Rumor has it that WB Video games Montreal will reveal the way forward for Batman in videogames at DC FanDome subsequent week. Possibly it is time for Batman video video games to go into the precise future. Batman: Arkham Asylum was a game-changing expertise when it launched in 2009. 4 video games and greater than a decade later, is not it time for a change of surroundings? As a substitute of returning to the “Arkhamverse” as we all know it, there is a option to maintain that canon intact whereas exploring a model new setting with new characters and new gameplay alternatives. WB Video games Montreal ought to take a web page out of Batman: The Animated Collection’ playbook and make a Batman Past sport.
In case you aren’t conversant in the Batman Past idea, the producers of Batman: The Animated Collection got here up with it when Warner Bros. executives informed them to make Batman extra accessible to kids. The producers did not wish to tone down Batman: The Animated Collection and as a substitute got here up with a greater concept. They’d create a brand new, youthful Batman to take over Batman’s mission sooner or later.
That Batman is Terry McGinnis. Terry is a teen whose father is murdered in Gotham within the yr 2039, roughly 20 years after the Batman disappeared. Circumstances carry him into contact with Bruce Wayne. As soon as Terry discovers Bruce’s secret, he turns into the brand new Batman with Bruce performing as his mentor. Collectively, they tackle a brand new breed of villains, and a few returning favorites, within the cyberpunk setting of future Gotham Metropolis.
The present had a decidedly totally different taste from Batman: The Animated Collection, however maintained its continuity and far of what The Animated Collection nice. That is the chance a Batman Past sport presents WB Video games Montreal. By the point Batman: Arkham Knight got here out in 2015, it appeared clear that Rocksteady had pushed the core gameplay of the collection to its limits, having to hamfistedly introduce vehicular fight into the combo to verify the sport had one thing new to supply. The narrative additionally reached a pure endpoint, making the simple and less-rewarding subsequent transfer one other prequel like Batman: Arkham Origins.
WB Video games Montreal can keep away from that entice, and keep away from making one other sport like Batman: Arkham Origins that lives within the shadow of the core Batman Arkham trilogy, however taking a daring step into the longer term. Batman Past presents a model new Batman to construct a story round. It gives a model new model of Gotham Metropolis to discover. It has a complete gallery of latest rogues to place on the heart of the sport’s encounters. And better of all, Batman Past’s future-tech Batsuit presents the chance to develop new gameplay options. Quite than simply swinging and gliding round Gotham Metropolis as previously Batman Arkham video games, Batman Past might permit gamers to fly throughout its smog-choked skyline with rocket boots. And that is for starters.
The reveal of a fifth Batman Arkham sport set in the identical Arkhamverse as all of the earlier Batman Arkham video games will not excite me a lot. Let Rocksteady’s Suicide Squad sport decide up the place Arkham Knight left off. WB Montreal’s Batman sport ought to as a substitute break new floor by stepping boldly into Batman Past’s the longer term. I do know it is unlikely, however I am unable to assist hoping that subsequent week’s announcement is for one thing like Batman: Arkham Past.
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