Ever since Batman: Arkham Knight was confirmed to be the final game in the Batman: Arkham series, people have been wondering if publisher WB Games would continue to explore the DC Comics license. The natural speculation was that after finishing with Batman, WB’s studio Rocksteady would move on to Superman and finally bring some atonement to the Man of Steel after his infamously terrible N64 game years ago, but despite plenty of rumors, that’s never been substantiated.
What we can say now, thanks to a recent job posting on WB Games Montreal’s Facebook page, is that something DC-related is definitely in the works. The studio is looking to hire a technical director to help expand “the DC universe in the interactive space.”
WB Games Montréal is looking for a Technical Director to lead our team of programmers. Do you want to join a passionate…
Another posting on the studio’s official website confirms they’re also looking for a lead online programmer, presumably for the same DC title.
WB Games Montreal previously developed Batman: Arkham Origins, a prequel to the critically acclaimed Arkham trilogy that Rocksteady developed under the WB Games banner. While Origins lacks a certain shine that Rocksteady captured in the rest of the Arkham series, it’s not a bad game by any stretch and it presented a handful of interesting ideas. WB Montreal have shown they’re capable of handling a AAA game with the DC license, at the very least.
We’re not sure yet if this is another case where more than one studio will contribute to an ongoing series, or if WB Games Montreal is going to be the dedicated team on this project. We know that Rocksteady has been working on their next game, and they’re posturing that it’ll be something great, but we don’t know for sure if they’re still working within the DC Universe’s umbrella or not.
One thing for sure is that WB Games has done well with the DC brand. In addition to the lauded Arkham games, Injustice 2 has been a hit this year, and continues to add more and more characters to its roster with frequent DLC. For our money, we’d love to see WB Montreal ride the wave of Wonder Woman’s recent cinematic success. The character has captured a ton of attention this year, and we’ve never had much of a chance to see Diana in a video game before. Or, while we’re on the subject, a new game series could be a clever way for DC to acquaint newcomers with the lesser-known members of the recent Justice League film, namely Aquaman or Cyborg.
Depending on how WB Games plans their development schedule it could be some time before we find out more about this DC mystery game. But if an announcement is being prepped for the near future, we do have a perfectly good Game Awards show happening next week…
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