Batman: Arkham City isn't an open world game, but then - it kinda is. Confusing right? We certainly thought so. Thankfully Game Director Sefton Hill has made a post on the official Arkham City forums outlining precisely what you can expect from the game's bold new structure. Protip: it sounds brilliant.
There is a core gaming experience, but apparently that makes up roughly 50% of the game's total content, with Rocksteady applying major focus to a new area called 'Arkham City Missions'.
Batman: Arkham City's story mode was designed to be story driven while remaining open world as we felt there was a really interesting space in between the two types of play. There is a main storyline (don't worry – no spoilers here!) which will take around 12-15 hours to complete, but this is less than half of the game.
In addition to this there are the new Arkham City Missions. These tell the story of what happens when Gotham’s most notorious super villains are locked up together. These run concurrently to the main story and can be tackled whenever you find them in the city streets. Some of my favourite moments are in these missions, including tracking down a deranged serial killer, solving a murder mystery, forming an alliance with a one-time villain and confronting the Riddler as he attempts to prove once and for all he is better than Batman.
We've probably spent as much time creating the Arkham City Missions, and bringing the world to life, as we have on the main storyline and I think the choice of what to solve and where to go at any time gives the game a unique feeling.
Then of course there are the riddles and secrets to solve. We’ve had great fun adding these to streets of Arkham City. Our goal was always to create the most interesting and richly detailed open world game ever, and these make it rewarding to explore every square inch of the city. And Riddler has definitely raised his game this time. It won’t just be a simple case of finding the secrets. Nearly every secret requires you to use your gadgets in inventive and interesting ways.
Completing all of these will take around another 12-15 hours of play bringing the story mode time up to around 25-30 hours.
All that and I haven't even got on to the new, upgraded challenge mode…
We're currently all working like crazy to polish Arkham City as much as possible and I can't wait until you all get to play it.
Speak to you soon,
As you may have noted from the past couple of days postings, I'm quite excited by this game.