Even though Batman: Arkham City wasn't quite the revelation that Batman: Arkham Asylum was (controversy!!), it doesn't mean that Batman: Arkham City wasn't awesome
And it's about to be even more awesome.
Rocksteady and Warner Bros. Interactive have announced that Bats will get his very own "game of the year" treatment with the forthcoming Batman: Arkham City Game of the Year Edition.
Contained within will be every single DLC package released so far (Catwoman Pack, Nightwing Bundle Pack, Robin Bundle Pack, Challenge Map Pack and Arkham City Skins Pack - that's three new playable characters, seven new maps, and 12 new skins if you're scoring at home).
But that's not all. It will also come with Harley Quinn's Revenge, the game's final chapter that adds two more hours of gameplay (Let's just ignore the fact that they're freely admitting to releasing the "true" ending as DLC and get through this together, OK?)
Finally, the Batman: Arkham City Game of the Year Edition comes with a free download of the animated movie Batman Year One.
The Batman: Arkham City Game of the Year Edition comes out on May 29. For full details, follow the jump.
WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES
BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY GAME OF THE YEAR EDITION
Expanded Version of Award-Winning Videogame to Include Brand New Story Mission,
All Previously Released Downloadable Content and Batman Year One Movie Download* (restrictions apply)
BURBANK, Calif. – April 23, 2012 –Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment today announced Batman: Arkham City™ Game of the Year Edition. The expanded version of the award-winning blockbuster videogame developed by Rocksteady Studios is scheduled for release in North America starting May 29, and in Europe, Australia and other global territories in September, for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system.
Batman: Arkham City is one of the highest reviewed titles of 2011 and with the release of the Batman: Arkham City Game of the Year Edition, fans can extend the multi-award winning experience as the Dark Knight with Harley Quinn’s Revenge, the final chapter in Batman: Arkham City that adds more than two hours of original gameplay to the critically-acclaimed interactive title. Also included on disc will be all five previously released downloadable content (DLC) packs, as well as a Batman Year One movie download *(restrictions apply).
Fans who already own an original boxed edition of Batman: Arkham City can experience the new gameplay by downloading the Harley Quinn’s Revenge Pack, which will be available beginning May 29 in the PlayStation®Network and in the Xbox LIVE® Marketplace for Xbox 360.
The Harley Quinn’s Revenge mission sends players back into Arkham City to face their final challenge as they interchange between playing as both Batman and Robin. Gamers must utilize each of the characters' unique combat and investigative skills to uncover Harley's vengeful plan and shut the gates on the urban mega-prison forever. In addition to experiencing a new storyline, fans can explore new environments and face-off against Harley’s all new gang of thugs.
The DLC included on disc includes the Catwoman Pack, Nightwing Bundle Pack, Robin Bundle Pack, Challenge Map Pack and Arkham City Skins Pack. All told, Batman: Arkham City Game of the Year Edition packages new gameplay content, seven maps, three playable characters, and 12 skins beyond the original retail release:
Maps: Wayne Manor, Main Hall, Freight Train, Black Mask, The Joker’s Carnival, Iceberg Long, and Batcave
Playable Characters: Catwoman, Robin and Nightwing
Skins: 1970s Batsuit, Year One Batman, The Dark Knight Returns, Earth One Batman, Batman Beyond Batman, Animated Batman, Sinestro Corps Batman, Long Halloween Catwoman, Animated Catwoman, Animated Robin, Red Robin and Animated Nightwing
Batman: Arkham City builds upon the intense, atmospheric foundation of Batman: Arkham Asylum, sending players flying through the expansive Arkham City – five times larger than the game world in Batman: Arkham Asylum – the new maximum security “home” for all of Gotham City’s thugs, gangsters and insane criminal masterminds. Featuring an incredible Rogues Gallery of Gotham City’s most dangerous criminals including Catwoman, The Joker, The Riddler, Two-Face, Harley Quinn, The Penguin, Mr. Freeze and many others, the game allows players to genuinely experience what it feels like to be The Dark Knight delivering justice on the streets of Gotham City.
Batman: Arkham City Game of the Year Edition is based on DC Comics’ core Batman license and rated “T” for Teen by the ESRB. Fans can visit www.batmanarkhamcity.com for more information about the game.
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Batman Year One Movie Download* (restrictions apply) offer expires March 31, 2013. Internet connection required. Offer available only through Xbox LIVE® or PlayStation®Network. Must be 13 years or older to redeem offer. Offer good in the United States and Canada only.
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About Rocksteady Studios Ltd
Rocksteady Studios is a multi-award winning videogame developer based in London, England. Located in a spacious, purpose built converted factory, with full motion capture and audio studio capabilities, Rocksteady is an energetic company formed by a core team of senior industry professionals. This creates an ideal balance of drive, talent, proven methods, experience and cutting edge technology to make AAA games. Now employing over 90 people, Rocksteady's mission is to be a highly professional, efficient company whose purpose is to make great games, and have happy and healthy team members. This philosophy is the heart and soul of the company. Rocksteady received the coveted ‘studio of the year’ award at the 2009 VGA awards.