The next chapter in the Batman: Arkham saga is inevitably coming, though if this latest info is any indication, it’ll not only be available by the end of this year, but it also won’t be developed by the series’ developer, Rocksteady Studios.

During the recent Warner Bros. earning call, chief administrative officer John K. Martin said the following:

“And we also have a strong games release this year, which will include the next release in the Batman Arkham franchise. So all in all, we expect Warners to post another very strong year in 2013. And with a little luck, the year should be as good or maybe even a little bit better than 2012.”

Fall 2013 is approaching faster than you think, and we haven’t heard anything on this game yet, which probably means we’ll see a reveal of the title at this year’s E3. Recently, Warner Bros. has expressed interest in trying to incorporate several of DC’s Justice League characters into the game and setting it during the golden age of DC Comics’ superhero timeline. Supposedly, the game will be a prequel to the last two Arkham games and involves Batman’s first encounter with the Joker.

However, alongside that good news comes some rather worrisome news as well. According to VG 24/7, sources have told them that Rocksteady Studios, the developers behind the previous games, is not involved with this project. In fact, neither is writer Paul Dini, who stated last year that he was not signed on for another Arkham title despite being willing to return. Considering the amount of praise that has been given to Dini and Rocksteady for their work on the game, it’s easy to be worried about how this prequel will turn out. Would any other developer really do as good a job as Rocksteady? Unless an equally talented developer is assigned, we’re kind of doubting it.

Stay tuned for more news on this upcoming Arkham title, and be sure to leave us your thoughts in the comments below and on our forums.

Michael Urban
Now an occasional contributer, Michael Urban is the former Editor-in-Chief at OnlySP and has the nickname "Breadcrab" for reasons his therapist still doesn't understand. From the moment he first got hacked in Runescape, he's been uninterested in multiplayer games and has pursued the beauty of the single-player experience, especially in terms of story and creative design. His hobbies include reading, writing, singing in the shower, pretending to be productive, and providing info and feedback regarding the games industry. It is an industry, right? You can ask him a question or send him spam at Also, follow him on Twitter or the terrorists win. (@MichaelUrban1)

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  1. Now I’m not saying Rocksteady is better than every other dev out there, but this does have me concerned.

    Either way, think it’s gonna be a next gen title?

  2. lets just hope whoever makes it is just as good as rocksteady

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