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    Batman: Arkham City

    Game » consists of 23 releases. Released Oct 18, 2011

    When Gotham City's slums have been transformed into a secluded super-prison, it's up to Batman to uncover its conspiracy in the sequel to 2009's Batman: Arkham Asylum.

    Batman: Arkham City's Pre-Order Bonus Scheme Is Like Some Terrible, Labyrinthine Nightmare

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    Edited By alex

    Few topics rankle the feathers of the video game enthusiast these days quite like that of pre-order bonus content. Whether it's lamenting the excising of content from a game for the sake of releasing it later as a bonus (or paid DLC), offering unlocks for content that's already on the disc, or tossing so many confusing, bizarre options out there that invariably, everyone is going to end up disappointed, there isn't an awful lot to like about pre-ordering games these days.

    No Caption Provided

    One of the more extreme examples of pre-ordering insanity comes from WB Games and developer Rocksteady's upcoming Batman sequel, Arkham City. We've heard over the last few weeks about a variety of different pre-order options coming our way, including everything from various Batman character skins, to Joker-oriented challenge maps and even the boy wonder himself. Robin, as a playable character. But between all these different pieces of content, as well as the various retailer exclusivity deals attached to them, figuring out where, how, and why to pre-order has apparently been something of a headache for would-be players.

    We know this, because a moderator on the official Arkham City forums actually went to the trouble of creating a pre-ordering guide for anyone trying to figure out where to get the content they want. Yes, that's right: a guide to pre-ordering a game. I'm not completely certain if this is the last sign of the apocalypse before the Horsemen come down and start inflicting plague, pestilence and pre-order bonuses on the screaming, writhing masses, but it certainly looks like it.

    The list is especially confusing because different regions have different retailers, and thus the exclusivity deals change depending on which portion of the planet you dwell within. Take a look at this list, and do your best not to go boss-eyed.

    The pre-order Robin model.
    The pre-order Robin model.

    ROBIN

    • GERMANY -AMAZON
    • FRANCE- MICROMANIA
    • HOLLAND - GAMEMANIA
    • BELGUIM - GAMEMANIA AND SMARTOYS
    • ITALY - GAMESTOP
    • NORDICS- GAMESTOP
    • NORTH AMERICA - BESTBUY
    • CANADA - BEST BUY
    • AUSTRALIA - JB HIFI
    • MEXICO - GAMERUSH

    BATMAN 1970S SKIN

    • UK- SHOPTONET
    • FRANCE- AMAZON
    • ITALY- FNAC
    • AUSTRALIA - EB GAMES

    JOKER DLC MAP (CARNIVAL)

    • GERMANY - MEDIA MARKT
    • FRANCE - GAME
    • HOLLAND AND BELGIUM - FREE RECORD SHOP
    • ITALY - MEDIA MARKET
    • US - GAMESTOP
    • AUSTRALIA - EB GAMES
    • CANADA- GAMESTOP
    No Caption Provided

    ANIMATED SERIES SKIN

    • GERMANY - SATURN
    • FRANCE- CASINO
    • HOLLAND- BART SMIT
    • BELGIUM - FNAC
    • ITALY- FELTRINELLI
    • AUSTRALIA - JB HIFI

    BATMAN BEYOND SKIN

    • UK - GAMESTOP
    • GERMANY - MULLER GE PLAYART AUSTRIA
    • FRANCE- AUCHAN
    • HOLLAND- MICROMEDIA
    • BELIGUM - HORELEC
    • ITALY- OPENGAMES
    • AUSTRALIA - GAME
    • MEXICO - GAMERS RETAIL

    BATMAN YEAR ONE SKIN

    • GERMANY - EXPERT
    • FRANCE - FNAC
    • BELGIUM - DREAMLAND COLRUYT
    • ITALY- BLOCKBUSTER
    Pre-order costumes
    Pre-order costumes

    BATMAN EARTH ONE SKIN

    • GERMANY- GAMESTOP
    • FRANCE- JEUX VIDEO & CO
    • HOLLAND- GAMEWORLD
    • BELGIUM- BEMS
    • ITALY - CIDIVERTE
    • AUSTRALIA - JB HIFI

    US

    • AMAZON - $10 Amazon credit and Arkham City Comic (print version of the 5 digital comics)
    • WALMART- $ 10 egift card

    Congratulations. If you managed to get through all of that and make it to the other side unscathed, you get your baby brother back and David Bowie will sing you a nice ballad.

    The worst part of all of this? It isn't even the complete list. Several territories and retailers aren't even finalized yet, meaning that more layers of obfuscation will be added to the process before we even get within punching distance of playing this game. We've reached out to WB Games for any info as to whether these pieces of content will become paid DLC in the foreseeable future or not, but as of yet have not received a response. I'll update this story if they get back to us.

    (Thanks to whatisdelicious for sending this in!)

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    #1  Edited By alex

    Few topics rankle the feathers of the video game enthusiast these days quite like that of pre-order bonus content. Whether it's lamenting the excising of content from a game for the sake of releasing it later as a bonus (or paid DLC), offering unlocks for content that's already on the disc, or tossing so many confusing, bizarre options out there that invariably, everyone is going to end up disappointed, there isn't an awful lot to like about pre-ordering games these days.

    No Caption Provided

    One of the more extreme examples of pre-ordering insanity comes from WB Games and developer Rocksteady's upcoming Batman sequel, Arkham City. We've heard over the last few weeks about a variety of different pre-order options coming our way, including everything from various Batman character skins, to Joker-oriented challenge maps and even the boy wonder himself. Robin, as a playable character. But between all these different pieces of content, as well as the various retailer exclusivity deals attached to them, figuring out where, how, and why to pre-order has apparently been something of a headache for would-be players.

    We know this, because a moderator on the official Arkham City forums actually went to the trouble of creating a pre-ordering guide for anyone trying to figure out where to get the content they want. Yes, that's right: a guide to pre-ordering a game. I'm not completely certain if this is the last sign of the apocalypse before the Horsemen come down and start inflicting plague, pestilence and pre-order bonuses on the screaming, writhing masses, but it certainly looks like it.

    The list is especially confusing because different regions have different retailers, and thus the exclusivity deals change depending on which portion of the planet you dwell within. Take a look at this list, and do your best not to go boss-eyed.

    The pre-order Robin model.
    The pre-order Robin model.

    ROBIN

    • GERMANY -AMAZON
    • FRANCE- MICROMANIA
    • HOLLAND - GAMEMANIA
    • BELGUIM - GAMEMANIA AND SMARTOYS
    • ITALY - GAMESTOP
    • NORDICS- GAMESTOP
    • NORTH AMERICA - BESTBUY
    • CANADA - BEST BUY
    • AUSTRALIA - JB HIFI
    • MEXICO - GAMERUSH

    BATMAN 1970S SKIN

    • UK- SHOPTONET
    • FRANCE- AMAZON
    • ITALY- FNAC
    • AUSTRALIA - EB GAMES

    JOKER DLC MAP (CARNIVAL)

    • GERMANY - MEDIA MARKT
    • FRANCE - GAME
    • HOLLAND AND BELGIUM - FREE RECORD SHOP
    • ITALY - MEDIA MARKET
    • US - GAMESTOP
    • AUSTRALIA - EB GAMES
    • CANADA- GAMESTOP
    No Caption Provided

    ANIMATED SERIES SKIN

    • GERMANY - SATURN
    • FRANCE- CASINO
    • HOLLAND- BART SMIT
    • BELGIUM - FNAC
    • ITALY- FELTRINELLI
    • AUSTRALIA - JB HIFI

    BATMAN BEYOND SKIN

    • UK - GAMESTOP
    • GERMANY - MULLER GE PLAYART AUSTRIA
    • FRANCE- AUCHAN
    • HOLLAND- MICROMEDIA
    • BELIGUM - HORELEC
    • ITALY- OPENGAMES
    • AUSTRALIA - GAME
    • MEXICO - GAMERS RETAIL

    BATMAN YEAR ONE SKIN

    • GERMANY - EXPERT
    • FRANCE - FNAC
    • BELGIUM - DREAMLAND COLRUYT
    • ITALY- BLOCKBUSTER
    Pre-order costumes
    Pre-order costumes

    BATMAN EARTH ONE SKIN

    • GERMANY- GAMESTOP
    • FRANCE- JEUX VIDEO & CO
    • HOLLAND- GAMEWORLD
    • BELGIUM- BEMS
    • ITALY - CIDIVERTE
    • AUSTRALIA - JB HIFI

    US

    • AMAZON - $10 Amazon credit and Arkham City Comic (print version of the 5 digital comics)
    • WALMART- $ 10 egift card

    Congratulations. If you managed to get through all of that and make it to the other side unscathed, you get your baby brother back and David Bowie will sing you a nice ballad.

    The worst part of all of this? It isn't even the complete list. Several territories and retailers aren't even finalized yet, meaning that more layers of obfuscation will be added to the process before we even get within punching distance of playing this game. We've reached out to WB Games for any info as to whether these pieces of content will become paid DLC in the foreseeable future or not, but as of yet have not received a response. I'll update this story if they get back to us.

    (Thanks to whatisdelicious for sending this in!)

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    #2  Edited By Bestostero

    I want these!

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    #3  Edited By neek

    classic ftw

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    #4  Edited By Dany

    I fucking hate shit like this.

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    #5  Edited By NeutralDensity

    What the heck!?

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    #6  Edited By NorthSarge

    BATMANBATMANBATMAN

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    #7  Edited By mus

    I am blind. Would it be correct to say that the other skins would eventually be released, ala Mortal Kombat style skins. 

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    #8  Edited By zombie2011

    I just wanna see a larger pic of all the costumes.

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    #9  Edited By khopps17

    that labrynth reference... damn you navarro

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    #10  Edited By 2HeadedNinja

    funny thing is ... there isn't even a CE for the PC version ... at least not at my usual retailers.

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    #11  Edited By nathos

    They're going to sell all of these as DLC later, right? RIGHT?

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    #12  Edited By Bestostero
    @Mus said:
    I am blind. Would it be correct to say that the other skins would eventually be released, ala Mortal Kombat style skins. 
    They will be, these are just early access, someone mentioned it earlier in the Batman Arkham City forums.
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    #13  Edited By benjaebe

    You know when you have to run a preordering guide that there's a problem. Also extremely jealous that the UK gets the Batman Beyond skin and we don't.

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    #14  Edited By vitor

    @Dany said:

    I fucking hate shit like this.

    This. Even if they'll be made available to everyone post launch, it's ridiculous. Especially if they then charge for it also. Post game DLC I support. Even launch day DLC - the way games are made, some of that stuff really is stuff they only started working on when the game went gold.

    But costumes like this? Eurgh. Early access preorder incentive is fine as long as everyone can unlock it through normal gameplay.

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    #15  Edited By Catolf

    i spotted an Alex post 10 miles away, also inserting david bowie into this makes it 100% win.. but wtf is this mess with batman..ugh.

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    #16  Edited By White_Silhouette

    This is getting insanely stupid (more so). since it's just a matter of time before they become DLC.

    That being said I wouldn't mind the Batman Beyond skin. But it's not available in my country or neighbouring countries.

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    #17  Edited By buft

    ok i have no idea what i will get if i preorder, is GAME doing anything?

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    #18  Edited By test0r

    So I'm just going to wait until this is on sale for $10 on Steam then.

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    #19  Edited By Huzzabari

    Looks like I'm ordering amazon, I'd love that batman beyond skin though : (

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    #20  Edited By Brendan
    • NORTH AMERICA - BESTBUY
    • CANADA - BEST BUY

    What is this I don't even

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    #21  Edited By Tan

    Wait. Does that mean Canada can't get that animated series skin? D:!

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    #22  Edited By abendlaender

    Wait, where do I have to preorder to get just the main game?

    I´m so confused....

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    #23  Edited By Kill

    UK Giant Bomb Bros: ShopTo offers free Next Day delivery as standard and 95% of the time is the cheapest option. ALWAYS USE SHOPTO.

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    #24  Edited By rmanthorp  Moderator

    FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU-

    Hype = 110%

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    #25  Edited By Matte_G

    UK has Gamestop?

    I've never seen one, I know we have like 4 Best Buys though.

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    #26  Edited By Maystack

    Wait, UK doesn't get robin? I'm pissed.

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    #27  Edited By mesoian

    The only thing I looked for was to see the status of the animated series outfit. I guess I won't be getting that day one.

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    #28  Edited By monkeystick

    Gotta catch 'em all!

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    #29  Edited By musubi

    I say who cares!  These are all obviously going to be DLC in the near future.  They released all the challenge maps from the first game.   Hell... might even be worth it to wait for a GOTY edition with everything packed in and a cheaper price.

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    #30  Edited By Vexxan

    CHAOS.

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    #31  Edited By Lazyaza
    @nathos said:

    They're going to sell all of these as DLC later, right? RIGHT?

    This has been confirmed by Rocksteady yes.
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    #32  Edited By Make_Me_Mad

    Congratulations. If you managed to get through all of that and make it to the other side unscathed, you get your baby brother back and David Bowie will sing you a nice ballad.

    Alex does write some great articles.  That said, I made it about halfway down the ROBIN list before my eyes tried to escape from their torment.
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    #33  Edited By adoggz

    If you preorder from me you can get an exclusive Russian Martian Batman skin 
     

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    OR Green Lantern Batman skin.
     
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    supplies are limited! Order Now!
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    #34  Edited By Chop

    This on top of the $70 price tag here? 
     
    Sorry AC, I'm not buying you until you make the bargain bin. 

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    #35  Edited By Bourbon_Warrior

    BATMAN BATMAN BATMAN BATMAN BATMAN......FATMAN?

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    #36  Edited By Bumpton

    So, US can only get a comic, the Joker DLC, or Robin? No Batman costumes? That's lame...
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    #37  Edited By MeatSim

    Ugh! what a mess.

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    #38  Edited By Bass

    HEY, GUESS WHAT? Amazon gives you $10 for pre-ordering the game! They throw in some comics, that's cool I guess, but I get a $10 dollar gift-card to the only place I buy stuff. That sounds like the better deal by quite a margin.

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    #39  Edited By BLipp18

    what amount of money do i need to give WB/where do i need to preorder to get them to make the entire game look like the Animated Series skin? cause i will pay a hefty sum for that to happen

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    #40  Edited By MikeydCT

    cant get the animated series skin in US what BS

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    #41  Edited By DarkbeatDK

    Okay, so I'm from Denmark and I've ordered the collectors edition from Game.co.uk which gives me the Dark Knight Returns skin. Now, I just need to buy the game 7 more times from retailers across Europe to get the complete experience. Great!

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    #42  Edited By Milkman

    So, you can't even get any of the Batman skins in the US? What kind of horseshit is that?

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    #43  Edited By Duffyside

    @adoggz said:

    If you preorder from me you can get an exclusive Russian Martian Batman skin
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    OR Green Lantern Batman skin.
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    supplies are limited! Order Now!

    Shame on everyone else that I'm the first to quote this. SHAME ON YOU ALL.

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    #44  Edited By jmfinamore
    @Bumpton said:
    So, US can only get a comic, the Joker DLC, or Robin? No Batman costumes? That's lame...
    Totally. I was really hoping to be able to get one of them (especially the Animated Series on). Being American is hard. 
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    #45  Edited By vonFlampanker

    Thanks, business majors!

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    #46  Edited By m0n3d4

    Reminds me of the chart someone had to make for Dragon Age: Origins... 
     

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    #47  Edited By mosespippy

    I'd say all the skins will go up as a paid DLC pack within a month of release.

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    #48  Edited By MJHAYLETT

    this kind of shenanigans make me not pre-order a game and indeed not buy it new. I can wait for a good game. In six months when its cheaper and maybe even pre-owned it's still a good game. If it had one universal pre-order goody then fine - everyone gets it but this piecemeal nonsense has to stop.

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    #49  Edited By tebbit

    @adoggz: Spec-tacular. Be on the lookout for my $350 in your letterbox.

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    #50  Edited By PolyesterPimp

    Where can I get the Batman Beyond skin? That's got my monies. 
     
    ANd what is that Fat Bat Man? And who the hell would want Robin? That guys teh uber ghey.

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