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PS4 Sequel Batman: Arkham Knight Bites the Dust Until 2015

Posted by Sammy Barker

Too late, Two-Face

Industry veteran Mark Cerny may have paraded the PlayStation 4’s simplistic development architecture prior to release, but it doesn’t appear to have made making next-gen games that much easier. Hot on the heels of The Order: 1886 and a spate of other titles, Warner Bros has confirmed that Batman: Arkham Knight will not release until 2015. There had been rumours regarding the title’s intended deploy date earlier in the year, but they were never confirmed. Now, however, the publisher’s pointed a big fat Bat Signal in the direction of the disappointing news.

Chatting with The Escapist, developer Rocksteady’s Guy Perkins explained the reason behind the delay. “We just want to make the best experience that we possibly can, and we need more time to do that,” he said. “I think that what we've shown so far is a super ambitious project, and we just want to make sure that we are giving Batman fans and gamers the best Batman experience that we can possibly deliver, and that just takes time. I think that we would be doing fans a disservice if we didn't spend the time on the title.”

Perkins continued that, while it’s difficult developing for new hardware, this isn’t necessarily the reason for the delay. “I think that it's just a case of we just want it to be really great,” he reiterated. “There are challenges inherent with moving across to these new platforms, but we always envisioned the game on that new hardware.” In other words: greatness waits. Naturally, this is saddening news, but much like The Order: 1886, if it benefits the release in the long run, then it’s hard to be too disappointed. Besides, the Christmas launch schedule was already beginning to make our internal review planning document look as complicated as Bruce Wayne’s underground control panel.

[via escapistmagazine.com, vg247.com]

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Not-Another-Ad

#7

Not-Another-Ad said:

I'm kinda peeved about that but hey at least Rocksteady isn't rushing it.
I should think Lego Bats 3 also was another factor of the delay.

MadchesterManc

#8

MadchesterManc said:

Wasn't the 2014 release only rumoured anyway? Calm down children. I would've found the game releasing this year to be more surprising & worrysome than the news of a 2015 release that we now have.

Jaz007

#9

Jaz007 said:

Dang, oh well. While it stinks, I guess it's for the best. I guess early next will be good because of this alone. They will probably announce something at E3 that would come around near this that will make a good thing anyway.

hydeks

#12

hydeks said:

This is extremely disappointing, I basicly have no reason now to get a next gen console till 2015 :-P

rastamadeus

#14

rastamadeus said:

A shame. But I trust Rocksteady to make the game worth the wait.

@MadchesterManc By rumoured you mean on the official reveal video? It ended with a ma-ha-sive 'COMING 2014' sign.

@get2sammyb Christmas is going to be woeful though. A game you can get for free so why buy it and a bit prettier Last Of Us? Be still my beating heart. This was the one good big PS4 game this year and now... more dust for the machine. Alas. E3 better have something. EDIT: Forgot about Farcry 4 but as @SimonAdebisi says if we follow the trend that will probably get delayed too.

BL_Donth

#15

BL_Donth said:

The wait is going to be worth it. We're still getting TLOU Remastered, Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition, and Far Cry 4 this year to name a few.

Chouzetsu

#16

Chouzetsu said:

@BL_Donth I agree. With all the games already coming to PS4, I can certainly wait until next year for this one.
2015 will be known as "Year of the Batmobile" to me :D

Bad-MuthaAdebisi

#18

Bad-MuthaAdebisi said:

@rastamadeus the team behind farcry 4 must be pretty happy about all these delays. I can see a whole lot of delayed titles piling up and selling pretty shoddily, regardless of whether or not they're any good. Now for delays to witcher, dragon age, alien and evolve. Destiny and farcry it is then. Hopefully evil within and drive club stay in 2014 too. Meh

LDXD

#19

LDXD said:

Wow ohh well to many games I want come out around that time anyway but it sucks we keep getting delay after delay :(

dynasty889

#20

dynasty889 said:

I was really looking forward to getting this for Christmas this year. Oh well, at least when it comes out next year, it will be an extremely good game. Seems like I need to find another PS4 game to get this Christmas then...

Munkyknuts

#22

Munkyknuts said:

Gods damn it.....I was really excited for it. I think I'll just assume major titles will be delayed from this point on...I'm pleased I'm so down with the indie releases because I have WatchDogs that's all I'll have (and a monstrous back log to play through on PS3) to tide me over. The Order and Arkham Knight were the only AAA titles on my radar for now. Still I'm sure there are other games coming soon I'm not aware of that I'll be interested in, I don't keep a careful watch on it all....but still, I was looking forward to a next gen dark knight.

TasukiStaff

#25

Tasuki said:

Well can't say I am surprised. At least there is still Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition and a few others coming out that will keep me busy till Arkham Knight comes out.

kingandaval

#26

kingandaval said:

I'm convinced that games are announced with a deliberate early release date to build hype and then 'delayed'.

JaxonH

#27

JaxonH said:

Are you serious?

It's not that I won't have enough games to play this year, but this is starting to get a little irritating. Witcher 3 had an October 14 release date. Then it got delayed into 2015. I said ya know what, that's fine, because now Batman Arkham Knight is releasing on October 14. I said one way or another, at least I'll be playing a new, top-shelf PS4 game on October 14. Now Batman Arkham Knight has ALSO been delayed into 2015. I'm getting that 'just been robbed' sensation creeping up my spine...

JaxonH

#28

JaxonH said:

@MadchesterManc

When they announce a specific release date, it's expected that the game is going to release on that date. They could have given a target window, or release month at the very least, but when you spell out an exact date the game will drop, that pretty much writes it in stone for gamers that the game is coming on that day. This was not rumored. This was announced for October 14. Although I had my suspicions when Sony released that 2014 itinerary, and I noticed the game's release date was strangely MIA.

Gamer83

#29

Gamer83 said:

Hugely disappointing but expected at this point. This holiday will be the annual sports games, AC and CoD. Awesome. 2015 looks good but damn.

@JaxonH
I'd love to get a real explanation for the delay besides the usual, 'we just need more time to make the game better.' That's great but Rocksteady has had three years to make this and did a great job getting Arkahm City out in less time. Granted there's new hardware to worry about now which I what's making me wonder. Is the PS4 not easy to work with. Or could it be that Xbox One is such a b*tch to work with that it's having trouble getting that version optimized and Rocksteady, as a competent third party developer should, doesn't want its game to be complete trash on one console compared to the other so it's delaying the game to make sure when it is ready, no consumer is f'ed over. We'll never get the real reasons but it would be interesting to know. I would say for a replacement, Destiny has potential to be an awesome game but you need PS+ which I know you're not a fan of.

viciousarcanum

#30

viciousarcanum said:

@Dodoo TLOU, Driveclub, alien, Shadow of Mordor, The Crew, Samurai Warriors 4, Destiny, UFC, Dragon Age, Project Cars, Assassin Creed, Battlefield Hardline, COD, Fifa, PES, KH2.5, Natural Doctrine, Naruto revolution, Secret Ponchos, GalakZ, The Witness, Far Cry 4, Elder Scrolls Online (possibly).

dunno about you but that doesn't seem very "barren" to me

rastamadeus

#31

rastamadeus said:

@viciousarcanum How many are exclusive to PS4? A couple. It's barren, like it or not. There's no massive reason this Christmas to favour a PS4 over Xbox One or vice versa. Or over a Wii U (Smash, X, Bayonetta 2). Hopefully that will change at E3 but at the moment both Sony and Microsoft are just collectively holding the door open for Nintendo to come back in this race.

Gamer83

#32

Gamer83 said:

@rastamadeus

Yup, biggest exclusives for both are racers. DriveClub and Forza Horizon 2. What I will say though is at least I have confidence in saying Forza Horizon 2 will be good, DriveClub I'm not sold on at all and 30 fps is a deal breaker. Now if Forza ends up being 30 fps also, that automatically negates that game's worth as well. I'd say with Smash, Wii U has the best holiday exclusive but not getting certain big third party games like Destiny is a blow. If Nintendo also gets at least X or Bayonetta 2 out though, it can climb back into the race, at least temporarily. If Batman, The Witcher 3, MGS 5, Mortal Kombat, Quantum Break, Halo 5, Uncharted 4, The Order all hit in 2015 however, I think the PS4 and Xbox One, even if they lose some momentum this holiday, move right back to the forefront. Who knows what's going to happen though, this has been a strange gen. None of the three consoles had even halfway decent first years but both PS4 and Xbox One are tracking well on the sales charts despite no games that show people why they did (or should) upgrade. And Wii U is struggling along just like PS3 did early on before Sony pushed the right buttons to gain some consumer interest so I certainly don't count it out yet.

rastamadeus

#33

rastamadeus said:

@Gamer83 It's so odd what could happen though. Smash will be a huge hit for Nintendo, that's no question and Wii U's will fly off the shelves for it. They have for Mario Kart 8 too which is great news - all three console makers need to be in healthy positions before any fanboys whine - and then add that with Smash and titles like Bayonetta, X, Sonic Boom and I'm sure one more surprise huge title (Nintendo don't reveal games til they're almost ready nowadays, a good move) then third party would begin to slowly come back as they go where the money is. Would be a great victory for them, more so than the 3DS recovery or Sony turning the PS3 around. Just knowing Nintendo they'd then not release anything next year.

Punished_Boss_84

#34

Punished_Boss_84 said:

You all need to grow perspective.

Exclusives hasn't been the reason for platforms such as PS4 & Xbox One succeeding, Wii U's reliance on exclusives hasn't helped it saleswise and thats why (among other reasons) its a commercial failure at this point.

Third parties are what people buy platforms for, you see it on the sales charts. You can moan and belittle third parties all you want, but they are essential to any platform's success, period. And millions as Watch Dogs proved will buy into it, majority on PS4 then Xbox One.

@rastamadeus
A game launching early on 3DS isn't going to help Wii U as much because of that and two games that have been in shadows, aren't going to get the same marketing treatment as MK 8 and are supposedly releasing this year? Sonic didn't help last year, its not going to help this year.

Question for everyone: How was a multiplatform new gen game a dent in only PS4's game lineup?

rastamadeus

#36

rastamadeus said:

@Punished_Boss The perspective is that third parties are key - imagine where one of/both Sony and Microsoft would be without it - but what I'm saying is Nintendo starts getting decent numbers again and third parties come back. Sonic will likely do better this time because of the cartoon tie in while X and Bayonetta 2 are for the (eurgh) 'hardcore' and will both help the consoles cause which, as I've said before, is exactly what this industry needs. As for implying the 3DS sales of Smash could harm the Wii U? There's more chance of you using a loaf of bread to dig a hole big enough to bury Peter Crouch from toe to head.

Punished_Boss_84

#37

Punished_Boss_84 said:

@rastamadeus Uh-huh. Well it is plausible, 3DS version launching early, Smash Bros fans want their lets say itch and then anyone else who wants it will either be double dipping or buying for the first time. It will shift Wii U's but not as much if the roles were reversed.

Third parties aren't coming back, install base was never a problem.

Ps4all

#38

Ps4all said:

@get2sammyb So, I'm losing track here... Are there any games for ps4 scheduled for release this year other than drive club that are not cross-gen?

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