We’ve covered the upcoming video game Batman: Arkham Knight here on the site a couple times, with some awesome photos and then in a more detailed piece talking about everything we know about the game so far. One of the things we thought we knew was that the game was going to hit shelves later this year, but now Kotaku reports that the final game in Rocksteady’s Arkham trilogy has been pushed back to a 2015 release.
This is unfortunate, but it also seems to be following a pattern with release dates for games this year. The Witcher 3, The Order: 1886, The Division, and Mad Max were all once scheduled to arrive in stores this year, only to be delayed because they weren’t quite ready. Even Watch Dogs, which was officially released a week ago, was originally supposed to arrive earlier in the year. Kotaku spoke with marketing game manager Dax Ginn, who revealed the reason for the delay:
Now Batman: Arkham Knight is totally awesome. The thing about awesome, though, is awesome takes time. And totally awesome takes a lot of time. So in collaboration with our colleagues at Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment and DC Comics, we have decided to extend the development time of Batman: Arkham Knight. Now, the very simple reason for doing this is to ensure we are delivering the awesome level of quality that Batman fans and gamers expect from this, the final episode and the epic conclusion to the Rocksteady Arkham trilogy. The Dark Knight will face his ultimate challenge in Batman: Arkham Knight now to be released in 2015.
I know some people are probably going to be disappointed by the shifted release date, but I’d like to think that everyone can agree they’d rather be playing a game the company is proud of instead of one that was rushed to completion before its time. When films are delayed, there’s often a hush of worry that falls over the geek community, and whispers of reshoots and things like that often breed negative energy about a film before it opens. Sometimes that kind of thinking is warranted (47 Ronin, for example), but other times delays actually do what they’re supposed to: allow the creators more time to fix problems so they can deliver us something they’re actually happy with (World War Z, anyone?). So put down your pitchforks, gamers – I’m guessing this Arkham Knight delay will be for the better. We’ll find out in 2015.
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