Developer Rocksteady has received a lot of praise from both fans and critics alike for its Batman: Arkham series. But after the next entry, Arkham Knight, which is said to wrap up the trilogy, Rocksteady will be walking away from the Caped Crusader and the Arkham series. In talking with IGN, Dax Ginn explained the reasoning behind the decision, saying it was one that Rocksteady came to on its own with Warner Bros. and DC Comics buying into their decision. Ginn said, “We’ve done all we can do here. It’s…it’s kind of time for us to walk away from it.”
Ginn further explained, “Anything we do is a collective decision between Rocksteady, Warner Brothers, and DC Comics. But it was something that we were really pushing for because we had a really clear vision for how this story should end, and the way we wanted it to end.”
One of the big additions to Arkham Knight is that players finally get to drive the Batmobile, and have a large Gotham to do it in. “For us I think the Batmobile is that final thing. It’s such a critical part of the game, the epicenter of the design, but once we’ve done this, I don’t know we’re ever going to feel liked we’ve missed out on a critical piece of what it feels like to be Batman. That was kind of our driving force all along.”
Just because Rocksteady is done with the Arkham series, it may not preclude them from ever touching the character again. It’s always possible they could work on a game that has Batman in it if tapped by Warner Bros. and DC Comics, maybe in the context of a game that features a wider look at the DC Universe, like in a Superman game or one featuring the Justice League. WB Games Montreal, who developed Batman: Arkham Origins, may continue the series, if another installment is wanted after Arkham Knight. So, where does Rocksteady go from here?
Ginn joked, “I’ve had a dream of us just shuttering the studio and walking away like rockstars, ‘We’re done here!’ Our attitude is, if we deliver on Arkham Knight, smash it out of the park, the opportunities we’ll have in the future will be massive. we will be able to control our own destiny in that respect.”
Rocksteady is certainly looking to go out with a bang, promising an “explosive ending” to the series. We’ll see if they achieve that goal when the game drops later this year.
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