UPDATE: Just to clear up any confusion, Warner Interactive co-published Batman: Arkham Asylum with Eidos and are now squeezing them out of the equation for Batman: Arkham Asylum 2. The reason for doing so is simply to further their presence in the video game market – and not have to split all that lovely cash too many ways. I feel this is the kind of moment where a commiserative fog horn sounds…
Poor poor Eidos. Just when they had a real winner on their hands thanks to Rocksteady, Warner Bros come along and take it for themselves. It’s been confirmed (via CVG) that Warner, who own DC Comics, have secured the rights to publish Batman: Arkham Asylum 2, recently outed at Spike’s VGAs. Top man at Warner Interactive, Martin Tremblay said:
“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.”
I bet they are. BAA is still selling well making a lot of money for Eidos and its owners Square Enix so it’s no surprise that Warner want more than just a slice of that pie. How will this effect the sequel itself? Probably minimal tremors will be felt if any at all. We may see some more marketing and cross over comics or merchandise but I would have thought Rocksteady will be left well alone after developing such a highly reviewed game.