WayForward working on 2D Metroidvania "Batman" game (Wii/DS)

#1 Edited by Meowayne (6168 posts) -

Some time ago, IGN's Mark Bozon claimed that WayForward are working on a 2D Metroidvania game from a "popular IP".
Appearantly, this game is " Batman - The Brave And The Bold".  Not much is known. Judging from the official site, the game is drawn in the style of the TV series, and there is supposed to be Wii<>DS connectivity.
Of course this looks crappy, but I'm carefully interested because with Contra 4 and especially A Boy And His Blob, WayForward have shown that they know what they're doing.
Press release: 



    Hit Animated Series Brought To Life on Wii™ and Nintendo DS™ for Kids and Families to Play Together

    BURBANK, Calif. – February 23, 2010 – Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, on behalf of DC Comics, announces Batman: The Brave and the Bold the Videogame, an action-adventure videogame based on the popular animated series, available this fall for Wii™ and Nintendo DS™. In the game, fans play alongside Batman and many of his allies in the DC UNIVERSE to take on dozens of popular villains.

    Batman: The Brave and the Bold the Videogame fully immerses fans into the vivid animated world of the successful TV series where kids can play as Batman or together with family and friends in two-player co-op mode. Players can choose from iconic characters ROBIN, GREEN LANTERN, BLUE BEETLE, along with drop-in heroes such as AQUAMAN to help solve puzzles and fight foes.

    The game provides maximum replay value to those who own both the Wii and Nintendo DS versions by allowing them to connect the two systems to unlock BAT-MITE as a playable character. Players can control him with the Nintendo DS to wreak havoc or fight alongside the main characters in all levels of the Wii videogame.

    “Batman: The Brave and the Bold the Videogame further illustrates the diverse appeal of the Batman brand and the gameplay is a fun, vibrant extension of the animated series,” said Samantha Ryan, Senior Vice President of Development and Production, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. “The game’s co-op play offers kids, families and Batman fans an interactive way of experiencing the cartoon’s iconic characters.”

    In Batman: The Brave and the Bold the Videogame, players embark on an exciting journey through crime-filled alleys, alien planets, abandoned underground cities and mysterious laboratories. Further lending to the authentic cartoon feel of the game is the inclusion of Batman’s iconic gadgets such as Batarangs and his Grapnel Gun.

    For more information, please visit www.BraveandtheBoldVideogame.com.

    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 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: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD THE VIDEOGAME software © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Developed by WayForward Technologies, Inc. Wii and Nintendo DS are trademarks of Nintendo. © 2006 Nintendo. 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 © 2010. All Rights Reserved.

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

#2 Edited by L33tfella_H (925 posts) -

Batman Metroidvania game? 
I guess Masuta was right when he said the first thing you think of when you think of a Batman game is 'metroidvania'.

#3 Posted by Rallier (1947 posts) -
#4 Edited by Al3xand3r (7912 posts) -

It would have been better if they made two games instead, on DS having a 2D Metroidvania and on Wii a 3D Metroidvania like Prime 3 + RS2. Still, this might turn out OK if they're treating it as more than a licenced cash in. There are three things to get right: combat, exploration and progression. I hope they do just that.

#5 Posted by MikkaQ (10296 posts) -

I felt like Arkham Asylum was the natural 3D progression of that genre anyway, and the only one to do it well. So the formula has technically worked before, just not on the 2D plane. This could be interesting.

#6 Posted by Evilsbane (5145 posts) -

So if I walk next to Robin and press down on the D-pad do I give him a hug?

#7 Edited by Meowayne (6168 posts) -

The problem being that, of course, Shadow Complex is too damn perfect to even remotely come close to.
(However, this one has Co-Op)

#8 Posted by Godwind (2926 posts) -

It is hard to believe this game will be good.  Not because of Wayfoward or anything, I think they do some great stuff.  But because Warner Bros is publishing it and it never seems snub up to par with what developer's potential were set to.

#9 Posted by Meowayne (6168 posts) -

I don't know, the last thing I remember Warner doing was to pick up Scribblenauts when no one else would. That was kinda cool, even though the game didn't live up to the hype.

#10 Posted by Linkyshinks (11405 posts) -

It's not even got any connection to the animated series, yet it seems they're trying to pass off some kind of connection with badly drawn Batman art, on it's official site. 
No thanks, I'll pass and wait for Arkham 2

#11 Posted by ProfessorEss (7700 posts) -

Not a whole lot of confidence in this either.
Now if if this was Chair re-writing and re-skinning Shadow Complex for Batman purposes? That would have me on board.

#12 Posted by Al3xand3r (7912 posts) -

Eh, the official website boldly states Batman The Brave and the Bold, how is that "no connection" ? Unless you're not familiar with that series (I wasn't).

Anyway, WayForward does a lot of licenced shovelware among their seriously good titles so, wait and see which end this leans to.

#13 Edited by Linkyshinks (11405 posts) -
@Al3xand3r said:

" Eh, the official website boldly states Batman The Brave and the Bold, how is that "no connection" ? Unless you're not familiar with that series (I wasn't).Anyway, WayForward does a lot of licenced shovelware among their seriously good titles so, wait and see which end this leans to. "

It seems your not familiar with the "Animated Series
I don't watch the Cartoon Network, which this lame kiddy variation is from. This game is most probably targeted at those kids who are fans of it, not those waiting to play the mature rated Arkham 2. 
#14 Edited by Al3xand3r (7912 posts) -

Okay, I still don't see why you're saying they're trying to pass it off as having a connection to The Animated Series (capitalising helps distinguish between the actual name of a series or just talking about animated series in general btw) when it clearly states what series it's based on and the art resembles that. Shit, doesn't WB own both? If they thought one is more likely to sell then they'd have told WF to make it based on that instead of The Brave and the Bold.

#15 Edited by Al3xand3r (7912 posts) -

Yeah, I'm sure a series from over a decade ago requires more money to licence than a far more recent series that is actually still running on TV, getting DVD releases and the like. And why do you assume WayForward felt like doing a Batman game and purchased the licence on their own? Isn't it far more likely that they were simply hired by WB to create it on their behalf, as they wanted a game to milk the series with? WB is the publisher after all, with the rights licenced it could have been anyone. Also, you're probably looking at The Animated Series with heavily rose tinted glasses. And The Bold and The Brave doesn't sound so bad either, very tongue in cheek 60s style or whatever with plenty of DC underdogs making appearances. I suppose expecting something serious when it's clearly not attempting to be that would certainly lead to disappointment. And the art doesn't resemble that of The Animated Series, it resembles that of The Brave and the Bold, really. Not that I'm defending the game, like I said, it's more likely to be a cheap cash in than a game they pour their soul into like A Boy and His Blob, exactly because it doesn't seem to be a project they started on their own out of personal interest but appear to have been simply hired for its creation.

#16 Posted by LordAndrew (14588 posts) -
@Linkyshinks said:
" Little WayForward can't afford the Animated Series license, so they're latching onto this cheap crap instead.  No (adult)  fan of Batman would ever want this, what they'd want is a game set in the Animated Series universe with it's high quality of art, or a unique game like Arkham, not this from a series which has failed miserably to achieve the acclaim of it's early 90's predecessor.. (-failed on comics too I hear)  
That art poorly resembles that of the Animated Series. I took a look at the website earlier and immediately thought  - what the fuck is this cheap shit?.  I haven't seen the series with good reason, I read about it a while ago and when it arrived I heard nothing but derisory comments about it from other fans. "
I think G-Man would like to have a word with you. :P
I think the important thing to understand here is that Batman: The Brave and the Bold isn't trying to be Batman: The Animated Series. It's a more lighthearted and approach to Batman, which obviously not everyone would be into. I wasn't a fan the first time I watched it either. But I still watched and began to like it for what it is, not what I wanted it to be.
#17 Edited by Icemael (6798 posts) -

I guess it could be pretty cool if they get it right, but after the last couple of Metroidvania games -- Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia and Shadow Complex, both of which where sublime -- it's gonna take a lot to impress me.

#18 Edited by Al3xand3r (7912 posts) -

Bolding stuff makes it right I guess? Why wouldn't they approach WF? Just because one Batman game got a huge budget and a good studio doesn't mean most licenced games do, especially morning cartoon based stuff. WF is exactly the type of studio they would hire for such projects. It's what WF has been doing for the most part since the 90s, being a developer for hire, aside from their own projects like Shantae and Boy and His Blob. They have done other WB titles in the past as well (and most recently Where the Wild Things Are for the DS, you think they could afford paying for that too?). If WF wanted chicken feed left over by AA I'm sure they wouldn't choose to licence this particular show, but instead only licence a few characters and make their own similarly dark theme, and even a similar 3D game. This screams of WB simply wanting a game to go with their currently aired TV series, just like many times before. Saying they're trying to take leftovers from AA with an effort like this is like saying the TV series wants leftovers from the recent movies. They're totally not going for the same appeal. At all:

"In April of 1997, WayForward Technologies restarted its contract game development business, providing services to software publishers. We have developed over fifty products since that time for various clients."

Developer for hire for projects like this, for WB, for THQ, even Konami (Contra 4, you think they licenced it?) and others.
#19 Posted by I_smell (4212 posts) -
Wow, kids games kick the shit out of what I used to play :/
#20 Posted by ryanwho (12012 posts) -

Looks pretty cool. They're using actual animation cells instead of pixel sprites or 3d. Do want.

#21 Posted by HandsomeDead (11854 posts) -

Oh, you mean a Batmentroidvania?

#22 Posted by Xander (149 posts) -

Looks more like a brawler than a Metroidvania game. :/

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