Before Batman: Arkham Asylum and Arkham City came around the only thing we gamers could find as far as superhero titles went were cheesy movie tie-ins and lackluster cash-grabs. Thankfully, studio head Martin Carrier and Reid Schneider, vice-president and executive producer of Warner Bros. Montreal wants to change all that.
“We realize how good a job Rocksteady did with Arkham Asylum,” Carrier said while speaking to Canadian Business. “They changed people’s perceptions and that’s why we’re not satisfied anymore with sub-par superhero games. Now, it’s like they should be better than all the other games. So what’s their secret recipe?”
Unfortunately, they haven’t revealed which specific DC characters are going to be featured in their new games, but Carrier made it pretty clear that things with DC are moving right along.
“We’re definitely working closely with DC on different titles, yet to be announced. It’s one of the reasons we talk to Geoff Johns and Jim Lee [the publisher’s head honchos] on a regular basis,” said Carrier. “It’s interesting for our geeky side to be in touch with those guys, especially now that they’ve relaunched all the 52 [comics]. It’s a good time to be working with DC. There’s so much energy going on there. So yeah, [we’re in] the triple-A space and the casual online space.”
When asked about whether or not these games were going to be the movie tie-ins we’ve all grown to dread Schneider was quick to clear things up, saying that is not the route Warner Bros. Montreal wants to take.
“We can’t speak for everyone, but if you just look at the market, the number of those and the money they’re bringing in is dwindling. Those days where publishers could do stuff like that and make money from it, it’s just not the same. There’s a real stratification of games where only the really high-quality games with mass market appeal are making money. That whole middle layer, where there were movie games or cash-ins—that market is gone.”
We’re really hoping it won’t take Warner Bros. too long to shed some light on their upcoming DC Comics games and when they do we’ll be here to get you up to speed. Until then, hit the comments section below and let us know what character(s) from the DC Comics universe you would most like to see starring in their own game. We personally think a JLA game focused on online co-op would be awesome.