UPDATE 1: Scott Snyder, a writer of several Batman comics posted and then deleted a tweet hinting that whatever game WB Games Montréal is teasing will follow the “Court of Owls” story line. While Snyder has since done away with the tweet, Twitter user @chuge11 did manage to get a screenshot of it before it was taken down.
Ohhhhh man, he deleted it….BUT I GOT DEM SCREEN SHOTS pic.twitter.com/QUM8HiF7CP
— Colin Huguenel (@chuge11) September 22, 2019
The Court of Owls were a secret group in Gotham City that debuted in Snyder’s run of the Batman comics in 2011. The organization has yet to appear in any of the Arkham games, but one member was playable in Lego DC Super-Villians.
UPDATE 2: WB Games Montréal just followed up the earlier teases with a gif and the phrase “Capture the Knight.” The gif displays a series of repeating symbols that seem to be related. One of them appears to literally be a demon’s head. Notably, “The Demon’s Head” is another name for longtime (and immortal) Batman villain Ra’s al Ghul.
Capture the Knight / Cape sur la nuit pic.twitter.com/yMFXMd4djU
— WB Games Montréal (@WBGamesMTL) September 23, 2019
The changing symbols might represent the same icon repeating throughout history and different cultures. That would certainly fight the Ra’s theme. As the supervillain and his organization adapt and change throughout history, maybe their symbol does, too. Ra’s already played a major role in Batman: Arkham City and Batman: Arkham Knight. But that hasn’t stopped the Arkham series before. Every game in the series so far has featured a whole mess of Batman villains in both the main plot and side activities.
Original story follows below:
In its first tweet in over four years, Batman: Arkham Origins developer WB Games Montréal may be teasing a new game set in the Batman universe.
The studio posted a brief clip from yesterday’s Batman Day celebrations, which involved lighting bat signals across several major cities around the world, but interspersed in the video were flashes of an unknown symbol, hinting the company might be announcing a return to the caped crusader soon.
— WB Games Montréal (@WBGamesMTL) September 22, 2019
WB Games Montréal’s last major console release was Batman: Arkham Origins for PC, PlayStation 3, Wii U, and Xbox 360 in 2013. The game acted as a prequel to Batman: Arkham Asylum which was developed by Rocksteady Studios, along with its sequels Batman: Arkham City and Batman: Arkham Knight, the latter of which is currently free for PlayStation Plus subscribers. Rocksteady’s current project is still under wraps, but considering Arkham Knight ended on a cliffhanger, it’s not out of the realm of possibility that a sequel is in the works. Whether that’s at Rocksteady, WB Games Montréal, or another studio is yet to be seen.
Since the studio’s founding 2010, WB Games Montréal has almost exclusively worked on games based on DC Comics. The studio’s most recent project was a DLC pack for Batman: Arkham Knight called Batgirl: A Matter of Family, a prequel to the entire Arkham trilogy starring Batgirl that launched in 2015. Senior Game Designer Osama Dorias confirmed last year that two new games were in the works at the studio, both of which would be set in the DC universe.
This tease came as part of Batman Day, a DC-sanctioned annual celebration of the character featuring sales, promotions like the new Fortnite crossover announced yesterday, and the lighting of the bat signals.
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