Batman: Arkham Knight, the next chapter in the “Arkham” series from returning Rocksteady games, or as some of you might know it as, “the reason you ran out and bought a current generation system”(well, that was me anyway,) has been delayed until an undetermined time in 2015. The “Arkham” games have traditionally been late in the year games: Asylum launched in August 2009 with City, Origins and Origins: Blackgate all launching in the October month. Whether Arkham Knight releases as a spring title or gets delayed a full year into late 2015 is remained to be seen.
What caused the delay? According to Dax Ginn from Rocksteady it’s a simple matter of quality and wanting the game to be as exceptional as possible:
“Now Batman: Arkham Knight is totally awesome,…The thing about awesome, though, is awesome takes time. And totally awesome takes a lot of time. So in collaboration with our colleagues at Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment and DC Comics, we have decided to extend the development time of Batman: Arkham Knight. Now, the very simple reason for doing this is to ensure we are delivering the awesome level of quality that Batman fans and gamers expect from this, the final episode and the epic conclusion to the Rocksteady Arkham trilogy. The Dark Knight will face his ultimate challenge in Batman: Arkham Knight now to be released in 2015.”
I’m not going to lie and say it doesn’t sting that we won’t get to play Arkham Knight this year, however if this Rocksteady’s swan song in the series, I for one want them to release the final product when they feel it’s up to their standards and not a second before then.
In the meantime, WB Games was considerate enough to slot in Lego Batman 3: Before Gotham this year so there’s comfort to be taken in that.