Batman: Arkham Asylum Officially Delayed

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The rumors from earlier today unfortunately prove to be true, as Eidos announces that Batman: Arkham Asylum will miss its original June release date.

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The rumors surfaced earlier today, with Game Informer magazine citing "sources close to the game" who had indicated that Batman: Arkham Asylum would be pushed back from the original June date in favor of one later on in the year. Now Warner Bros. and Eidos have confirmed the disappointing news.

Eidos Interactive and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment can today confirm that Batman: Arkham Asylum will be released at the end of summer 2009. This additional time will allow us to ensure Batman: Arkham Asylum is of the highest quality for gamers.

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Our own sources have continually indicated doubt that the game would make the release date, explaining that the game simply wasn't done yet. We sincerely hope the development team at Rocksteady will have a very productive summer. Otherwise we might be getting another one of these notices in a few months.

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I have to admit I only had slight interest in the game, this is mostly because of how previous Batman games didn't live up to expectations. And I must admit that Arkham Asylum actually looked pretty good and might have been the first Batman game I actually could like...

...Then there was that big announcement on Sony Home about the Joker being an exclusive playable character on the PS3, this was even featured on Kotaku. Followed by whatever interest I had in the game getting tossed into the dumpster because I've had it up to here with exclusive only characters.

I think the real early faux pas was advertising this Joker Exclusive on the PS3 while giving an unsettling hint that the 360 and PC versions would get absolutely nothing. It might make the PS3 owners cheer, but it would be a turnoff to those that don't have a PS3 and might not even bother buying the game for their 360 or PC. Certainly wouldn't favor initial sales either.

In any case, hopefully when the game finally comes out they'll work on whatever bugs or quality issues are still in the game along with finally confirming if there's any exclusive content, for ALL consoles preferably.

I'll (slightly) forgive them if they do the consoles-only exclusives and later on making it a 'waste five bucks for the dlc key' nonsense that Soul Calibur 4 pulled on us, though even that's pretty much worn out its welcome.