ByKit Simpson Browne, writer at
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Now, for dedicated Bat-fans, there are rarely absolute points of agreement. For everyone who favors Christian Bale's take on the Dark Knight, there's sure to be another equally committed fan who maintains that Michael Keaton is the ultimate Batman. For every Heath Ledger devotee, there's someone who prefers Jack Nicholson (or even, latterly, Jared Leto) as the Joker. Heck, even the comic books are up for serious debate, with the likes of The Killing Joke and The Dark Knight Returns being both widely loved and widely hated.

In the video game arena, however, opinions are a little less divided. You would, after all, be hard pressed to find a Bat-fan whose favorite Batman-themed game doesn't come from the Rocksteady Studios-developed Arkham series. Which is of course why it's so darned exciting that...

Rocksteady Just Announced A Brand New Batman: Arkham Game — In Virtual Reality

Yup, that's right. Rocksteady Studios, the folks behind the acclaimed Batman: Arkham Asylum, Batman: Arkham City and Batman: Arkham Knight have just officially announced the existence (and relatively imminent release) of a shiny new Arkham game — on the Playstation VR.

Which means that, come October, any of us who happen to have a Playstation VR will be able to jump right into Batman's head and solve crimes from his perspective. Which, is actually about as appealing a use of virtual reality-themed technology as it's possible to imagine.

Now, word of a possible return to the Arkham franchise from Rocksteady has been going around for a while now — but with much of the speculation suggesting that the company's sights were instead set on a Superman adaptation, many fans had given up hope of seeing the Dark Knight return in the company's capable hands.

David Haddad, the President of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, however, seems to have very much kept the faith, having this to say about the newly announced game:

"Virtual reality is expanding the video game space and entertainment overall, so it is extremely exciting to have our incredible team at Rocksteady Studios dive into this new storytelling medium with the Batman Arkham franchise...Rocksteady is one of the best at creating story-driven content, and Batman: Arkham VR will deliver a more immersive experience than anyone could have imagined only a few years ago."

Which, y'know, sounds pretty darned great to me. Now I just need to somehow get my hands on one of those Playstation VR doohickeys...

The big question now, though? What's next for Rocksteady?

And, of course...

What do you think?


Are you excited for 'Batman: Arkham VR'?



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