"Arkham Asylum" Sequel Announced at VGAs

Spike TV's 7th Annual Video Game Awards took place on Saturday night, and the Caped Crusader was well represented throughout the ceremony, with the evening's festivities kicking off with none other than the Joker (voiced by Mark Hamill) introducing a teaser trailer for the sequel to "Batman: Arkham Asylum." As a giant green gift wrapped box opened up on the VGA stage, the Joker's thugs went through the crowd gassing everyone. The brief trailer showed what looked to be inmates from Arkham wreaking having on Gotham, as the Joker sat watching the mayhem. The Clown Prince of Crime appeared to be recovering from the events of the first game, accompanied as always by Harley Quinn. A broken bat symbol closed out the trailer, with the official website being listed as www.arkhamhasmoved.com. The website hasn't gone live yet, but it should be up and running soon, along with a projected release date and an official title.

UPDATE: The website is now live and features the teaser trailer along with the option to register for email updates about the game.

As far as the awards themselves, "Batman: Arkham Asylum" was nominated for several of them, including Best Action/Adventure Game, Best Voice (Arleen Sorkin and Mark Hamill) and Game of the Year. While the game itself didn't take home any trophies, it's developers, Rocksteady Studios, pulled a bit of an upset by taking home the "Studio of the Year Award," beating out Naughty Dog, Valve and Infinity Ward. Rocksteady's Sefton Hill and Jamie Walker accepted the award, giving special thanks to Eidos and Warner Bros. for believing in them when many questioned Rocksteady landing the contract as the developer of Arkham Asylum.

Check back with CBR for more coverage of "Batman: Arkham Asylum 2" over the next several months.

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