Warner Games to Publish Arkham Asylum 2 [Update]

Update: Full PR added after the break.

Original Story: Warner Bros. Interactive has confirmed that they will be publishing Batman: Arkham Asylum 2.

The original was published by Eidos earlier this Summer, but was taken over by Square Enix in April, with the merger only becoming official as soon as November.

Warner are a lot more keen this time on publishing titles from their own IP stable.

“We are thrilled to build a global game franchise from Batman: Arkham Asylum, which is receiving an incredible response from gamers and Batman fans around the world,” said WB Interactive head Martin Tremblay.

Despite the change of publisher though, Rocksteady will still be developing the sequel to one of this year’s best games.

“We are honoured to create the next chapter in this compelling story and promise to deliver another game worthy of the Dark Knight,” said game director Safton Hill. The studio beat off Naughty Dog and Infinity Ward to name a few to win Best Studio at the VGAs last night.

AA2 was announced at the event, with the Joker and Harley Quinn returning, with the teaser hinting that Arkham has become Gotham City itself.

Find our review of the first game here.

From MCV.

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Announces Sequel to the Critically Acclaimed Batman: Arkham Asylum™ Video Game

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today announced that it will be the worldwide publisher of the sequel to Batman.

Arkham Asylum : ™, one of the year’s most highly reviewed and top-selling video games. The sequel to Batman.
Arkham Asylum : is currently in development with Rocksteady Studios and is based on DC Comics’ core Batman
property. Fans can visit http://www.arkhamhasmoved.com : to sign up to receive updates regarding the game.

“We are thrilled to build a global game franchise from Batman.

Arkham Asylum, which is receiving an incredible response from gamers and Batman fans around the world,” said Martin Tremblay, President, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. “Rocksteady has taken Batman to a new level in the video game space and we are committed to delivering a sequel the fans will love.”

“Getting the opportunity to create Batman: Arkham Asylum and seeing its success has been a dream come true for the team,” said Sefton Hill, Game Director, Rocksteady Studios. “We are honored to create the next chapter in this compelling story and promise to deliver another game worthy of the DARK KNIGHT.”

About DC Comics

DC Comics, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, is the largest English-language publisher of comics in the world and home to such iconic characters as SUPERMAN, BATMAN, WONDER WOMAN and the SANDMAN.
These DC SUPER HEROES and others have starred in comic books, movies, television series (both animated and live-action) and cyberspace, thrilling audiences of all ages for generations. DC Comics’ Web site is located at http://www.dccomics.com :

About Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, a division of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, is a premier worldwide publisher, developer, licensor and distributor of entertainment content for the interactive space across all current and future platforms, including console, handheld and PC-based gaming for both internal and third party game titles.

BATMAN: ARKHAM ASYLUM Software © 2009 Eidos Interactive Ltd. Developed by Rocksteady Studios Ltd. Co-published by Eidos, Inc. and Warner Bros.
Interactive Entertainment, a division of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Inc. Rocksteady and the Rocksteady logo are trademarks of Rocksteady Studios Ltd. Eidos and the Eidos logo are trademarks of Eidos Interactive Ltd. All other trademarks and copyrights are the property of their respective owners. All rights reserved.

BATMAN and all characters, their distinctive likenesses, and related elements are trademarks of DC Comics © 2009. All Rights Reserved.

WBIE LOGO, WB SHIELD: ™ & © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

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