While Marvel dominates the big screen, DC fans have a television aplenty with shows such as Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow. In the realm of video games, Marvel is stepping up its video game offerings, but everyone's waiting for the next big thing from DC.
Here's everything we know about the next Batman game and anything else DC might have coming our way.
The Arkham series of Batman games has been the workhorse of DC Comics' video game presence since its first installment in 2009. Whether or not the next installment of the Batman franchise will continue to use the Arkham name is unknown, but there's almost certainly a new Batman title in development. Early last year, Byte-Size Impressions released a few early rumors about the game:
- Damian Wayne will be the protagonist
- The story takes place in the "not-so-distant future"
- The Batcycle will replace the Batmobile
- The city will be be bigger and more immersive - not evacuated
- The Batcave will be upgradable
For those unfamiliar with the extended lore of Batman, Damian Wayne is Bruce Wayne's extra violent son who was raised by the League of Assassins. Damian briefly replaced his father as Batman, but is more notable for his tenure as one of the Robins.
The game—or at least, a Batman game—may have been accidentally confirmed in a WB Games Montreal recruitment video. The video briefly shows an in-development Batman game on a developer's computer monitor.
WB Games Montreal has not officially confirmed the development of this title. As such, we don't have any indication of a release date whatsoever. The game is also unlikely to include shark-punching, but that's just a guess.
#Injustice2 is the only upcoming #DCComics game with any concrete information. This fighting game, developed by Mortal Kombat creator NetherRealm Studios, pits DC's greatest heroes and villains in direct confrontation. Currently, there are 27 known members of the game's roster:
- Black Canary
- Blue Beetle
- Captain Cold
- Doctor Fate
- Gorilla Grodd
- Green Arrow
- Green Lantern
- Harley Quinn
- Poison Ivy
- Swamp Thing
- Wonder Woman
Injustice 2 introduces select RPG-like mechanics, including a level-up and loot-dropping system to increase and customize characters' base stats. The game will also include microtransactions to acquire cosmetics such as alternate skins and outfits. NetherRealms has confirmed microtransactions will be purely cosmetic and separate from gear and leveling.
Injustice 2 is scheduled to release May 16, 2017 on PS4 and Xbox One with mobile versions to follow at an undetermined date. If you're interested in picking up the game, check out the pre-order bonuses before it's too late.
After Injustice 2, we move into the realm of rumor and potential disappointment. While a Suicide Squad game was likely in development from WB Games Montreal, signs point to the game having been canceled. The initial rumors for Suicide Squad appeared on NeoGAF, sharing the following details:
- The game is a "brawler"
- You create your own character with a level-up system
- Co-op gameplay
- Described as "Borderlands-esque"
However, we've heard nothing more about the game since then. Sources told Kotaku the game was likely canceled during a recent shakeup at WB Games Montreal. The developer may have doubled down on the aforementioned Batman title.
The Superman game rumors don't hold much more weight than the Suicide Squad rumors. The only source is from reddit user TheLeakguin who claims to be a slighted employee of WB Games and/or Rocksteady. Though TheLeakguin states he's working on the new Arkham title, he also shares information about an unannounced Superman game under development by Rocksteady.
So far, TheLeakguin is the one and only source of information about this game and, in the three months since the information was initially shared, nothing else has come to light beyond potential leaked concept art. Games take years to develop, so a Superman game might still be happening, but there's no other information available about it yet.
With Marvel increasing its gaming presence, DC's previous gaming dominance via the Arkham franchise is starting to look anemic. DC's roster is stellar (see: Injustice 2), so their relative lack of games is disappointing.