It’s approaching three years since the release of Batman: Arkahm Knight, and since then the only thing Batman related that has come out of WB Games is the Batman: Arkham VR experience for PSVR as well as rumors and conjecture. The rumor that was never substantiated by anyone from WB Games that was circling was that the next Batman game proper would feature a grown up Damian Wayne who had taken over the role from his father, Bruce Wayne. The new rumblings now however point to a second return to the past of the Dark Knight in the Arkham universe with a follow-up to 2013’s underrated Batman: Arkham Origins from the same development team at WB Games Montreal.
This news comes from Reddit user IAmBatmanArkham who claims to be a “soon-to-be-former-WB-employee” who is leaving the company because of issues with management. The Reddit User got into great detail regarding the Origins sequel, apparently dubbed Batman: Arkham Insurgence which takes place three years after the events that transpired in Batman: Arkham Origins. This time yet another break out has occurred at Arkham Asylum and Blackgate prison, once again forcing the GCPD to fence off a section of Gotham City away from the public, though remnants of them will still remain in the zone needing protection from Batman who will get a less armored and more ninja-esque makeover. This time a coastal area of Gotham around the size of the Batman: Arkham Knight map will be featured and the game will use the same engine as Knight.
Joining Batman will be Robin, a returning Dick Grayson who was featured in the Arkham Origins multiplayer mode who has been with Batman for around two and a half years. Villain wise there’s no mention of the Joker this time, with the main protagonist being Owlman and the Court of the Owls. Traditional Batman villains like Two-Face, Anarky and Dollmaker among others are set to make appearances. The controversial Batmobile is reported to return from Knight with a few tweaks, the main one being that there will be no “Bat-Tank” this time around with the vehicle used mostly for chase sequences, however weapons will still play a factor.
IAmBatmanArkham also goes on to say that the cancelled Suicide Squad game rumor is indeed true, as well as the Damian Wayne Batman game which was stuck in development hell yet set to make a 2018 release. Insurgence is planned to release by the end of this year, but given that it has yet to be made official, its release may indeed slip. Updates as they’re made available and official.
UPDATE: Thanks to commenter ValDMU2, it appears that this news has been proven false by two parties. The first is voice actor Roger Craig Smith who voiced Batman in Batman: Arkham Origins and the second is Kotaku’s Jason Schreier who debunked the claim in a post on neogaf.
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