It is the end of an era for Rocksteady and their beloved Batman. Batman: Arkham Knight saw the end of a beautifully gritty Batman saga. Rocksteady have done what many said was impossible: to make a truly good superhero game.
All is not lost for the superhero fan, though. As we get further through the game of Arkham Knight more and more rumors are beginning to circulate. Reports of many Superman connections are bubbling to the surface, leading fans to wonder whether a Superman game is next on the list.
The Evidence, So Far...
As the game came out only a few days ago, there are likely to be many more Easter eggs to be found. So far, though, we have seen a billboard advertising Lex Luthor's evil corporation, LexCorp. Lex Luthor, of course, being Superman's ultimate nemesis.
If you look carefully as you make your way around Gotham, you will see postcards blowing along the floor in the wind as well as posters placed in dark corners. Both the postcards and posters have one thing in common: they are portraying the beautiful image of Metropolis. Superman's famed home city.
To accompany the Lex Luthor billboard, there is also a message left on an answering machine somewhere in the city that has a message left by Luthor himself that can be played and heard.
Lex offers to buy Wayne Industries for a billion dollars. Can you imagine what damage LexCorp could do with Batman's tech?!
Check out this video made by Arekkz Gaming that shows off the trio of Superman references:
We can also see evidence coming from the various enemies you encounter throughout Arkham Knight. Gotham's thugs and villains make many a reference to the Man of Steel as you fly overhead or drive on by.
The video below, courtesy of Robot Rock911, is one of my favorite references so far. This - I believe - is a clear indication of Rocksteady's intentions to take a stroll over to Metropolis next. By the sounds of it, the goons will not be too happy about this, either.
Could We Really See a Superman Game from Rocksteady?
Of course it could all just be conjecture at this point. Batman exists in the same universe as Superman, so it is not entirely out of the ordinary for us to see references to other DC characters.
But one can't help but speculate further. Rocksteady has - hands down - created the best superhero experience within the gaming world we have seen yet. The expertise held within the vaults of Rocksteady cannot merely be left to wither and die, can it?
If anyone could make a decent Superman game it is definitely Rocksteady. They already have the rights to DC and have pretty much perfected a viable combat system needed for the next Superman title to work.
Cast your mind back to 1999 when Nintendo brought us a Superman game to the N64. Nintendo had us on our knees with this title. This game alone is probably the sole reason many of us upgraded our old televisions. The ring challenges alone were responsible for many smashed television sets, resulting in many angry mothers, too.
This was pretty much the last time we saw a Superman game. It is certainly time that we saw another adaptation of the world's most renowned superhero.
The Blueprint That We Never Found
Arkham Asylum was the very first game in the Arkham series made by Rocksteady. This game included one of the biggest Easter eggs ever hidden... and no one found it.
Well, I say that no one found it. It was eventually found, but not until after Arkham City had already been announced. The Easter egg itself was a blueprint of the city in the follow-up Arkham title. This would have been a massively suggestive Easter egg if someone had come across it. Clear indication of intent from Rocksteady. Seems like they have a pattern, yes?
If there is further evidence hidden within [Batman: Arkham Knight](tag:2683936) to suggest a follow-up title starring Superman, you can bet your bottom dollar that there will be a definitive answer to speculation hidden somewhere deep within the city.
Warner Bros. are still (obviously) very keen to continue their work with DC, not long ago there was rumor of a Justice League game to be commissioned. Give a guess as to which studio was tied to that rumor? That's right! Rocksteady.
Rocksteady came out last year and said that Superman is “almost the impossible game to make.” But many said that about Batman, too. Is this simply misdirection or are they serious?
No one knows. What people do know is that they want a Superman game and most believe that Rocksteady is the company to do it.