Arkham City sells 2 million in first week

Wow. The Batman has had a really good week. His newest game, Batman: Arkham City, scored very well with reviewers, and it seems to be a hit with fans, too. The detective's game shipped 4.2 million copies in its first week – an impressive feat – but even more astounding are the sales. Though many often lament over the overabundance of shooters, it looks like gamers are ready for more, as Arkham City has sold 2 million of those copies in just one week.

The numbers come from the LA Times, who notes that the sales put it among the fastest selling games of the year. Sure, those aren't Battlefield or Call of Duty numbers, but 2 million copies in the first week is absolutely wonderful news for Warner Bros. and Rocksteady. It's also worth mentioning that these sales came without the PC version having released, as it was recently delayed until next month.

These huge sales prove that the Rocksteady's Arkham series is absolutely here to stay, even if it feels like it would be nearly impossible to go up from Arkham City when it comes to scale. One of the criminals wandering the streets of Arkham City says it best: "What the hell can they do next? Arkham County? Arkham Country? "Big-ass Arkham World?"

Sorry, random Thug from Arkham City, but we have no idea where Rocksteady is going to take the series next. Maybe it will be bigger, maybe it will be smaller, but with sales like this we can be sure of one thing: it's coming, and we'll likely know more before too long.


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  • Fetalspray - October 26, 2011 12:44 p.m.

    So glad to hear this news. Its totally deserved.
  • inkyspot - October 25, 2011 5:14 p.m.

    My money is a part of that 2 million and I'm happy about it.
  • markshell - October 25, 2011 5:06 p.m.

    As Nolan's The Dark Knight proved, Batman's reboot was only a taste of things to come. Everything batman these days are turning to gold.
  • tacoman38 - October 25, 2011 4:23 p.m.

    Start blowing up random walls in important offices. if you remember, Arkham City plans and basic details were built right into Arkham Asylum in Warden Sharp's office which were accessible by blowing through a hidden wall. And no one found out until Rocksteady told us about it. To work, aerosol gel explosive wielding vigilantes!
  • rapmasterRH - October 25, 2011 3:26 p.m.

    So glad to hear this game has done well. Cant wait to play it. SPOILER ALERT: Following Arkham City though I'd love to see some DLC covering the Hush and Azrael stories. Having Batman still kind of depressed from the death of the Joker and having him fix up those lose ends would be cool. As for another game though I'd love to see the game set in the future with an older batman. Some Batman Beyond style game would be awesome.
  • Redeater - October 25, 2011 1:27 p.m.

    Let this be a lesson for developers everywhere. You can either: 1:Develop a buggy rushed game which sells about half a million and tarnishes your name. 2:Sell 2 million in your first week because you took the time to create a loving homage to the source material with killer game play. I realize that not every game can be Arkham City but it would be nice if we didn't have to put up with crap like the last two Silicon Knights games.
  • THEBIGJ3 - October 25, 2011 1:49 p.m.

    hear hear, It's good to see a game of such high quality on release day, Can't wait to pick this one up!
  • taterboob - October 27, 2011 12:01 p.m.

    Sadly, I'd say that it's more an issue with publishers than it is with developers. Publishers are usually the ones calling the shots as to when a game will be released (hence, the reason why we get a new Spiderman game on an almost yealy basis). I'm guessing that Warner just gave Rocksteady the time they needed in light of all the goodwill from Arkham Asylum.
  • JSayonara - October 25, 2011 1:06 p.m.

    No Man's Land. There are numerous little references to it as well as a big hint given at the end of one of side missions.
  • Xerxes667 - October 25, 2011 6:55 p.m.

    Posted the same comment just now before i saw yours. I'm glad to see someone else is thinking on the same wavelength! I'd love to see Bats gliding around the rest of Gotham, hopefully there will be a few less identical gargoyles of him to perch on, while they are cool, it would be nice to see that not every building has the exact same gargoyles. It worked in Arkham Asylum because it was one location with a central theme to its design, but to see the same gargoyles on half the buildings in Arkham City was a little disappointing. Not "breaking the fourth wall" disappointing (not a reference to when they actually broke the fourth wall in AA which was awesome but to the literal meaning of the term) but still, a little hiccup in the suspension of disbelief that the rest of the game crafts so perfectly. Lets hope to see more from Rocksteady, definitely one of the "Big Boys) now!
  • ParanoidAndroid - October 25, 2011 12:41 p.m.

    Totally deserved. Which is nice.
  • cj12297 - October 25, 2011 12:36 p.m.

    I thought it was 4.6 million?
  • idlemindkiller - October 25, 2011 1:53 p.m.

    It was 4.6 million units shipped to stores. 2 million of those were bought. Thanks for an amazing game, Rocksteady.
  • NightCrawler_358 - October 25, 2011 12:22 p.m.

    Thats great news! I really enjoyed this game and I'm glad it's doing so well. It makes me think though; if Arkham City has had 2 million sales, how many will Skyrim get!? it is a little unfair how Call of Duty sales greatly outnumber something like Arkham City though.
  • Sjoeki - October 25, 2011 12:19 p.m.

    great news for a great game, and it's going to take me a long time to finish it, everytime I just want to go from point A to point B there is so much to do while you're on the way that I hardly ever get there!
  • Redeater - October 25, 2011 1:30 p.m.

    Take your time. I just 100% my first playthrough and have to wait until the skin pack is released because I want to go through the second time as "The Dark Knight Returns"
  • db1331 - October 25, 2011 12:12 p.m.

    It's obvious that the next game will be Batman: Arkham Station, and will take place on the newly colonized moon in the near future.
  • halouva15 - October 25, 2011 12:36 p.m.

    That would be epic. You know Wayne has a Batrocket somewhere.
  • db1331 - October 25, 2011 12:53 p.m.

    It could also be Batman: Arkham Aquarium, and take place in an underwater city very much like BioShock's Rapture. They could add a $10 Aquaman DLC pass like they did with Catwoman in Arkham City.
  • Mezolitik - October 25, 2011 12:08 p.m.

    The only downside of the success of digital Batman, is that DC Comics has tried to shoehorn Bats into almost every comic book series of the past two months. But those numbers are fab! Well done, Bats.

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