It may be a buggy experience for PC gamers, but Batman: Arkham Knight has been a huge hit since its release and was the top-selling game in June 2015. The game’s predecessors – Batman: Arkham Asylum, Arkham City and more recently Arkham Origins – all proved successful with critics and gamers, and helped redefine how a video game adaptation of a comic book property can work (a historically tricky prospect).
Recently, evidence has been mounting suggesting that WB Games Montreal, the studio behind Arkham Origins (all the other games in the series were developed by Rocksteady Studios) has been quietly developing a Superman game. The most recent development surrounds the name-drop of the title character and is the hardest proof to date that a video game about the Man of Steel might really be on the way.
CBM has been tracking the story for several weeks at this point, with interest originally piqued by jobs posted by WB Games Montreal connected to an open world DC game, described as a new IP for next generation consoles. An image of a potential game bio for Kal El/Superman found its way online, as did apparent concept art for Supes and the comic book villain Brainiac.
Now, a recent update to a LinkedIn page caught the eye of Attack of the Fanboy (via Z-Giochi): a freelance 3D animator and designer named Kieran Turan reportedly listed the following recent freelance work:
Troubleshooting and repair of the 3D facial rig for the upcoming “Superman” videogame title for Game On Audio.
Turan’s LinkedIn page has since been edited, and there is no mention of Superman to be found, but his recent freelance experience lists work for “DC Media Networks, Berlin providing 3D and motion graphics animation for broadcast commercials.” Game On Audio is not listed at all, but the Montreal company provides outsourced audio and motion capture services and has worked on titles like Halo 4, Assassin’s Creed IV, and Batman: Arkham Origins.
The sudden disappearance of the Superman information from Turan’s profile indicates that the rumors surrounding these bits and pieces of evidence might actually be true, and that a game centered on Superman might really be in the works. Given the amount of Superman/Metropolis easter eggs in Arkham Knight, most expected that a Superman game would come from Rocksteady Studios rather than WB Games Montreal, but there is no reason the two studios couldn’t work in tandem with each other.
There is also the possibility that – despite the open world rumor – a game along these lines could actually be a sequel to the DC universe fighting game Injustice: Gods Among Us. Given the information’s disappearance from the LinkedIn page, WB and DC are clearly keeping a lid on this project. We can only speculate, but given the Arkham Knight references, there’s a good chance that Superman game in the Arkham mold could be set within the narrative universe of those celebrated Batman games. Stay tuned for more details as they emerge.
Batman: Arkham Knight is available now on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.