Today's object of desire is slightly more attainable than the aforementioned antique death kit. It's Batman: Arkham Asylum, a video game for Xbox 360, PS3 & Windows, arriving in 2009. The trailer was released today and even though it's just a tour of Arkham Asylum, for lack of a better description, that doesn't mean it isn't totally badass and I don't want it right this moment.
Wondering what the game's all about? Press release below:
In Batman: Arkham Asylum, developed by Rocksteady Studios, the player assumes the role of Batman as he delivers The Joker to Arkham Asylum. There, the imprisoned super-villains have set a trap and an immersive combat gaming experience unfolds. With an original script penned by Emmy Award-winning Batman writer Paul Dini, the game brings the universe of DC Comics’ detective to life with stunning graphics.
“In Batman: Arkham Asylum Eidos and Warner Bros. are building a true action adventure game experience worthy of gamers and fans,” said Phil Rogers, CEO of Eidos Interactive. “Players become Batman, like he has never been seen before in a video game, as he fights through intense circumstances in Arkham Asylum utilizing his intuitive detective skills and aggressive melee attacks.”
“Batman: Arkham Asylum offers players the chance to battle Gotham’s worst villains with Batman’s physical and psychological strength in a graphically distinct and story-driven game,” said Martin Tremblay, President, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. “We look forward to working with Eidos on expanding DC Comics’ world-renowned character Batman in the game space with a noticeably different feature set in an incredibly dark interactive environment.”
PAUL DINI?! DETECTIVE SKILLS?! STORY DRIVEN, REALISTIC BATMAN GAME FEATURING ALL THE VILLAINS?! YES PLEASE!
By the way, if for some reason you have no idea who Paul Dini is, get ready - he won five writing Emmys for Tiny Toons, Batman: The Animated Series & Batman Beyond and two WGA awards, one for Animated Writing and one for his work on the LOST writing staff. Oh not to mention his three Annies, seven Eisners and three Harveys. Why do I personally think he rules the land of Awesome? He created Harley Quinn. And I effing love Harley Quinn.
And now, the trailer.
All I have to do now is get a gaming platform released later than 2001 and I'm all set...