Gotham by Gaslight was a one-off DC
comic that recast Batman as a 19th century steampunk crime fighter in search of Jack the Ripper. It was also the inspiration for a 21st century video game
pitched by Day 1 Studios (Fracture, F.3.A.R), and later ditched by
THQ. True, Rocksteady's own Batman games have more than made up for the loss, but after watching this Gotham by Gaslight prototype video
(care of Siliconera), one can't help wonder if there could have been
room for two Batman revolutions.
Day 1 Studio reportedly started working
on its Gotham by Gaslight concept in 2009, but later abandoned the
Batman redesign in 2010 after a failed attempt to get THQ on board as
a publisher. Had it gone forward, the game would have arrived for PS3
and Xbox 360, and feature interesting era-specific mechanics like the
ability to navigate London's thick fog using Batman's gadgets.
Images depicting Bruce Wayne's new
steampunk style were spotted last month by Kotaku on a blog belonging
to one of Day 1 Studio's visual artists, Julie Farrell. Those were
later taken down at the request of Day 1 and Warner Bros, suggesting
there's a (very) slight chance the concept isn't completely dead in
the water. Or maybe that's just wishful thinking.
Thankfully, nothing ever truly
disappears on the internet. Check out the Gotham by Gaslight concept
pics in our gallery below.
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