The games in the Batman: Arkham series for console from Rocksteady Studios have been hailed as some of the greatest titles of all time, with Arkham City holding the Guinness World Record for Most Critically acclaimed Superhero Game Ever. Though Arkham Knight was the last in that series, Rocksteady also produced Arkham VR for PlayStation VR when it came out in 2016. The game that allowed players to get into the Dark Knight’s suit received a reasonable score of 75% from Metacritic. The exciting news for non-PlayStation owners is that the virtual reality spinoff will be available to play on the HTC Vive and the Oculus Rift at the end of April this year.
A hugely popular, world-renowned game like Batman was required to kickstart PlayStation’s journey into VR, and it was the bestselling PSVR game in the opening month of the new piece of kit. The fact that the game failed to make the top ten PS4 games of that same month, though, indicated that VR still has a long way to go. A lot of potential VR users seem to be biding their time and waiting to see what will happen with the software over the coming year before investing in VR hardware.
That is why the swift move of Batman to other platforms could be good news for the VR industry as a whole. There are plenty of other spin-offs of the brooding comic book hero that have enjoyed great success. Of course there are the aforementioned Arkham games from Rocksteady, but there is also Batman: The Telltale Series from Telltale Games and The Dark Knight Slot from Microgaming. The latter game is considered as one of the best online casino games due to its attractive gameplay and features from the hit Christopher Nolan films, including actors Christian Bale and the late Heath Ledger as symbols on the reels. The title, which boasts an impressive progressive jackpot, is available on several of the best online casino operators who offer Microgaming slots.
Perhaps the reason why Arkham VR didn’t sell massively for PS4 was down to the fact that users didn’t want to shell out on the VR headset until there were a number of attractive titles for them to play. When it came out, the only other game that got close to the success of the Caped Crusader was PlayStation VR Worlds, which came in at 19th in the October chart last year. A lot of gamers are clearly waiting for more before they invest their hard-earned cash into a piece of tech still in its embryonic stages.
In 2016, the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive devices massively outsold PlayStation’s offering, hence the reason for Rocksteady to release their game across the board so swiftly. Users of these more popular devices will be desperate for the opportunity to become Batman, and sales of the game could skyrocket. This could also inspire PlayStation to raise its standards in terms of VR offerings, seeing as how they only have one credible success story so far. Finally, those Batman fans that don’t yet have a VR headset may now be inspired to purchase one, meaning that the budding industry could receive a significant boost in 2017.