It was hard to get our hopes up awhile back when Best Buy listed a playable Robin as part of its exclusive Batman: Arkham City preorder package.

After all, there was buzz more than a year ago about the possibility when Vincent Martella briefly popped up as the voice of the Boy Wonder up on the Arkham City Imdb listing and that proved fruitless.

Now it's official, though. Robin will be a playable character in Batman: Arkham City. Not only that, Robin will come equipped with a variant Red Robin costume and Robin-centric gadgets, along with two exclusive challenge maps when the game drops on October 18.

If you want to enjoy the full Tim Drake experience, your options are limited, however. Robin's only playable in challenge maps and the experience is exclusive to those who pre-order Best Buy's Xbox 360, PC and PlayStation 3 versions of the game.From

While supplies last, pre-order the game for an exclusive downloadable Robin character. Robin is a fully playable character in the new and improved challenge mode in Batman: Arkham City. The Tim Drake Robin pack is available exclusively to fans who pre-order the game from Best Buy on Xbox 360, PC and PS3. Robin comes complete with his own unique gadgets and special moves, and will be playable in all challenge maps in the game, as well as two additional challenge maps that are included with the pack: Black Mask Hideout and Freight Train Escape. The pack will also contain a bonus Red Robin character skin.

See a bigger version of the Batman: Arkham City Robin promo art below: