third-person perspective action-adventure game with a primary focus on Batman's combat abilities, stealth and detective skills, using an arsenal of gadgets that can be used in both combat and exploration.

The game received a Guinness World Record for "Most Critically Acclaimed Superhero Game", selling over 2 million copies within its first two weeks of its console release.

The sequel was announced at the 2009 Spike Video Game Awards.

Sneak Peek "Batman: Arkham Asylum"...