Batman: Arkham Knight

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Batman: Arkham Knight is not in development for Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3, Rocksteady has confirmed, telling Game Informer that going next-gen only allowed it to be "more ambitious with the design and make a real, genuine next-gen game".

"It's not a challenge to move to next-gen," explained game director Sefton Hill. "The real challenge is making sure you’re getting the best out of the machines. It’s easy to get the game running, but it's about, ‘What can we do that really pushes those machines?’ Obviously you see a lot of games that are cross-gen, and they feel a bit reined in because of that. Because we were able to make that decision quite early, we were able to be more ambitious with the design and make a real, genuine next-gen game."

Despite the game being exclusive to PS4, Xbox One and PC, though, Arkham Knight doesn't appear to be making use of Epic's next-gen engine Unreal Engine 4.

Instead, it's being built on a "juiced-up version of Rocksteady's custom modified Unreal engine", suggesting that the game may be sticking with the earlier games’ Unreal Engine 3.

Nevertheless, the game still appears to be pushing the power of next-gen consoles, with a single character used within the game’s cinematics rendered with a similar polygon count to that of Arkham Asylum’s entire environment.

The Batmobile itself uses 160MB of memory, too, thanks to its "very expensive shaders and textures" and the "hundreds of thousands of polygons" used to build it. The world of Gotham City is said to be five times larger than that of Arkham City, too.

"Our lead engine coder was saying the other day that, when you switch to next-gen only, rather than saying 'no' to our artists and designers a lot he can now just say 'yes'," studio director Jamie Walker added. "That's what the horsepower of next-gen enables us to do."

Batman: Arkham Knight launches on Xbox One, PS4 and PC later this year.

Source: Game Informer | April 2014

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EverTheOptimist@ steveperry_1981

I can understand why you're annoyed but this kind of thing was always going to happen. We've had new consoles for a year, it's nice that they will have the full attention paid to them.

I enjoyed Asylum but only played a bit of City, but I'll be following this with a keen eye.
Posted 14:42 on 06 October 2014
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steveperry_1981

Im not ok with this game not being available for the xbox 360!! My son has all the other batman games and wants to add this one to his collection. I cant afford to run out and buy an xbox one just for that game.....not to mention the fact that his other batman games probably wont work on the xbox one!! How is that fair????
Posted 00:16 on 05 October 2014
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Bremaine

I'm fine with this being released for new gen consoles. Everyone who is complaining has to realize that the Xbox 360 and PS3 have been around for over 5 years, the xbox 360 near 8 years and the PS3 near 7 I believe. That's longer than what is expected. It's time to adapt to the new generation or just wait until prices lower.
Posted 03:07 on 25 July 2014
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Manilacheese39

Common rocksteady make it for the 360 if u want it to be a big hit

Ps my user name is my 360 gamer tag and I love minecraft
Posted 00:42 on 22 July 2014
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Manilacheese39

Common rocksteady make it for the 360
Posted 00:39 on 22 July 2014
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Batman_Rocks85@ Realist

WE CANT BUY THE NEXT CONSOLE BECAUSE WE CANT AFFORD IT!!!
Posted 05:55 on 12 July 2014
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Batman_Rocks85

You guys made me so pissed I i started yelling....the is BULL **** I wanted to play a game for fun but KNOW To just PLAY the game I am suppose to go to the store And spend $400 on a system JUST TO PLAY IT......**** NO......I just wanted to complete the series....but no YOU GUYS RUINED IT FOR ME.......****.....please....make it for xbox 360.....I used to depend on you guys to give me an awesome game to play...but now i cant....thanks alot....
Posted 05:53 on 12 July 2014
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drewell23

I am not a fan of arkham anymore!!!
Posted 05:01 on 19 June 2014
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drewell23

What the ***** happened to 360? Rocksteady *****ed up real good!!! This is bull*****!!! I was a huge fan of rock steady , but now I'm super pissed
Posted 04:59 on 19 June 2014
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cdn28

This is *****ed up I just got my ps3 a couple a years ago and. I've played all the Arkham games and I loved them. When I heard they were making another one I was excited until I read it was only going to be on ps4 and xbox one. There is no way I can afford a ps4 and in all honesty I don't see the point in buying one anytime soon. Stupid Rocksteady
Posted 14:02 on 17 April 2014
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Realist@ Legoguy626

Because they totally care what a cheapskate like you thinks. If you like the games so much then you'll buy the next console.
Posted 03:12 on 06 April 2014
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Realist

Buy the new console and/or stop complaining.
Posted 03:10 on 06 April 2014
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Legoguy626

Rocksteady release the game for Xbox360 And PS3 or i will spam complaints on your team Rocksteady
Posted 00:46 on 30 March 2014
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Legoguy626

This is such BS
Posted 00:45 on 30 March 2014
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Legoguy626

That Is sooooooooo Disgraceful
Posted 00:45 on 30 March 2014

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Release Date: 02/06/2015
Developer: Rocksteady Studios
Publisher: Warner Bros.
Genre: Action
Rating: TBC
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