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Rocksteady’s Next Game… Superman?
Posted on 4th November, 2017 - By Jonathan Hezzlewood
Is it a Bird? Is it a Plane?
No. At this stage it’s just a rumour. But it’s a good and intriguing one. Having now left Gotham City, Rocksteady – the developers behind the critically-acclaimed Batman: Arkham series; may be moving to Metropolis for a new IP – Superman.
Given the brilliant job Rocksteady did with Batman, finally making the Dark Knight cool again – in a video game. I can’t imagine publisher; Warner Bros., passing up the chance to have them cast the same magic on a Man of Steel project.
Rumour has it, the December 2017 cover of Game Informer will feature the announcement of Rocksteady Studios‘ next project, and that the project will be centred around the Last Son of Krypton.
Now, the source of this rumour is 4chan, and although in the past some things reported have turned-out to be true, at this stage I’d recommend taking it with a pinch of salt. That said, it’s still fun to speculate, so here goes…
Saying Goodbye to Batman
Okay, let me be honest. When Rocksteady‘s first steps into the Arkhamverse took place in 2009, I was absolutely blown away.
Now, you may shake your head in disgust, but Batman: Arkham Asylum had flown completely under my bat-radar up-until it’s release. My first realisation that this game existed; was on the weekend of it’s release, as I happened to wander into a local GAME store, where I discovered the game and then immediately bought it.
The game was epic. Dark, gritty and thoroughly thought-out, with plenty of nods to all former iterations of the Batman. All of which was topped off with a strong story, great setting and a brilliant combat system.
This was then followed-up by two stellar sequels; Batman: Arkham City and Batman: Arkham Knight, both of which were developed by Rocksteady Studios. Each of these games were grander in scale and more visually stunning than ever before. Although each instalment is considered an improvement over it’s predecessor, for me; the first game is still my favourite.
Since the release of Batman: Arkham Knight – back in June 2015 – things have been pretty quiet on the Rocksteady development front.
The only bits of information we’ve had; were during the promotion of Batman: Arkham VR at an event in September 2016, where Rocksteady‘s Dax Ginn stated:
“We’re in a very enviable position where we have some time and space to decide what we’re doing next. We can sit back and think what our dream game would be, and we have Warner Bros.’ support to do that.”
He continued by saying:
“I think we’ve proven that we’re a hardworking team, we work well together, and we can really decide what’s best creatively for our own destiny.”
We also had a tantalising and tasty teaser in May of 2017. As celebration for the successful launch of Injustice 2, Rocksteady sent a “Superman” cake to developers; NetherRealm Studios.
The development team then replied via their official Injustice 2 Twitter account, thanking Rocksteady for the generous gift:
— Injustice2 (@InjusticeGame) May 26, 2017
The Arkham games have proven that Rocksteady can hold their own as a dedicated development team, who are loyal to the source material from which they work. Given they have now stepped away from the cape and cowl of Caped Crusader, for me; the only way they can “beat” the Batman games they created, would be with the only other DC comic book hero who can beat Batman… That’s right. Superman!
Not only does an open-world Superman game – in a similar vein to the Arkham games – have the potential to be truly epic! But, it is also the next logical choice.
Lets not forget that in Rocksteady‘s closing-piece to their Batman trilogy; Arkham Knight, Gotham City had plenty of nods to the boy-in-blue. From a direct phone call from Lex Luthor to Bruce Wayne‘s answering-machine in Wayne Tower, to discussions between the hired-goons, and other NPC conversations eluding to Metropolis and Superman himself.
Plus, the many other teasing Easter-eggs for the Man of Steel, including the ‘Fly to Metropolis’ posters and ‘LexCorp’ buildings and equipment.
Swipe through the gallery below to remind yourself:
The Past, Present & Future…
I know we have yet to really have a great Superman game, in-fact; we haven’t even had a ‘good’ one.
We’ve suffered the infamously broken and lame gameplay of Superman 64, the sketchy graphics and poor story of Superman Returns, and the awful Xbox exclusive that was Superman: The Man of Steel.
Currently, the DCEU is in a bit of limbo, as cinema-goers generally enjoyed Man of Steel and Wonder Woman, but disliked both Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad.
With the release of Justice League a couple of weeks away, the time for Rocksteady to announce a Superman project couldn’t be better. Now, I doubt the game will be Justice League focussed, but hopefully the announcement will show a good chunk of content, detailing what they intend to do next.
If a Superman game is announced, I expect that Rocksteady will aim for a release date around the same time as the Man of Steel sequel.
Fingers-crossed this rumour becomes reality.
Would you like to see Rocksteady tackle Superman next, or would you rather have another superhero? Perhaps Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, or even Aquaman?
Let us know in the comments below.
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