DC Collectibles kicked off San Diego Comic-Con 2015 with a preview event highlighting many of the bigger figures and series we'll be seeing over the course of the next 12 months. From continued support for the Icons and TV series lines to new Designer Series figures and Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice pieces, there's a little bit of something for everyone in DC Collectibles' plans.
As cool as it was to see many of the new items on hand, the stars of the show were the characters getting the Darwyn Cooke touch as part of his Designer wave. Cooke's long been a favorite of mine, and his New Frontier figures from way back when are still some of the most stylish in my collection. Now that he's adding new takes on Batman, Supergirl, Adam Strange and Harley Quinn, I couldn't be happier. Combined with the expansion of the Batman: The Animated Series line to more obscure characters, 2015 and 2016 are shaping up to be a good time for clean, simple designs.
Rocksteady's Batman: Arkham Knight has only been out for a few weeks, and already we've got rumors and reports about what's next for DC Comics' heroes in the video game world. While there have been reports about a Justice League or Superman game for almost as long as the Batman: Arkham series has been successful, nothing substantial has ever turned up. A few different developers not named Rocksteady tried their hands at Superman and Flash games for the previous generation, but those never saw the light of day, leaving us with Batman: Arkham as the only non-MMO console experience.
Now, just days before San Diego Comic-Con is set to kick off, new rumors have surfaced that a Superman game is actually in the works... from someone. Maybe. That's part of the problem with the rumor mill; it's just too easy to fake things these days. Keeping that in mind, let's take a look at this purported leak and see if there's any possible truth to the idea that there's a new Superman game currently in development.
Warner Bros. Interactive and DC Entertainment have announced the pricing and release date for Batman: Arkham Knight's first major piece of downloadable content. Now that Scarecrow's fear toxin has started to dissipate and Gotham's Rogues Gallery is locked up at GCPD (spoilers: criminals go to jail), it's time to go back to an era long before the Arkham series started. During the events of Batman: Arkham Asylum, Barbara Gordon was already the Oracle, who helped the Dark Knight from her Batcomputer at home. Batgirl: A Matter of Family will have you playing as Babs back when she donned the cape and cowl, long before the horrific events of Alan Moore's Batman: The Killing Joke.
Warner Bros. Interactive has decided to pull Batman: Arkham Knight from store shelves, according to Ars Technica. Steam has also stopped selling the digital version of the game as well. Since the game's launch on June 23, PC users have been reporting all kinds of issues with the game, including crashes and extremely unstable frame rates, even when the PC game has a cap of 30fps.
The sixth episode of Arkham Insider features Social Marketing Manager Gaz Deaves interviewing members of Rocksteady Studios to learn about the gameplay features of Batman: Arkham Knight before the game's big launch next week. Gaz interviews Bill Green, who designed Two Face's bank robbery stages throughout the game. In the midst of all the chaos being caused by the rest of the Rogues Gallery, Two Faces' men are robbing Gotham's banks. Due to the loud alarms going off, Batman is able to steathily enter these buildings and begin some Predator gameplay sequences where you've got to takedown gun-toting baddies without being caught.
If you pay attention, the opening scenes of Batman: Arkham Knight could potentially give away a major plot reveal later on in the game. Nevertheless, welcome to Gotham. We hope you like crimes and capes.
It wouldn't be a modern day video game release if there wasn't some kind of exclusive pre-order DLC at GameStop. Despite the hopes of just about everyone in the universe that isn't an executive at the gaming retail chain, even Batman: Arkham Knight has succumbed to the trend. Exclusive to those who pre-order the upcoming third game in Rocksteady Studios' Batman: Arkham trilogy at GameStop, the Red Hood Story Pack puts you in the shoes of the vigilante for the first time in the series. If you recall, GameStop is also the only place you can get DC Collectibles' Batman: Arkham Knight Red Hood figure as well. Guess somebody over there really, really, really, really likes Jason Todd... if that's who this Red Hood is, anyway.
Today, we got our first in-depth look at the Red Hood Story Pack DLC outside of a brief commercial that's been airing hyping up the pre-order incentive. Unlike previous Batman: Arkham DLC packs, you'll actually be able to play through some story missions as the Red Hood. Previously, additional character packs were relegated to Challenge Mode only, save for the Catwoman DLC in Arkham City. This time around, both Harley Quinn and Red Hood will get playable segments, which would be a great new twist if both characters weren't used as bargaining chips in exclusive deals.
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