Batman: Arkham City tape found at E3 reveals new info on The Riddler, Hugo Strange and Mayor Sharp

During last week’s E3, in possibly the sneakiest and smartest publicity stunt I’ve ever experienced as a games journalist, Batman: Arkham City developer Rocksteady distributed secret audio cassettes – each containing a patient interview from the upcoming sequel – to various people and places on the show floor. So far only tapes for Catwoman and Two-Face have surfaced online, but today I am excited to reveal another:

The Riddler! Here is Edward Nigma’s hidden audio, including what could be the game’s first riddle as well as some tantalizing new information on the twisted relationship between Arkham’s ruler Hugo Strange and Gotham’s mayor Quincy Sharp. Listen or read this transcript, then share your analysis in the comments.

<tape start>

Hugo Strange: <on phone> Do not fret, Mr. Mayor. Everything is under control… I promise you.
Quincy Sharp: It’s not that I don’t trust you, Hugo. It’s just… it’s just the headaches. The pain. They come all the time now.
Hugo Strange: Continue to take the medication.
Quincy Sharp: But-
Hugo Strange: It is late, Mr. Mayor. You are tired. You need your sleep.
Quincy Sharp: Of course. I need my sleep.
Hugo Strange: You will hang up now.
Quincy Sharp: I will hang up now. <ends phone call>

Hugo Strange: Imbecile!
The Riddler: I couldn’t have put it better myself!
Hugo Strange: What?! How dare you enter my office!
The Riddler: Oh, I’m not in your office… and please don’t insult me by attempting to trace this broadcast. You will fail.
Hugo Strange: I take it I am talking to Mr. Edward Nigma.
The Riddler: Do you know of any other inmate in your twisted little penitentiary who is a genius enough to arrange this little chat?
Hugo Strange: Narcissism – a compulsive desire to prove his intellect – and a predilection for riddles.
The Riddler: You’ve read my file!
Hugo Strange: Of course.
The Riddler: Good. Then let’s get started. How do you attempt to understand what is going on in Arkham City when all of the answers are strange?

<tape cutoff>

Jun 16, 2011


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  • GamesRadarCharlieBarratt - June 18, 2011 1:47 a.m.

    @batman5273 @Nintendophile My dusty, denty 1997 Toyota Corolla still has a tape deck instead of a CD player! But recording audio in there would be too difficult, so I borrowed a cassette Walkman from my boss.
  • Nintendophile - June 17, 2011 7:05 p.m.

    I'm more interested in knowing how you found a tape deck to play that thing! -_^
  • Zeb364 - June 17, 2011 6:07 p.m.

    God damn this game looks great.
  • batman5273 - June 17, 2011 5:39 p.m.

    That is pretty amazing. What is even more amazing is that you guys still have a cassette player. Would like confirmation of Mr Freeze and Black Mask soon.
  • darkfall13 - June 17, 2011 1:49 a.m.

    Can't wait!
  • TriforcePlayer - June 17, 2011 12:45 a.m.

  • VercettisShirt - June 16, 2011 10:41 p.m.

    This is getting better by the minute.
  • usmovers_02 - June 16, 2011 10:40 p.m.

    Wow. That is totally the coolest publicity stunt I've ever heard of. I've never played the first game (though I've wanted to) and the sequel wasn't on my "must buy" list. Now, because of this awesome stunt, it is.
  • killorabbit - June 16, 2011 8:45 p.m.

    Still no Mr. Freeze? This is killing meeeee.
  • bradleysoccer - June 16, 2011 7:39 p.m.

    For the first time ever, its my first first!

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