Batman: Arkham City is one of the most anticipated games of the year and that of course means there have been countless rumors circulating the project. While WB Games and developer Rocksteady have kept details on the project sealed as tightly as possible, that hasn’t stopped some people from going on and on about the rumored addition of co-op and multiplayer to Batman’s latest excursion. Since Batman: Arkham City was announced last year, people immediately wondered if the game would feature co-op, either with Robin at Batman’s side or with Batman’s occasional lady love Catwoman. After staying mum on the subject for months, Rocksteady have finally decided to give us the lowdown on what we can expect from Batman: Arkham City.
Speaking to IGN, Batman: Arkham City Game Director Sefton Hill confirmed that Batman: Arkham City is a single-player exclusive game, thus it will not have a single multiplayer component. That news alone is the best thing I’ve heard in quite some time as it’s almost refreshing to hear that Rocksteady isn’t altering the core gameplay established in Batman: Arkham City and such a feature wasn’t forced upon them by WB Games.
Sefton’s comments concerning the lack of multiplayer really can’t be misinterpreted as he was rather clear about things when he spoke to IGN. Concerning the whole multiplayer issue, Sefton said “There have been a number of rumors circulating about a multiplayer mode in Batman: Arkham City so let me start by saying, once and for all, that Batman: Arkham City is a "single-player only" experience.” As of now, there appears to be no plans for any sort of multiplayer component in the core experience that is Batman: Arkham City. Perhaps such a thing will become a reality via the release of DLC that is in no ways tied to the core story, but even post release DLC hasn’t been talked about publicly so that’s still a far flung possibility.
I know some gamers would’ve been excited to play Batman: Arkham City with some friends in the roles of Robin or Batgirl, but the vision Rocksteady gave us in Batman: Arkham Asylum and what has been shown of Batman: Arkham City is one that really isn’t your typical superhero adventure. Co-op and multiplayer modes are still all the craze these days, but occasionally they’re shoehorned into an experience where they don’t belong which ultimately lessens the entire experience. Rocksteady clearly has a very defined vision for Batman: Arkham City, one that doesn’t include any sorts of multiplayer modes – which some gamers will just have to accept.
For not compromising their game, overall vision and falling under the pressure that is often felt in the industry, I give Rocksteady an epic high-five and hug combo for keeping Batman: Arkham City a core single-player experience.