The Week in Review news piece is a weekly article that summarizes and highlights the most important gaming related news and rumors over the past week.
Before this week, all we had to go on for the upcoming sequel to Batman: Arkham Asylum was the brief announcement teaser trailer. Thankfully, several rumored details about the sequel have leaked thanks to the upcoming issue of Game Informer. The two things we know for sure are that the game will be called Batman: Arkham City and Catwoman will be involved, since both were clearly visible on the scans of the magazine’s cover. Past these facts, rumors state that the game will take place in a large, walled-off slum of Gotham meant to house criminals, Two Face will be trying to kill Catwoman to earn respect, and Batman will have immediate access to all the gadgets he found in Arkham Asylum.
While we at least new of Arkham City’s existence prior to this week, a couple previously unannounced titles have also made themselves known. The first game announced this week is named EverQuest Next, which is supposedly only a working title. This title is said to be more similar to the original EverQuest and will have a combat system that is being built from the ground up with PVP in mind. The other title announced this week is more of a spinoff of a popular series, rather than a direct sequel. I’m referring to BioShock Infinite, which apparently won’t be continuing the story of the previous BioShock titles, instead creating an all new storyline and backdrop. Players won’t be diving back into Rapture when this game comes out, as Infinite will instead have players exploring a massive floating city named Columbia. However, judging by the trailer, we can expect it to be every bit as creepy as its predecessors.
This week there have been a couple signs pointing to a Defense of the Ancients game being made by Valve. The first one came from an unexpected source, a tweet from Duke Nukem’s voice actor John St. John. He tweeted “Had a great time in Seattle last week recording for DotA. The guys at Valve Software are awesome!” Further cementing the idea, Valve trademarked the Defense of the Ancients name later in the week. Now all that seems to be left is an official announcement from Valve.
As if spoiling Valve’s Defense of the Ancients surprise wasn’t enough Duke Nukem related news for the week, a massive rumor surfaced about the character’s future. While many believed Duke Nukem Forever to be a lost cause after being in development for the last thirteen years and 3D Realms being disbanded before it was finished, there may still be hope for the project yet. According to some anonymous sources, the game is still in development and will have a playable demo released by the end of the year. With 3D Realms out of the picture, the game is supposedly being finished by Borderlands developer Gearbox.
That’s all for this week, be sure to check back next week.