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.
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?
Jun 16, 2011