Superman isn’t right for games says Rocksteady

As the developers behind the current-generation Batman games, Rocksteady Studios has proved that it knows more than a thing or two about the superhero genre.

So why hasn’t DC’s other flagship hero, Superman, ever seen a good game himself? NowGamer put that question towards Rocksteady, and got an interesting answer. “I think Superman is a very difficult character,” the company’s Dax Ginn explained. “He’s an incredible character, but the thing about Batman is that he’s so vulnerable, like physically vulnerable. The fertile territory of games design is being able to provide the player with opportunities for power, but also letting them know that they’ve got something to lose.

“With Batman, you feel very powerful when you’re surrounded by 25 thugs who’ve just got baseball bats, but give just one of them an assault rifle and it changes the entire dynamic of the fight. But with a character like Superman, that’s not possible. So, I wouldn’t want to throw Batman away because he’s just such a brilliant character to work with, and the psychology of him is just very rich for gameplay.”

The Dark Knight is no stranger to ho-hum videogames, but Superman has seen some real stinkers over the years. We’re all up for another shot at becoming the Man of Steel, though.