Plastation 3, Xbox 360 and PC.
North America: August 25th, 2009 (PS3, 360) and September 15th, 2009 (PC)
Europe: August 28th, 2009 (PS3, 360) and September 18th, 2009 (PC)
Batman: Arkham Asylum is an action-adventure stealth video game based on DC Comics' Batman for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Microsoft Windows. It was developed by Rocksteady Studios and published by Eidos Interactive in conjunction with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Comics. The PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game were released on August 25, 2009 in North America and August 28, 2009 in Europe, and the PC version was released on September 15 in North America and on September 18 in Europe.
The Joker attacks Gotham City's Mayor's office but is foiled by Batman, who escorts him to Arkham Asylum. Due to a recent fire at Gotham City's Blackgate Prison, a large number of sane prisoners have been temporarily relocated to Arkham, many of whom are in the Joker's gang. As Batman accompanies the guards taking the Joker inside, the asylum's security is overridden by Harley Quinn, allowing the Joker to escape and take control of the facility. Batman quickly realizes that these events, including the Blackgate fire, have all been part of the Joker's plan and that the Joker had bribed a security guard to help him escape. The Joker threatens to detonate bombs scattered around Gotham City should anyone attempt to enter Arkham, forcing Batman to work alone; however, Batman is able to rely on Commissioner Gordon and other loyal guards after Batman is able to free them. Additionally, Oracle is able to guide him through the Asylum over the radio. Batman is able to gain access to an adjunct of the Batcave he had set up years ago on the island and is able to use his sleuthing skills to learn of the Joker's plan.
Plastation 3, Xbox 360 and PC.
North America: Autumn 2011 (PS3, 360, PC)
Europe: Autumn 2011 (PS3, 360, PC)
Batman: Arkham City is the upcoming sequel to famed action-adventure stealth video game Batman: Arkham Asylum, based on DC Comics' Batman for the Playstation 3, Xbox 360 and Microsoft Windows. It is being developed by Rocksteady Studios and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Comics. The game was officially announced during the beginning of the 2009 Spike Video Game Awards.
The game is set in Gotham City, and will be similar to Batman: Arkham Asylum in its underlying gameplay. A teaser trailer was released, and featured a battered Joker, recovering from his wounds in the first game, being nursed by Harley Quinn, while Gotham descends into chaos. The sequel was confirmed by famed Batman voice actor Kevin Conroy to be "really, really dark." While relating the game's dark nature to the animated movie Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker, Conroy also said, "it involves a lot of the villains and it goes to that area – it's that dark." He also revealed that Two-Face is officially in the game. Voice artists Maurice LaMarche and Stana Katic revealed that Mr. Freeze and Talia al Ghul will feature in the game, having mentioned they will be voicing the respective characters. Wally Wingert has confirmed that the Riddler will also be in the game, though did not specify whether the character would appear physically. Catwoman will also be included, based on Game Informer first reveal of the game and the its new name Arkham City. Mark Hamill has confirmed this will be the final time he voices the Joker.
- Quincy Sharp is no longer running for mayor (may be mayor?)
- Arkham Asylum and Black Gate Prison are unfit to hold inmates
- Quincy Sharp buys off part of the slums and walls it off, creating Arkham City
- Hugo Strange is in charge of Arkham City
- Two-Face plans to execute Catwoman to gain respect of inmates
- The overdose of venom may not be what's wrong with the Joker
- You are now able to counter two attacks at once
- More puzzles
- All gadgets included in the first game are available from the start
- Side missions now feature in the game
- Gangs roam Arkham City, these are recorded in Batman's criminal database
- You find people who work for [Riddler] to find [Riddler] challenges
- Batman has his smoke bomb