Rocksteady’s conclusion to their Batman trilogy will only be coming to the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. With such a smaller audience on next-gen consoles, why on earth did they decide to make this a next-gen exclusive? According Dax Ginn of Rocksteady, Batman: Arkham Knight simply wasn’t possible on older consoles — at least not the way that they wanted to make the game.
Ginn explains to Play Magazine that once the team decided to include the Batmobile, they didn’t have much of an option to bring Arkham Knight to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
It’s not something we’d be able to do on PS3 and Xbox 360
“Once we decided we were going to commit to the Batmobile, all these other technical decisions were made for us. We knew that we had to do it right – the imagination of the experience of driving the Batmobile that people have is that it’s fast, that it’s destructive, it’s kind of a tank but it’s also highly technical – all of those things can only be done on next-gen, so that was a gameplay decision which drove technical decisions from that point,” says Ginn.
“It’s just not something we’d be able to do on PS3 and Xbox 360, not in the way that people imagine it. It’s the power fantasy of driving this legendary vehicle; if it can only do a top speed of 25 mph that’s not that power fantasy and that’s why we couldn’t have done it previously.”
Batman: Arkham Knight was revealed earlier this year, and has 2014 release date attached to it. Exactly when Batman: Arkham Knight will release has not been revealed as of yet.