According to IGN, Batman: Arkham Knight will be Rocksteady’s final Batman game in the Arkham series.
“We’ve done all we can do here…it’s kind of time for us to walk away from [the Batman: Arkham series]” brand marketing producer Dax Ginn said in a comment to IGN.
“[This] was something that we were really pushing for because we had a really clear vision for how this story should end, and the way we wanted it to end.”
The ending Rocksteady wants involves the Batmobile, which is the cornerstone of Batman: Arkham Knight and the climactic gameplay changer to end the Rocksteady’s Batman trilogy. The game also promises a rather large Gotham City to drive around in.
“For us I think the Batmobile is that final thing…It’s such a critical part of the game, the epicenter of the design,” Ginn said.
This decision to stop now is Rocksteady’s and not Warner Brother’s or DC Comics’, who will most likely continue on producing and publishing Batman: Arkham games with the development going to WB Games Montreal, the developer of Batman: Arkham Origins.
I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again: in an industry wholly fixated on sequels and franchises, seeing a respected developer put an end to a popular franchise in the hopes of doing something new is refreshing. Making video games should be seen as an art form, but it’s hard to find artistic integrity in a franchise that has yearly releases, even if the games are good. I can only take so many Assassin’s Creed games before I start thinking, “Really guys? Another one?”
I wish Rocksteady all the luck, both in creating another great Batman game to end their trilogy and in their future endeavors