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WBIE Registers Domains For Arkham Asylum Follow-Up

Batman: Arkham Asylum 2: Arkham Harder not included.

Riddle me this: if a publisher shoots its game-reveal wad in front of a televised audience, does it dare change the name of the game revealed? Conventional marketing suggests that the answer is "no," but in the case of Batman: Arkham Asylum 2, the need of a name-flop seems downright dire -- and WB appears to get that.  
 
A recent rash of WB URL registrations spotted by super sleuth super annuation suggests that the Batman follow-up is receiving the re-direction that it screams for considering that it's not even based in the place its name indicates. As you'll notice, most of these domains seem like decent subtitle material and, at worst, fodder meant to throw us off the trail. But there's arguably one prominent theme in all of this mess: a Gotham city in trouble. This idea, at least, jives with what little we saw during the game's Spike Video Games Award show reveal.
 

 
== TEASER ==The registrations: 

  • http://whois.domaintools.com/arkhamcity.com
  • http://whois.domaintools.com/batmanarkhamcity.com
  • http://whois.domaintools.com/batmanashesofgotham.com
  • http://whois.domaintools.com/batmanbrokenground.com
  • http://whois.domaintools.com/batmannewarkham.com
  • http://whois.domaintools.com/batmangranddelusion.com
  • http://whois.domaintools.com/batmanriseofarkham.com
  • http://whois.domaintools.com/batmansiegeofgotham.com
  • http://whois.domaintools.com/batmanstateofvillainy.com
  • http://whois.domaintools.com/cityofarkham.com
  • http://whois.domaintools.com/closearkhamcity.com
  • http://whois.domaintools.com/peopleforgotham.com
  • http://whois.domaintools.com/stopmayorsharp.com
  • http://whois.domaintools.com/waringothamcity.com
  • http://whois.domaintools.com/wheresbrucewayne.com

Ashes of Gotham strikes me as the forerunner. Even if it was a subtitle, it still gives the curious Wal-Mart fan the sense of the game's purported scale. State of Villainy wouldn't be too bad, either, I suppose, if the follow-up ends up being that a boss-monster heavy romp across a Gotham gone wild.  

I should note that it's possible these aren't connected to the sequel, but the Quincy Sharp reference seems to indicate as much. Apparently, the warden of Arkham in Batman: Arkham Asylum was created specifically for use in the game(s).  So, there you go.
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Posted by BradNicholson

Riddle me this: if a publisher shoots its game-reveal wad in front of a televised audience, does it dare change the name of the game revealed? Conventional marketing suggests that the answer is "no," but in the case of Batman: Arkham Asylum 2, the need of a name-flop seems downright dire -- and WB appears to get that.  
 
A recent rash of WB URL registrations spotted by super sleuth super annuation suggests that the Batman follow-up is receiving the re-direction that it screams for considering that it's not even based in the place its name indicates. As you'll notice, most of these domains seem like decent subtitle material and, at worst, fodder meant to throw us off the trail. But there's arguably one prominent theme in all of this mess: a Gotham city in trouble. This idea, at least, jives with what little we saw during the game's Spike Video Games Award show reveal.
 

 
== TEASER ==The registrations: 

  • http://whois.domaintools.com/arkhamcity.com
  • http://whois.domaintools.com/batmanarkhamcity.com
  • http://whois.domaintools.com/batmanashesofgotham.com
  • http://whois.domaintools.com/batmanbrokenground.com
  • http://whois.domaintools.com/batmannewarkham.com
  • http://whois.domaintools.com/batmangranddelusion.com
  • http://whois.domaintools.com/batmanriseofarkham.com
  • http://whois.domaintools.com/batmansiegeofgotham.com
  • http://whois.domaintools.com/batmanstateofvillainy.com
  • http://whois.domaintools.com/cityofarkham.com
  • http://whois.domaintools.com/closearkhamcity.com
  • http://whois.domaintools.com/peopleforgotham.com
  • http://whois.domaintools.com/stopmayorsharp.com
  • http://whois.domaintools.com/waringothamcity.com
  • http://whois.domaintools.com/wheresbrucewayne.com

Ashes of Gotham strikes me as the forerunner. Even if it was a subtitle, it still gives the curious Wal-Mart fan the sense of the game's purported scale. State of Villainy wouldn't be too bad, either, I suppose, if the follow-up ends up being that a boss-monster heavy romp across a Gotham gone wild.  

I should note that it's possible these aren't connected to the sequel, but the Quincy Sharp reference seems to indicate as much. Apparently, the warden of Arkham in Batman: Arkham Asylum was created specifically for use in the game(s).  So, there you go.
Edited by Alphazero

Neat! 
 
Playing Splinter Cell Conviction recently reminded me quite a bit of the first Arkham Asylum. Sam Fisher is the drunk, Canadian Batman.

Posted by Meptron

seems like Arkham City comes up a few times. I like the ring of that.

Edited by Landon

Almost all of these are better names than Arkham Asylum 2. Now, if only The Force Unleashed 2 will change it's name.

Posted by rjayb89

Batman: Batman that Hoe.

Posted by Venatio

I really hope that the new Batman game isn't called Arkham Assylum 2

Posted by ZeForgotten

I like People Forgot Ham the most! 
What!? It's People For Gotham? .. meh

Posted by fwylo

City of Arkham is badass. 
 
Though Arkham Harder is hilarious.

Posted by AuthenticM

I root for Ashes of Gotham.

Posted by NekuCTR

I don't think that all, if any of these are intended to become game names. for example wheres Bruce Wayne is more likely to become a campaign slogan than the actual name of the game, and also they seemed pretty set on Arkam Asylum 2 .

Posted by alternate

No surprise, I never believed it would actually be called straight out Arkham 2.  All sequels will just be Batman + subtitle - it is the Batman name that sells to a casual audience.
 
I quite like  batman broken ground but I suspect one of those with Arkham or Gotham in the title will be chosen.

Posted by MeatSim

Makes sense if the game won't be in the actual Arkham Asylum.

Posted by Bones8677

I agree Batman: Ashes of Gotham sounds like the best of that list. Gettin' pretty excited. ^_^

Posted by This_Dude

The original AA was one of my favorite games of all time.  It was great to finally feel like you were Batman, and have access to his full potential.

Posted by iAmJohn

Ashes of Gotham plz.

Posted by RedSpark47

Batman asylum seems like a good name 

Posted by TurboMan

War in Gotham seems good to me.

Posted by wrecks

Arkham Unleashed.

Posted by Binman88
@ZeForgotten said:
" I like People Forgot Ham the most! What!? It's People For Gotham? .. meh "
lmao
Posted by damswedon
Posted by FuzzYLemoN

Um, correction: The game has never had a name. Go back and watch the trailer, foo'!

Posted by MattOnTheSite

I was thinking of alternate subtitles for this game the other day. Because it sure does need one.
The one that came to mind, though already in use, was Batman: Streets of Gotham.
Similarly to the use of the Arkham name in the asylum, being in the streets would really go well with the Gotham name.

Posted by armaan8014
@Binman88 said:
" @ZeForgotten said:
" I like People Forgot Ham the most! What!? It's People For Gotham? .. meh "
lmao "
Oh wow, That's what I read it as too until I read your post.
Posted by Patman99

I think the two best names in the list are: Batman: Ashes of Gotham, and Batman: Siege of Gotham. I think if it's going to be in Gotham city then it needs to have Gotham in the name and not Arkham...

Posted by RecSpec
@ZeForgotten said:
" I like People Forgot Ham the most! What!? It's People For Gotham? .. meh "
Haha.
Posted by MushroomSamba
Batman: Newark Ham. Make it happen.
Posted by TadThuggish

Stoked about this name change, as long as it's something.  "Arkham Asylum 2" sounds like a rehash, or at least a sequel set in the same place, doing the same thing, with the same people (I hope it's not!)  If each subsequent Batman game gets a great and beloved moniker attached, it would spare us the need for spelling them out numerically.
 
Although really, I wish Rocksteady would be put to work on other DC properties.  I am aching for a Green Lantern game.  Batman is clearly the one that sells the most, but come onnnnnn.  Let the magic be worked on something else.

Posted by CaptainFish

I don't think Arkham is a city, it's like having Alcatraz city. Unless they're implying Arkham spills out into Gotham turning Gotham into an "Arkham" City. I can even see the sign with the Goth crossed out in graffiti. Might be cool.

Posted by RipTheVeins

Ashes of Gotham would be the best out of those.  Other than that I could see Rise of Arkham being a good title since it draws the connection to Arkham and also suggests a bigger scale, but it's just not as catchy.

Posted by Williamdeb

people forgot ham . com is my favorite.

Posted by cikame

Say Arkham Asylum and people recognise it as a high quality game, therefore i think they should keep Arkham in the title.
Arkham City sounds ok until you think of football clubs, and now if it's called Arkham City i don't think i could buy it.
 
Was trying to think of a title but i find myself glancing at my dvd and game collection, ending up with ideas like Arkham Creed or Arkham Rising (which isn't bad but there's 3 'Rising' games on the way so... no).

Posted by Nadafinga
@Patman99 said:
" I think the two best names in the list are: Batman: Ashes of Gotham, and Batman: Siege of Gotham. I think if it's going to be in Gotham city then it needs to have Gotham in the name and not Arkham... "
This.
Posted by NMC2008

Batman Goes Batnanas

Posted by mariussmit

I think it should be called Batman: Gotham City and then in the style of Metal Gear Solid 2 you should be Batman for the first few sections and play the rest of the game as Robin mwahahaha!

Posted by CL60

I like City of Arkham.

Posted by emkeighcameron

Just call it 
 
Batman: Press X to Kick Ass

Posted by rachelepithet

Stop Mayor Sharp! is a great name if they're gonna have TellTale make a spinoff to all this.
Posted by XaiaX
@ZeForgotten: HAhAHAhAahAHahAAHAhhaahAHAHAHHAHahaHA
Posted by MajorToms

It's gonna be bumping, city of Arkham, is where it takes place under national attention?

Edited by ProfessorEss
@MushroomSamba said:

" Batman: Newark Ham. Make it happen. "

Haha, Batman: Newark was the first thing I saw too.
Hopefully Superman Lover will make a guest appearance.
 
"You usually see me flyin through the air but the utility belt on my underwear need repair."
Posted by ChristianCastillo

Ashes of Gotham sounds awesome

Posted by GaZZuM

There's gonna be so much sewer trawling it that game, but it'll be worth it to get up amongst the rooftops.

Posted by Olivaw

Some of those seem like viral website material.
 
People for Gotham, Close Arkham City, Stop Mayor Sharp, War in Gotham City, Where's Bruce Wayne.
 
All potential viral sites to get people jazzed about a new Batman game.
 
Man, I am so glad someone finally made a good Batman game. I really want the sequel to be even better!

Posted by blalala
@ProfessorEss: @ProfessorEss said:
" @MushroomSamba said:

" Batman: Newark Ham. Make it happen. "

Haha, Batman: Newark was the first thing I saw too. Hopefully Superman Lover will make a guest appearance.  "You usually see me flyin through the air but the utility belt on my underwear need repair." "
OR: Bat Mana: She's Of Gotham
Posted by Inks

  
http://whois.domaintools.com/wheresbrucewayne.com
lol'd

Posted by Jedted

"Ashes of Gotham" sounds like the best choice to me.  As long as it has BATMAN in the title then people will know what the game's about. 
Posted by Toxin066

We can't  have Batman Returns: Not the Movie The Game?

Posted by DeathbyYeti

brad you do the journalism thing somewhat make Batman: Arkham Asylum 2: Arkham Harder happen

Posted by studnoth1n

does any of this really matter? to me it's just white noise for anyone other than the schleps over in marketing. anyone who enjoyed arkham asylum even in the slightest will pick up the follow-up, whether they decide on "batman: back alley bandit" or "batman bukkake."  arguing that we need some cliche titling i think undermines the common sense of most people, especially most people who already know what they like.

Posted by Warchief

 Ashes of Gotham is full of win.   

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