Rocksteady: Arkham City gameplay is 80% outdoors

Batman may claim top billing on the box, but the real star of Arkham City is shaping up to be the city itself. And that's good thing, really, because Rocksteady Studios is saying that nearly 80% of the game will be spent stalking its streets.

A preview in this month's PSM3 reveals a large majority of Arkham City's action will take place outside of the buildings, with special interior locations reserved for specific missions. According to Rocksteady's marketing man Dax Ginn, this was in no way done to take away from Batman's story, but instead to encourage a greater level of exploration and interaction with city's unique districts.

"Plot is really important to us. Our objective was not to make a bigger game world just for the sake of it. We want to fill it with content, and there's no better world than Batman's universe to take inspiration from," explained Ginn.

Ginn further detailed the process by which Arkham City has been built, saying it's taken a team of 97 to pull off the "pretty huge technical and creative undertaking."

A large part of Batman Arkham Asylum's appeal was the way in which each new building or boss lair had its own character and meaningful differences. If Rocksteady can replicate that same feeling outdoors, and on a larger scale, then this is a good thing, no?

[Source: CVG]

Mar 31, 2011

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  • batmanboy11 - March 31, 2011 8:06 p.m.

    While I liked AA's interiors, a different approach is cool.
  • EnragedTortoise1 - March 31, 2011 7:24 p.m.

    Aaaaawweeesomeee. Can't wait for this game, hopefully I'll be able to finish it before UC3.
  • Scotty2Hotty - March 31, 2011 7:16 p.m.

    I'm glad to hear this news too. However, I was wondering why GamesRadar didn't report on Sefton Hill's forum update a couple weeks ago that dealt with the game taking 25-30 hours to complete.
  • db1331 - March 31, 2011 7:06 p.m.

    Sounds good. I love games where the environment is the big star, like BioShock.
  • sgloomy - March 31, 2011 6:47 p.m.

    Tis is actually really good news. Arkham city sounds a lot bigger than arkham asylum and if they had to develop the interior of each and every building, it would have either looked the same in most buildings, or they would have had to spend quite a bit of time making the inside of each building, meaning less time on other parts. I cannot wait for this game to come out!!!
  • sternparez - March 31, 2011 6:45 p.m.

    mmmm this make's me a bit uneasy, I loved AA's interiors, but, there is absolutley no reason for me to doubt Rocksteady

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