This summer will obviously be a huge one for Batman fans as “The Dark Knight Rises” descends into theaters July 20, concluding the Christopher Nolan’s saga begun back in 2005 with “Batman Begins.” However, it looks like players may also be able to continue the adventure themselves in video game form.
According to a story posted by popular UK site MCV, a listing from a major High Street retailer indicates WB Games, the producers of last year’s bestselling “Batman: Arkham City,” is working on a game based on Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises.” Although no actual game details were revealed, the listing indicates the product will be a full retail release, rather than a downloadable title like February’s “Gotham City Impostors.”
The history behind games based on Batman films has been a bit rocky on consoles ever since Electronic Arts released “Catwoman” in 2004 with a mediocre reception from critics. EA continued releasing DC movie video game tie-ins with a “Batman Begins” game in 2005 and despite its high level of detail and the full involvement of the movie’s voice cast, it also performed badly, generating an aggregate score of 65 on Metacritic. Plans were being made to produce a game based on “The Dark Knight,” with “Star Wars Battlefront” developer Pandemic Studios at the helm but the project was cancelled in 2008 and the studio closed shortly after.
Although WB Games hasn’t officially commented on the project, it’s easy to see why there would be interest in releasing a tie-in game considering the millions of units “Arkham City” has sold since its release last year. Hopefully, “The Dark Knight Rises” won’t follow “The Dark Knight” into developmental limbo.