In today’s news roundup Warner Brothers make noises regarding their upcoming plans for Batman: Arkham Asylum 2. Speculation continues surrounding the exact release date of Sony’s long over due Gran Turismo 5. And lastly, Bohemia Interactive say thank you to everyone who bought AA2 with a massive load of free downloadable content.
Batman: Arkham Asylum 2 unveiled
Batman: Arkham Asylum was one of the biggest titles of 2009. It attained all round critical acclaim, smashed Guinness World Records and is easily one of the finest superhero games ever made. Now Warner Brothers have announced they are wasting no time in getting to work on the sequel. WBIE president Martin Tremblay stated, ‘We are thrilled to build a global game franchise from Batman: Arkham Asylum, which is receiving an incredible response from gamers and fans of Batman around the world."
Although there is no word yet on platforms or a release date, Warner has released a short teaser trailer depicting the joker being tended to by Harley Quinn. Despite the fact some fans are skeptical (especially since Warner has taken over from Squre Enix/Eidos whose partnership proved to be a real winner), let’s hope this sequel isn’t just an attempt to cash-in and actually lives up to its epic predecessor. [Eurogamer]
Check out Felix's review of Batman: Arkham Asylum here.
Gran Turismo 5 for summer 2010?
There is no doubt 2010 is going to be a great year for videogames with the likes of Halo: Reach, God of War, Bioshock 2 and Splinter Cell: Conviction all due for release. However, for fans of Gran Turismo, it looks the wait continues for the fifth edition of the franchise which, at one point, was going to be released in 2009. Now, with the Gran Turismo 5 coming out in Japan sometime in March 2010, it’s possible that the racing title might hit the UK shelves sometime in Summer 2010. [GTForums]
Bohemia details free ArmA II DLC
Owners of Armed Assault 2 will be pleased to hear that Bohemia Interactive are ‘reaffirming their commitment’ to loyal customers with a major patch (1.05) which will be available this month. Bohemia CEO Marek Spanel stated: ‘We continue to be amazed by the many ways our community is constantly expanding on our game with add-ons, mods and user-made missions. With this level of continued activity surrounding our game it's our pleasure to be able to support it this extensively post launch.’
The patch will give players access to an alternate ending in which the war "has overgrown into a conflict between the USA and the Russian Federation". It also features a new multiplayer game type (up to 32 players) which has been dubbed ‘when diplomacy fails’ and which ‘includes three-side support for diplomacy between all factions’. Marek Spanel added, ‘free downloadable content as our way of saying thank you to all those who buy our games and provide us support and feedback from around the globe’. [ShackNews]