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.


  • TeacherTimmay - February 29, 2012 10:07 a.m.

    Dunno bout you, but that video just made me think how well that setting would work in an Assassins Creed game. Also amazing cape
  • MonkeyMagician - February 28, 2012 7:36 p.m.

    Pedantic knit pick time. There's nothing steam punk in that footage at all. AT. ALL. It's Victorian era England not Rapture.
  • IceBlueKirby - February 28, 2012 6:40 p.m.

    Shame THQ didn't get on board, but maybe they can convince WB Games to publish it...I mean, they published F.3.A.R., so why not this?
  • Boonehams - February 28, 2012 3 p.m.

    An acquaintance of mine worked on Gotham By Gaslight. I'm tempted to mention what they said to me here in the comments, but they signed a non-disclosure agreement about it, and might get in trouble if their identity was found out (yes, even after this leak). I'll just say this: the team behind the game got a lot further in development than what the video and artwork implies.
  • ultimatepunchrod - February 28, 2012 12:10 p.m.

    This would have been cool. Too bad stuff like this gets canned.
  • spideralex90 - February 28, 2012 11:25 a.m.

    This could have been awesome! Maybe some indie dev will pick it up?
  • illway - February 28, 2012 11:20 a.m.

    And there's a new Call of Duty game coming out this year, what a shame. Oh well, THQ and Day 1 don't necessarily put out gems.
  • liamcullen - February 28, 2012 10 a.m.

    Cape physics are immense!
  • Hydr0ponicK - February 28, 2012 10:45 a.m.

    That cape alone should have helped keep this title alive...
  • SunnyvaleTrash - February 28, 2012 9:58 a.m.

    The original comic has wonderful Mike Mignola art.
  • MrDobble - February 28, 2012 9:56 a.m.

    It's a shame THQ ditched the idea. Would of been an interesting concept for Batman. Chasing down Jack The Ripper sounds awesome! Maybe someday another developer will continue it. Hopefully.

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