New DLC confirmed for Batman: Arkham City
Tuesday, April 24, 2012 12:18 PM
Warner Bros Interactive UK has taken the wraps of its next batch of downloadable content (DLC) for the highly acclaimed Batman: Arkham City.
Previous DLC has focused on costume upgrades and new characters for the Riddler's Challenge Mode – a section separate from the main story in which you take on combat and predator challenges as the Dark Knight himself, or Catwoman, Robin and Nightwing.
However, Harley Quinn's Revenge will bring more than two hours of new content to the main campaign and see the player switching between Batman and Robin, both playable characters in this epilogue of sorts.
The new chapter will be available to download from May 30th on both the Xbox Live Marketplace and the PlayStation Network (PSN).
For anyone who's decided against purchasing Arkham City so far, there's no excuse not to pick up a copy of Batman: Arkham City Game of the Year edition, which was also announced by Warner, and is scheduled for release in the UK on September 7th on PS3 and Xbox 360.
The disc will include all five previously released helpings of DLC, as well as Harley Quinn's Revenge.
Developer Rocksteady and Warner courted a lot of controversy over their DLC strategy on the launch of the critically acclaimed title. New copies of Arkham City came with a code to unlock the Catwoman Pack on day one, which added new content to the main campaign, as well as additional Riddler Challenges.
This was part of Warner's strategy to encourage new sales, while also ensuring they made revenue out of second-hand sales, with people buying used copies of the game able to buy the pack on PSN and Xbox Live Marketplace.
However, many fans felt that they had been betrayed by the publisher, accusing Warner of cutting parts of the campaign and charging for content that was already on the disc.
With EA and Bioware suffering similar bad PR over the day-one DLC strategy for ME3, gamers will be hoping that publishers and developers move away from the growing trend for day-one DLC that should arguably have been included on the disc at retail.
However, strong sales of the Catwoman pack and Mass Effect 3's From Ashes are unlikely to put the industry off this practice any time soon.