About a month ago, a plethora of new Batman domains were registered by Warner Bros. All of them contained Arkham in the title somewhere, which led to speculation on a new entry in the Batman: Arkham series. Nothing was said at the time, but that all changes as Time Warner's CFO John Martin confirmed a new Batman: Arkham game is arriving later this year.
The news flew under the radar during Time Warner's investor call last week, but luckily that's no longer the case. Martin stated the following during the call:
And we also have a strong games release this year, which will include the next release in the Batman Arkham franchise. So all in all, we expect Warners to post another very strong year in 2013. And with a little luck, the year should be as good or maybe even a little bit better than 2012.
Now, the news of a new Batman: Arkham game is very exciting, however there's something else to go with it. According to sources, Rocksteady Studios, developer of Arkham Asylum and Arkham City, are not at work on the sequel and it's unknown the exact studio handling it. Early rumors have pegged Rocksteady as working on a Silver Age prequel to the series that details Batman's first encounter with The Joker and members of the Justice League, which isn't likely to ship until 2014.
Whichever studio WB pegs has very big shoes to fill, but regardless of that, a new Arkham game is something to look forward to.