By our count, there are 14 alternate costumes or characters you may play as in Batman: Arkham City, through a variety of promotions, pre-order bonuses and timed-exclusive downloadable content available now.
The "good" news, I suppose, is that all of this stuff will be available at some point — for a price. So if you're intent on collecting Batman's entire wardrobe, don't run out and buy the NOS energy drink, the Green Lantern DVD and two copies of the game, one from Best Buy and the other from GameStop. Unless, of course, you really want to.
Of course, the bad news is that all of this stuff will be available at a price. Specifically, $US5 will get you the Skins Pack on December 6; $US7 gets you Nightwing on November 1; and another $US7 gets you Robin's DLC on November 22. Catwoman is included with new copies of the game, and GameStop is even giving out Catwoman DLC codes for used copies. Otherwise it's $US10, sort of like an Online Pass.
There was also apre-order bonus that did not include any skins. The Joker's Carnival, a challenge map, was offered by GameStop (US) and Tesco (UK). No word on its availability otherwise.
So here's a look at the many looks of Batman: Arkham City. Unless otherwise noted, all purchasing information is US based.
How to get it: Buy a can of NOS energy drink. Under the tab (or cap) there's a code. Plug that into this website and you'll get another code. Plug that code into PSN or Xbox Live and you get the skin.
The Dark Knight Returns
How to get it: It comes with the Arkham City Collector's Edition.
Earth One Batman
How to get it: So far available only in Australia or New Zealand; purchase the game from either Mighty Ape (New Zealand) or JB Hi-Fi (Australia)
How to get it: Came with a preorder of the game at Toys 'R' Us.
Batman: The Animated Series
How to get it: Be a member of GameStop's PowerUp Rewards club, buy the game from GameStop.
Batman: Year One
How to get it: Available in the $US5 Skins Pack on December 6.
Sinestro Corps Batman
How to get it: PS3-only so far. Buy the Green Lantern Extended Cut Blu Ray. It's got the code for the skin inside. It will become available in the $US5 Skins Pack on Dec. 6.
All skins shown will be available in the $US5 Skins Pack on December 6.
Catwoman (standard), Catwoman (The Animated Series) and Catwoman (The Long Halloween)
How to get them: Buy the game new. Basically, it's another $US10 "Online Pass", but GameStop is giving out codes free to those who buy the game used. The Catwoman DLC also includes a substantial bit of content, including extra missions and Catwoman-specific Riddler trophies to collect.
Red Robin, Robin and Robin (The Animated Series)
How to get them: Buy the game from Best Buy. Like Catwoman, this comes with extra content playable only as Robin. The DLC also will be available for $US7 on both networks on November 22.
How to get it: Available November 1 as premium DLC for $US7. Includes extra playable content.