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Batman: Arkham Asylum Has Been Delayed

Batman moves from June 23 to "end of summer."

UPDATE! Eidos and Warner have issued the following statement, confirming the game's delay:
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.

(original story follows)

Game Informer ran a story last night claiming that it heard that Batman: Arkham Asylum is getting pushed to Q4 of this year, which is quite a bit later than the June 23 date that Eidos had been promoting. Currently, the game's official site just says "summer."

Here's a quote from the GI story that looks pretty telling to me:
When contacted on whether or not the date was moving, neither Eidos Interactive nor Warner Bros. were willing to comment on the possibility of a delay. When asked if the June 23 release date was still valid, a Warner Bros. representative said, “Sorry - no comment.”
You know, if you can't comment on your already announced release date, you've probably either got an internal communication problem or an impending delay that you haven't announced yet. Jeff Gerstmann on Google+
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Posted by Jeff
UPDATE! Eidos and Warner have issued the following statement, confirming the game's delay:
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.

(original story follows)

Game Informer ran a story last night claiming that it heard that Batman: Arkham Asylum is getting pushed to Q4 of this year, which is quite a bit later than the June 23 date that Eidos had been promoting. Currently, the game's official site just says "summer."

Here's a quote from the GI story that looks pretty telling to me:
When contacted on whether or not the date was moving, neither Eidos Interactive nor Warner Bros. were willing to comment on the possibility of a delay. When asked if the June 23 release date was still valid, a Warner Bros. representative said, “Sorry - no comment.”
You know, if you can't comment on your already announced release date, you've probably either got an internal communication problem or an impending delay that you haven't announced yet.
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Edited by McBonJon

If this is true, there has to be a justified reason for this. I mean, it's really close.


Just as long as the game is good.
Posted by OmegaPirate

No - IM BATMAN!!!

Posted by CL60

WTF?!!!?!?!

Posted by HatKing

They probably didn't expect it to get the attention it has, now that they realize there is some coin to be made on this they probably want to push it back for finacial reasons.  I'm not possitive on that, but the game looks pretty done to me I couldn't imagine them suddenly needing another four months.  I'm sure the developers will take advantage of it either way and polish up the game.

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Posted by Cloneslayer

I'm the god-damn Batman!

Posted by Captain_Fookup

Good, it gives them more time to put more polish into the game.

Edited by Media_Master

Summer is the perfect time to release any game

But if they need the time then they should extend it

Posted by VWGTI

Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww man!!!!!!!!!

Posted by suneku

And the trend continues.... let's hope it at least comes out this year.

Posted by kennybaese

Here's to hoping this doesn't turn into The Force Unleashed or something like that.

That said, if more time means they can make the game more awesome, I'm all for it.

Posted by RHCPfan24

This sort of sucks. I was really looking forward to this. Well, let's hope this time is going to be put to good use.

Posted by RawShark

It's all... part of the plaaaan...

Posted by Daeth_On_Demand

Apparently punctuality is Batman's only weakness...

Posted by LordAndrew

Why couldn't they just admit it was delayed when asked to comment? What do they gain by waiting a few hours to announce what everyone already knows?

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Posted by AngeTheDude

I hope this doesn't end up as a holiday release.

Posted by PhilESkyline

I'd rather they take as much time as they can to perfect the game then to hurry up and rush and then release patches later. Good move...

Posted by bcfish

2 words here:  Christmas Holiday.  Sure any developer can use the time to tweak out the bugs in a game, but there's the 2nd bonus, getting a Batman game for little Johnny for Christmas.  Well, my 360 is red-ringed, so I can wait anyway.

Posted by Gregomasta

I don't get it, the video's they've been releasing have been looking spectacular. 

Posted by MeatSim

I bet this won't be released until Q4 like most games.

Posted by darkjester74

I would be kind of bummed out if it gets delayed, but if the delay means it becomes even MORE amazing, then that's fine.  I can wait.

Posted by Briz9

I guess all that talk about publishers learning not to release every game in the holiday season was just b.s.

Posted by theMcNasty

Delay Train!  Next stop: Ghost Busters.

Posted by dQuarters
Seems a little suspect. Maybe to due with synergy-caca. We'll see.

I just find it odd that it went from a pretty-solid (and soon) date to a vague months-away date.
Posted by mythus

i was getting kinda worried with batman, blazblue and kof coming out in 1 week intervals.  at least this gives me time to breathe.

Posted by Mansemat

Guess I won't be able to play it on my bday the day after. is there no justice in the world!?!

Posted by Rayfield

Goddammit! And what the hell does 'end of summer' mean exactly? Does that mean 2010? Are you kidding me?

Posted by DukeTogo

It needed the delay from what I saw of the game.  It looked too generic and not really anything different than the other crappy Batman games.  Giving it a style more akin to the comics is a good idea, but it doesn't automatically make it a good game.

And while I love the vocal cast from BTAS, having them in a game where the visuals are so far from that style actually works against it.  I'd rather have the game be based on that and be cel shaded, or just use other actors.

Posted by InFamous91

Nothing wrong with that....as long the game is great and I'm good
plus it will keep me busy during the hot summer days

Posted by DEADMARCH

That really shits me! eugh! fine make it better.

Posted by Andborn

I smell starcraft ghost...

Posted by Aaron_G

That is a big bummer. 

Posted by HitNRun

Starcraft Ghost? The game's already playable and was less than 2 months from release.

I hope they use the opportunity to vary the levels (or "rooms," anyway). That really seemed like the possible weak point of the game from what I could tell. All the footage I've seen has shown the same basic concept. It would be nice if they put in a couple memorable gimmicks.

People should remember though that this delay is only giving them 2-3 more months. It's not like they can blow the thing up and start over.

Posted by Noremakk

A bad game is bad forever, a delayed game is eventually good.

Posted by CL60

It's very saddening news.

Posted by ImAaronJ

I'm only angry because this means I won't get my batarang as quickly...

Edited by CL60
ImAaronJ said:
"I'm only angry because this means I won't get my batarang as quickly..."
lol, what are your plans with this batarang?
Posted by ImAaronJ
CL60 said:
"ImAaronJ said:
"I'm only angry because this means I won't get my batarang as quickly..."
lol, what are your plans with this batarang?"
I have alot of enemies.
Posted by TwoOneFive

i guess they realized they've gone and made the game look a little too promising for its own sake. 

Posted by CL60
ImAaronJ said:
"CL60 said:
"ImAaronJ said:
"I'm only angry because this means I won't get my batarang as quickly..."
lol, what are your plans with this batarang?"
I have alot of enemies."
Good luck then.
Posted by IVIorpheus

Hmm, it wasn't delayed too long.

Posted by Media_Master

Hope I don't have to rush the game before school starts up again.

Posted by AustinJ

As long as the game is better because of it, this news really doesn't upset me. My June was getting a little crowded anyway.

Posted by raidingkvatch

was looking forward to that, but I suppose if it makes the game better I can wait.

Posted by Shadow

I already knew it was going to be a holiday thing...or maybe I just assumed that without knowing the actual date they had scheduled.  Well whatever the case, I guess that's what's happening

Posted by Sandwizzle

All I want for Christmas is to bash the faces of my enemies into the cold, hard, slightly salty linoleum floors of Arkham.