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Batman: Arkham City’s Robin is a troubled, cage-fighting introvert

Robin concept art from "Batman: Arkham City"

If you were perplexed by the Robin design released last month for Batman: Arkham City by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment, you weren’t alone. Some Robot 6 commenters referred to the look as “Eminem” and even (shudder) “horribly Schumacher-esque,” while at the Batman: Arkham City Community forums the discussion continued at length.

Now, however, Rocksteady Studios senior concept artist Kan Muftic has stepped forward with “the final word on Robin,” providing some insight into the game’s version of Tim Drake and revealing an additional piece of color concept art.

“We wanted to create a Robin that players would identify as a contemporary character and move away from the traditional ‘Boy Wonder’ image that most people know,” Muftic wrote in a message posted on the forum. “Our vision of Robin is the one of a troubled young individual that is calm and introverted at times but very dangerous and aggressive if provoked. The shaved head is inspired by cage fighters, because we thought that Robin might be doing that in his spare time to keep him on his toes. Still, we kept all the classic trademarks of Robin’s appearance, such as the red and yellow colors of his outfit, the cape and the mask. We really hope that people will discover our Robin as one of their new favorite characters in the Batman universe. He is back and he means business.”

Batman: Arkham City, the sequel to the bestselling 2009 video game Batman: Arkham Asylum, is set inside the newly constructed fortified walls that have transformed part of Gotham’s slums into a sprawling maximum-security prison for the city’s gangsters, thugs and criminally insane. Robin will be available as a playable character in the challenge mode to those in North America who pre-order the game from Best Buy.

Arkham City will be released Oct. 18 in North America and Oct. 21 in Europe.

Warner Bros. releases cover art for Batman: Arkham City

Batman: Arkham City

Warner Bros. Interactive and DC Entertainment released the cover art to the upcoming Batman: Arkham City video game, which comes out in October.

The sequel to the well-regarded Batman: Arkham Asylum, Batman: Arkham City is set inside the newly constructed fortified walls that have transformed part of Gotham’s slums into a sprawling maximum-security prison for the city’s gangsters, thugs and criminally insane. The folks at the WB say it will be five times larger than the playable area of the first game. It will feature, of course, Batman, as well as the Joker, Catwoman, Two Face, the Penguin and a playable Robin (if you order it from Best Buy).

First look at playable Robin from Batman: Arkham City

Tim Drake Robin render from "Batman: Arkham City"

Following leaks on retail websites, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment have finally confirmed that Robin will be a fully playable character in the challenge mode of Batman: Arkham City, the hotly anticipated follow-up to the acclaimed 2009 video game Arkham Asylum.

However, the “Tim Drake Robin pack” — yes, it’s Tim Drake, not Dick Grayson — is available only to those in North America who pre-order the game from Best Buy. So, sorry, fans of Dick Grayson, Damian Wayne and … anyone outside of North America.

Batman: Arkham City is set inside the newly constructed fortified walls that have transformed part of Gotham’s slums into a sprawling maximum-security prison for the city’s gangsters, thugs and criminally insane. Robin, who comes with his own gadgets and special moves, will be playable in all challenge maps, as well as to additional maps included with the pack — Black Mask Hideout and Freight Train Escape. There’s also a bonus Red Robin character skin.

Developed by Rocksteady Studios, Batman: Arkham City will debut in October.

Minimate and Mimoco exclusives for San Diego Comic Con

The folks at Mimoco, who have the license to make USB Flash Drives based on a variety of properties, including DC Comics and Star Wars, will have an exclusive Harley Quinn drive based on her appearance in the upcoming Batman: Arkham City video game:

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Trailers for Batman: Arkham City, Thor: God of Thunder debut on Spike

Several new trailers for video games debuted during the Spike Video Game Awards last night, including Batman: Arkham City (above) and Thor: God of Thunder. The Batman one in particular is interesting, as it reveals not only the villainous Hugo Strange, but also a piece of knowledge that he has about the Caped Crusader. Maybe he went to the Batman Inc. press conference and put two and two together.

In terms of last night’s winners, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game took the best adapted video game category, beating out Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions and games featuring Harry Potter, Star Wars and Transformers. But Spider-Man didn’t go home empty-handed, as the voice talents of awards host Neil Patrick Harris won best performance by a human male for his work in Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions. You can find the list of winners on Spike’s VGA site.

New images from Batman: Arkham City

Batman: Arkham City

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has released new screenshots and concept art from Batman: Arkham City, the highly anticipated sequel to the bestselling 2009 video game Batman: Arkham Asylum.

A couple of images may seem familiar, as they’re strikingly similar to some of those “leaked” early last month. But the new shots provide additional glimpses of the game’s cityscape and Batman’s Juggalo-esque adversaries, as well as a look at a render for Harley Quinn.

Developed by Rocksteady Studios, the game will send players into Arkham City, the new maximum-security home for all of Gotham’s “thugs, gangsters and insane criminal masterminds.” Arkham City “introduces a brand-new story that draws together a new all-star cast of classic characters and murderous villains from the Batman universe, as well as a vast range of new and enhanced gameplay features to deliver the ultimate experience as the Dark Knight.”

Check out the images after the break. Batman: Arkham City will be released next fall for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC.

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First look at Batman: Arkham City’s Catwoman, Two-Face and Harley

Joystiq has stumbled upon what appear to be 20 new, and pretty stunning, screenshots from Batman: Arkham City, the much-anticipated sequel to the bestselling 2009 video game Batman: Arkham Asylum. These images don’t come from an official source — they apparently were posted on an anonymous Flickr account — but they certainly look legitimate. And if they’re not the real deal, someone sure went to a lot of effort to craft a convincing hoax. Joystiq even theorizes the screenshots could be an intentional leak from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.

Developed by Rocksteady Studios, the game will send players into Arkham City, the new maximum-security home for all of Gotham’s “thugs, gangsters and insane criminal masterminds.” Arkham City “introduces a brand-new story that draws together a new all-star cast of classic characters and murderous villains from the Batman universe, as well as a vast range of new and enhanced gameplay features to deliver the ultimate experience as the Dark Knight.”

You can get a first look at Catwoman, Two-Face and Harley Quinn after the break.

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Get a look at more Batman: Arkham City artwork

PlayStation Official Magazine UK

Earlier this month GameInformer released two covers featuring artwork for Batman: Arkham City, the hotly anticipated sequel to Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment’s bestselling video game Batman: Arkham Asylum. Now comes a preview of the cover for the September issue of PlayStation Official Magazine UK, which sports additional art showcasing the makeover for Harley Quinn.

Developed by Rocksteady Studios, the London-based studio behind 2009′s Arkham Asylum, Arkham City will be available for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Windows PC next fall.

See the full cover after the break.

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Warner Bros. unveils title for Batman: Arkham Asylum sequel

Batman: Arkham City

Batman: Arkham City

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment this morning announced Batman: Arkham City as the title for the follow-up to its bestselling video game Batman: Arkham Asylum.

For those who have been following along, the title doesn’t come as much of a surprise, as ArkhamCity.com and BatmanArkhamCity.com topped a list of Batman-related domain names purchased in recent months by Warner Bros.

Developed by Rocksteady Studios, the London-based studio behind 2009’s Arkham Asylum, Arkham City will be available for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Windows PC next fall. (Warner Bros. acquired a majority stake in the developer in February.)

According to Warner Bros., the game will send players into Arkham City, the new maximum-security home for all of Gotham’s “thugs, gangsters and insane criminal masterminds.” Arkham City “introduces a brand-new story that draws together a new all-star cast of classic characters and murderous villains from the Batman universe, as well as a vast range of new and enhanced gameplay features to deliver the ultimate experience as the Dark Knight.”

Officially announced in December, the sequel is reported to feature such villains as Two-Face, Mr. Freeze, Talia al Ghul, the Riddler and the Joker, the latter voiced for a final time by Mark Hamill.

Batman: Arkham Asylum debuted in August 2009, and sold 2 million copies in its first three weeks of release.


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