Rocksteady Reportedly Working On A New Batman Game, Entitled Batman: Arkham Crisis

You might’ve probably heard of the Batman Arkham games that have been wildly successful over the past decade.

In the gaming industry, the Batman IP and developer Rocksteady have become something of a Dynamic Duo of their own, giving gamers three (not talking about you, Arkham Origins) spectacular action-stealth games featuring the Caped Crusader at his finest, from the claustrophobic Arkham Asylum in 2009, to the exponentially larger and more epic Arkham City in 2011, and rounding off with the Knightfall protocol in 2015’s Arkham Knight.

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It’s a tough act to follow, should anyone try to fill in Rocksteady’s shoes. It seems that Rocksteady, however, will reprise their role as the developer of the Batman Arkham games with a new entry in the franchise – Batman: Arkham Crisis.

Rumours that Rocksteady was working on a Superman game last year have now been finally laid to rest (for now at least), with Arkham Crisis reportedly set to release sometime in the fall of 2019, according to PlayStation Lifestyle.

The website also states that this news originated from a playtester of the new Arkham game, who also reported that the team making the game is attempting to come up with a title worthy of “Game of the Year”.

As for what Batman: Arkham Crisis is about, it revolves around the story of the Dark Knight tangling with the shadowy Court of Owls.

The Court of Owls first featured in the Batman New 52 comics in 2011, written by Scott Snyder and illustrated by Greg Capullo.

For the uninitiated, the Court of Owls is a formidable modern new entry in Batman’s Rogues Gallery, a clandestine organised crime syndicate that had existed since the Colonial Times in Gotham City, pulling the city’s financial and political strings from underground, and kidnapping young circus performers to be trained as undead assassins called Talons.

The last time we saw Batman fare against this sinister syndicate back in Scott Snyder’s phenomenal run in DC Comics in 2011, the Dark Knight nearly succumbed to insanity. To see the Court of Owls in video game format will be a tantalising prospect for many a Batman fan, indeed.

Beware the court of owls.

More information regarding Batman: Arkham Crisis includes a potential co-op mode, which is a step up from the single-player “co-op” modes as seen in the previous entries, which just allowed the player to switch between Batman and the other members of the Bat-family in combat.

Of course, all these rumours are just rumours, especially coming from an unnamed playtester, so a grain of salt should definitely be taken. But it’s always nice to have some wishful thinking, especially if it’s a Batman Arkham game from Rocksteady.