The weekend marked the 80th anniversary since Batman was introduced to the world, and, it seems, some solid indications that the Bat's gaming catalogue might be about to grow a little bigger.
There's no official word yet, but the strongest indications came from the WB Games Montreal Twitter account, which started tweeting about a shot of a Bat Signal during Batman Day. The tweet was the first from the account since July 8, 2015.
— WB Games Montréal (@WBGamesMTL) September 22, 2019
That alone wouldn't be a whole lot, but the extra spice came from Scott Snyder, the author of American Vampire and a writer on Swamp Thing, the Batman comics, the Detective Comics series, Batman: Gates of Gotham and Batman Eternal.
Snyder added a little tweet to WB Montreal's comment, hashtagging The Court Of Owls — a secret society and crime group co-created by Snyder for The New 52 arc — before quickly deleting his post.
The last Arkham game from Rocksteady Studios was released in 2015, following on from Origins and City, and apart from the Batman Arkham VR spin-off in 2016, not much has been heard from the studio since. There was some initial rumours that the company might have been working on the third-person Harry Potter RPG that leaked out around this time last year, but sources told Eurogamer that Rocksteady was working on a separate project.
It seems extremely likely — and logical, really — that a new Batman game is on the cards. The series has already ventured into open-world territory with Arkham Knight, although the PC version of the game was riddled with so many bugs that Warner Bros pulled it from sale and began issuing refunds. But it was a clever, considered game (minus the bullshit around Riddler trophies) and the apex of a combat system that has since been emulated by triple AAA games and indies alike.
Batman: Arkham Knight spins one of the most ambitious video game stories ever told, and watching it thunder to its conclusion is like watching a 747 successfully land on a helicopter pad. It may not be known for its narrative, but that is its achievement — a spiralling and notably interactive tale that takes you inside the mind of one of popular culture's most enduring and fascinating figures.
Where does the Bat — Bruce Wayne — go in a new Arkham game, though? After four years, we might finally find out.