Well Batman fans, it appears Rocksteady’s on again off again relationship with Batman is finally coming to an end, as the studio says its final goodbyes to the caped crusader and hello to its “dream game.”
I know what you’re thinking, “Haven’t we heard this same tune before from Rocksteady?” and you’re right, we have. After the studio completed Batman: Arkham Knight, the hit finale to the Arkham series, we were given the cliche “it’s not you it’s me” breakup line, and we watched with tears in our eyes as Rocksteady supposedly walked away from Batman and into the cold and rainy night. What? Don’t pretend you didn’t feel the same way! Well if you didn’t, I’m pretty sure you felt an inkling of excitement when Rocksteady announced their newest project, Batman: Arkham VR. I mean, who wouldn’t right? Batman fans actually have the opportunity to play the game AS Batman in virtual reality! Well, now that Arkham VR has gone gold, Rocksteady is once again parting ways with Batman… this time for good.
Yeah I know it hurts, but it looks like Batman fans are not the only ones on an emotional roller coaster. In an interview with Eurogamer, producer Dax Ginn opened up about his transition into a future without Batman. “We submitted Batman VR to Sony last week which was an awesome experience,” Ginn said. “One of the developers celebrated the game ‘going gold’ by dressing up in a gold spandex suit and bringing in a golden boom box.” Even though Ginn and his team are very pleased that their latest project is off to a very good start, it’s still bittersweet knowing that it will be their last. Ginn adds, “I think there’s a little bit of sadness on the team, it feels like… breaking up? The mood is really split – there’s a feeling in the office like, it’s definitely time to do something else – we all accept that. But we all know Batman so well – we all feel comfortable in the Arkhamverse.” We know what you mean Ginn, we know what you mean. For those of you that are still in the depression stage of this grief, take a moment, and get it together. For those that have moved on to the acceptance stage, meet me in the next paragraph.
So, have you managed to pry yourselves out of the fetal position? Have you retired the “Breakup Playlist”? Great! Sounds like you’re ready to move on. So what new project can we expect from Rocksteady in the future? Well here’s what Ginn had to say about that, “We’re in a very enviable position where we have some time and space to decide what we’re doing next,” he continues. “We can sit back and think what our dream game would be, and we have Warner Bros.’ support to do that. 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.”
Not big on the details, is he? Well that’s to be expected, have to leave something to the imagination, right? In the meantime, be on the look out out for Batman VR to be released this October. If you’re feeling sentimental, you can also check out the Batman: Return to Arkham Collection which includes comprehensive versions of Arkham Asylum and Arkham City, along with all previously released additional content. The Arkham Collection will be released October 18, 2016.