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New Batman: Arkham Asylum 2 domains offer "earth-shattering" clues


Above: "Haha, I see you've recieved my press release!"

Looks like Arkham Asylum 2 has gone and hired none other than The Joker himself as their head of marketing. How else can you explain the boatload of cryptic URLs recently registered by Warner Brothers? Well… let’s try!

http://whois.domaintools.com/arkhamcity.com
http://whois.domaintools.com/batmanarkhamcity.com
http://whois.domaintools.com/batmanashesofgotham.com
http://whois.domaintools.com/batmanbrokenground.com
http://whois.domaintools.com/batmannewarkham.com
http://whois.domaintools.com/batmangranddelusion.com
http://whois.domaintools.com/batmanriseofarkham.com
http://whois.domaintools.com/batmansiegeofgotham.com
http://whois.domaintools.com/batmanstateofvillainy.com
http://whois.domaintools.com/cityofarkham.com
http://whois.domaintools.com/closearkhamcity.com
http://whois.domaintools.com/peopleforgotham.com
http://whois.domaintools.com/stopmayorsharp.com
http://whois.domaintools.com/waringothamcity.com
http://whois.domaintools.com/wheresbrucewayne.com

We’ve had plenty of fun deciphering the secrets trickled out from what little has been released pertaining to the sequel to Batman’s greatest game of all time, but WB Interactive made at least one thing clear: Arkham Has Moved (Dot Com!) However, those newly registered domains offer even more succulent glimpses as to the “Why?” And more importantly, lend a little more credence to the prevailing theory that Arkham Asylum 2 will follow the storyline of 1999’s No Man’s Land.

The teaser clearly showed roving gangs of Arkham escapees having their way in the streets of Gotham, presumably due to the havoc caused in the institution by Bats and Joker. Unless those are the events leading up to the game, the URL extensions of “Broken Ground” and “Ashes of Gotham” point to Batman: Cataclym, the lead up to No Man’s Land, which saw Gotham devastated by an earthquake that basically reduced the city into a third world country, or more importantly, the New Arkham Asylum (also hinted at with its own domain. “New Arkham.”)

 

“Close Arkham City,” “State of Villainy,” and “Siege of Gotham” would also seem reflect that storyline, with Batman and the police tasked with corralling and combating the Arkham refugees taking over the city, causing Mayor Quincy Sharp to declare martial law (ALSO hinted at with its own URL, “Stop Mayor Sharp.”)


Above: What do you see in Arkham Asylum 2's teaser trailer?

Whatever the case, it looks like we’re going to see history’s greatest detective in a violent, near post-apocalyptic setting. Perhaps this is just something to throw us off the scent of what Gotham truly has in store, but hey, those domains ain’t free! And WB sure purchased a helluva lot of names specifically relating to the No Man's Land story, so it’d be a fairly costly act of deception. The only URL we can’t tie back to No Man’s Land remains the most mysterious...

http://whois.domaintools.com/peopleforgotham.com

Hmmm…. People Forgot HAM! It makes all the sense in the world now!


Above: Never foget, people...

Jul 13, 2010


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30 comments

  • CaptCOMMANDO - July 13, 2010 9:31 p.m.

    I never forgot ham.
  • raygillies - July 13, 2010 9:32 p.m.

    You just made a toy pig sound like 9/11. We shall never forget.
  • ventanger - July 13, 2010 9:33 p.m.

    Arkham City is probably the best title in terms of marketing, even though it doesn't make much sense in context, Siege of Gotham is basically the opposite. All those URLs just look like the result of a huge bull session between marketing guys and developers to come up with a new title, so they just registered all of them and figure it out later.
  • Shrimpandwhitewine - July 13, 2010 9:34 p.m.

    For too long now, Ham has been forgotten.
  • juicenpancakes - July 13, 2010 9:36 p.m.

    "Whatever the case, it looks like we're going to see history’s greatest detective in a violent, near post-apocalyptic setting." - That sentence is exactly what I was hoping for from this sequel.
  • K9unittp - July 13, 2010 9:55 p.m.

    Great detective work Chirs. God, this is exciting...
  • BannedInDC - July 13, 2010 10:03 p.m.

    I've just defeated Bane in the first AA. Please, no spoilers.
  • Cwf2008 - July 13, 2010 10:13 p.m.

    "Never foget HAM"? ...uh i think you mean forget. Um no offense but why have there been so many spelling errors recently?
  • R_U_Guys_From_British - July 13, 2010 10:14 p.m.

    Ashes of Gotham is a great name.
  • delmen802 - July 13, 2010 10:14 p.m.

    anyone see the spelling mistake at the end? never foget haha, this games gonna be amazing
  • CH3BURASHKA - July 13, 2010 10:17 p.m.

    Lol, that was also my initial reaction to the PeopleForgotHam URL. Never forget... Also, typo alert! "Cataclym" =/= "Cataclysm".
  • batman5273 - July 13, 2010 10:27 p.m.

    Really excited about this game! Can't wait to see more details from the studio.
  • SillyPigeon - July 13, 2010 10:27 p.m.

    never forget
  • Metroidhunter32 - July 13, 2010 10:29 p.m.

    I have no idea what people for gotham means. But I'm pretty sure that's how it was meant to be split up.
  • Mechamorbo - July 14, 2010 12:02 a.m.

    I bring my ham with me everywhere. I've ruined a lot of pants though.
  • RebornKusabi - July 14, 2010 12:19 a.m.

    The funny thing is, this was all found out awhile ago even without having these new urls. Here's a video showing what I mean (ignore the terrible music, just mute your computer). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XxgAn4DkG-k&feature=related It shows a secret room, that doesn't appear on maps or "Batman-vision", and it shows that the Warden was very busy during his private time... specifically, the room has a map of the city and landmarks of Gotham like a big hotel. Oh and if you want to do this for yourself, and you own the game, just pause after the video-maker blows up the wall and go do it yourself from that point on.
  • RebornKusabi - July 14, 2010 12:21 a.m.

    Double post, sorry OH and this is all in Batman: Arkham Asylum. Other than that, great article!
  • JohnnyMaverik - July 14, 2010 1:28 a.m.

    Trailer looks epic.
  • EnragedTortoise1 - July 14, 2010 2:10 a.m.

    People For Gotham.. a resistance group, perhaps? THE PLAWT THICKENS!
  • tyler7196 - July 14, 2010 3:18 a.m.

    once again games radar ive heard this months ago its not really hard to spot that its going to be in no mans land

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