Another AAA title, another delay. This time, Batman won’t be knocking around thugs until 2015.
Remember when we told you that Batman: Arkham Knight was going to be coming this year? Well, Warner Bros and Rocksteady Studios has made a liar out of us, since they have delayed the game until some time next year.
“We just want to make the best experience we possibly can and we need more time to do that,” said Guy Perkins of Rocksteady. “I think what we’ve shown so far is a super ambitious project and we just want to make sure we are giving Batman fans and gamers the best Batman experience that we can possibly deliver and that just takes time. I think we would be doing fans a disservice if we didn’t spend the time on the title.”
Could the delay have anything to do with the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 offering unexpected problems for a development team? Perkins said that pitfalls are part of the planning.
“I think it’s just a case of we just want it to be really great,” he said. “There are challenges inherent with moving across these new platforms but we always envisioned the game on that new hardware.”
As for any hope of seeing the game on the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3, Perkins said that next-gen is needed for what they have planned. “We realized that this is a super ambitious project,” he said. “We’re introducing a game world that’s five times larger than what we’ve done before at a level of insane detail that we’ve always had in our games and blowing that out even more. We’ve got whole new lighting and water models. We’ve got super high-detailed character models. All of that stuff, it needs optimizing. It needs to work as well as it can do to put it all together into this amazing experience that we’re pushing for. It just takes time.”
And for those that weren’t aware, the Arkham Knight in the title does not refer to Batman, but some new villain that RockSteady and DC are cooking up for the game. Scarecrow, Two-Face, Penguin, and Harley Quinn are already confirmed for the game as well.
Find out the latest on what Rocksteady has planned in Greg’s new preview from the pre-E3 event. And know you’ll just have to wait that much longer to try it out on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.