Last weekend, during the DC panel at WonderCon, members of DC announced that the next entry in the Arkham series, Arkham Knight, is now a 2015 release. This news comes from BleedingCool.com, a blog website dedicated to comic book news, who was in attendance at WonderCon. However, members of Comicbookresources.com, were also in attendance and are reporting that the game is releasing in 2014.
At the end of February, Kotaku reported that GameStop received a new shipment of Batman banners, leading people to believe that a new reveal was coming soon. The next week, Arkham Knight was announced for PS4, Xbox One, and PC by Rocksteady Studios. Soon after, retailers such as Amazon.com began listing October 14, 2014 as a release date.
The Arkham Knight website still lists 2014 as its release. We have reached out for comment and will update if we hear anything back.
Someone may have misspoke or misheard at WonderCon, but it wouldn’t be hard for Rocksteady or Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment to clear it up with a simple statement confirming its release date. The longer they go without speaking, the more people will believe it is being delayed. After Arkham Origins released with more bugs than they expected, I wouldn’t be surprised if they were cautious and took their time. It would not be in their best interest to tarnish their most popular franchise. WB Games also has Shadows of Mordor releasing in early October, so Warner Bros may not want their two games to compete with each other.
According to furiousfanboys.com, this was just a misunderstanding. Jeremy Conrad wrote “DC showed the Blur Studios’ CG trailer for Arkham Knight, which earned a lot of cheers and applause. It was pretty loud, so you can’t blame someone for not hearing what came next, but it wasn’t an Arkham Knight delay.”
“While people were applauding and cheering, they specifically said that Batman: Arkham Knight would be released later this year. After that statement is what most people didn’t hear, and they said to prepare for the return of Injustice. The “not a 2014 title” statement applied to the new Injustice, not the Batman sequel.”
This seems to be the common story out there, but still no official word from Rocksteady or Warner Bros.
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