'Holy crushed expectations, Batman!' Arkham City won't let you drive the Batmobile

If you'd been hoping to ride the Batmobile, Batboat, Batwing or the lesser known Batmoped in Arkham City, prepare for some bad news. A developer at Rocksteady has recently confirmed the Dark Knight will have to best the Joker and co. without the help of his ass-kicking rides, because there won't be any playable vehicles in Bats' upcoming adventure.

Speaking to GamesTM, Rocksteady's Sefton Hill said: "There aren't any playable vehicles in the game. What we've really focused on is Batman himself. We see him as the ultimate vehicle."

Above: True Batman is spry on his feet, but we struggle to see him running about at 200mph

To be honest, this is hardly a huge blow. Although the Batmobile and Batwing both appeared in Arkham Asylum, you couldn't drive or pilot them. We still suspect they'll appear in the game's cutscenes. After all, one of the Bat's most badass moments in Rocksteady's original was sponsored by some spleen-shattering Batmobile action...

Never mind Bat fans. Just take solace in the fact we'll soon be kicking the crap out of a virtual Harvey Dent.

Above: Enjoy the non mutilated half of your face while you can, Dent


26 Nov, 2010


  • grayguwapo - November 30, 2010 8:28 a.m.

    I think it's a great move for Rocksteady to focus on the Bats... This is an action adventure game, not a driving sim... not a loss at all... just keep it real like AA...
  • quincytheodore - November 29, 2010 1:16 p.m.

    It's okay. I wasn't expecting batmobile anyway :). Just balance detective mode so players don't spam it. Add more antics in predator section, maybe like if there are two goons left, they would start arguing and the one with more formidable weapon use the weaker one as bait, "Go to that dark suspicious alley! Quick! No, I 'm not aiming at you, I'm covering you! Now, move!"
  • TruckThunders - November 28, 2010 5:39 p.m.

    Good. Now just keep multiplayer out of this game and I'll probably still buy it.
  • Inthedistrict - November 28, 2010 7:20 a.m.

    I have no doubt that this game is going to rock. I really liked the first game, and I have high expectations for Rocksteady, but every time I hear a quote like the one below, I can't help but think that it's the game developers way of saying, "yeah, we didn't have enough time/money/incentive to go that extra mile, but here's the spin line we'll use to get you to buy buy buy!" "There aren't any playable vehicles in the game. What we've really focused on is Batman himself. We see him as the ultimate vehicle."
  • Caio - November 28, 2010 12:47 a.m.

    Well, I'll still play the crap out of it. But was I the only one who kept punching the air in front of the BatMobile for a few minutes in the first game, trying to get in it?
  • papergoon - November 27, 2010 12:58 p.m.

    I'm happy. I'd cry if they had Batmobile but handled like a stupid GTA car. And yea, Batman doesn't run down civilians so no Batmobile.
  • jmcgrotty - November 27, 2010 8:36 a.m.

    Who care about vehicles. All that matters is Harley Quinn. In fact, I think will start a rumor.... You know, I heard that the title is actually going to be changed to "Arkham City featuring Harley Quinn"
  • Letter11 - November 27, 2010 4:22 a.m.

    @mastersword369 I second that. It's not necessary for a great game.
  • nathanrcool - November 27, 2010 3:28 a.m.

    Harley Quinn is kinda hot
  • shadowreaper72 - November 26, 2010 9:15 p.m.

    Aw come on! I was really hoping I can drive the Batmobile. sigh
  • batmanboy11 - November 26, 2010 8:17 p.m.

    Oh well.
  • hardcore_gamer1990 - November 26, 2010 7:36 p.m.

    @Primes - A shoe-horn is something you use to help your foot into a tight shoe. Seems pretty logical to refer to squeezing something in as shoe-horning. I don't know why it's called a shoe-horn in the first place though. OT: I am slightly disappointed, would have liked a batmobile rampage. :(
  • Bloodstorm - November 26, 2010 6:31 p.m.

    I agree with the general consensus in the comments. Controlling the Batmobile would be trivial, and game ruining. Unless the game is built around vehicles, it doesn't need to have them. Most games through in vehicles with horrible controls and physics and torture you every time you are forced into one. Very few games have managed to successfully pull off the vehicle level well.
  • CH3BURASHKA - November 26, 2010 6:15 p.m.

    I was under the impression that the Batmobile sequences ruined the other Batman games... Given thought, it's obvious this is the way to go - less gimmicks, more awesome action and plot.
  • Aletheon - November 26, 2010 6:05 p.m.

    The game doesn't need driving. This is not a loss.
  • mastersword369 - November 26, 2010 4:28 p.m.

    I'm very glad about this desicion, generally for the fact that driving the Batmobile would lead to a lot of dicking around. Arkham Asylum was great because it ALWAYS had objectives. Even wandering around felt like real gameplay due to the riddler trophies. Using the Batmobile would just create a mediocre "open-world" game.
  • mattdark - November 26, 2010 4:01 p.m.

    I think Rocksteady have the right idea here, as it will help to keep in the character of Batman. If people are given access to a vehicle in the game, one of the thing they will most likely try to do, is run enemies down. But that isnt what Batman is about, he'll take an enemy down, but generally wouldnt go so far as to do something that could kill his foes. I think if they had put in a vehicle section, it would end up having to be scripted, and as Clovin said, would feel shoehorned in.
  • Randomwordcombination - November 26, 2010 3:46 p.m.

    Ok? Who even wanted to do this, anyway? It doesn't fit with the tone of the game at all... was there a rumor going around that you could, or something?
  • ventanger - November 26, 2010 3:42 p.m.

    Rocksteady aren't a bunch of opportunistic d'bags who throw things in games just because they can, that's why they're one of the best developers of the year. For instance, they'd never yell FIRST! in a comment thread. Douchebag.
  • GuyBrush_ThreepWood - November 26, 2010 3:05 p.m.

    good because the first game was amazing, it's glad to see someone develop a game and when it's successful not go.. hmmm now how can we turn this into GTA.

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