Batman: Arkham Asylum 2 teaser trailer analysis

For those of you who don’t know, last night was the 2009 Spike VGAs (Video Game Awards). This was a huge event in the world of gaming. It had 28 awards and multiple announcements. These included a new Prince of Persia, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2, Green Day: RockBand and Crackdown 2, to name a few! But the one that personally caught my eye was the teaser trailer of what we can only assume is Batman: Arkham Asylum 2. The 1 minute 25 second trailer was presented early in the show and set the mood for the night. This is the video link: http://www.gametrailers.com/video/batman-arkham-spike-tv/59828 (Sorry, embedding isn’t working)

The first thing to notice is at 00:15 when you can see that Arkham Asylum is now in downtown Gotham City as opposed to Arkham island which could mean anything! Is it that it was hard to get to an island and easier if it’s downtown? It could be that they wanted a change of venue due to the events of the 1st game. If this is true, it would mean that you could have all of Gotham to explore! Which would make sense seeing as the asylum looks to be much smaller than last time, consisting of no more than 5 buildings (from what I can make out).

At 00:24 you can see searchlights frantically scouring the surrounding area which would imply a breakout or to show that the security is very high.

At 00:26, you can see a vandilised garage door in a run down alley. On the door is spray painted “Long Live Joker” which would reinforce the idea of a breakout. The next few seconds will also make you think of a jailbreak with thugs running rampant around the streets.

At 00:31 you can see a Uncle Sam-like poster in the top right corner which says “We want you” on it. You can see a close-up of another one of these posters at 00:35. The figure in the poster is in an American flag suit with a gun in his left hand. Half of the suit seems darker than the other, which would immediately point to the popular villain, Two-Face. You can see the poster without the face at the official teaser website http://arkhamhasmoved.com/. Something that would nearly ensure Two-Face’s appearance in this game is the fact that he’s referenced 5 times in the 1st game!

At 00:33 you get a glimpse of a sign in the top right corner saying “iceberg” and at 00:35 you can see (from the inside part of the stain-glass sign) the word “lounge” written backwards. Fans of Batman should know that the Iceberg Lounge is famous villain, The Penguin’s club. The Penguin would be a great villain to include in the 2nd installment as he is a favourite of Batman fans.

Come 00:36 there’s a flash of lightning and the camera moves from a back-alley to a an abandoned building. A giant clown face then comes down and the camera is once-again moved.

You’re moved, at 00:43, from that building to some sort of  fun-house. There’s a rollercoster with a dead body in t in the fun-house, and if you look closely, it looks like the dead body is an Arkham Asylum guard, though I’m not sure about this.

The word “Sionis” appears at 00:46. Sionis is the surname of  villain, Black Mask (Roman Sionis) meaning that he could be in this game as well!

At 00:49 you go through a window leading into a small room and you can hear laughter. In this room you can see Harley Quinn, The Joker’s assistant, and a chair. At 00:50 you can just make out a bit of green hair, and it’s pretty easy to guess who that is. Joker. 00:51, there’s an explosion and Harley kisses Joker on the cheek, all the while Joker is still laughing. Harley walks away and at 00:53 you’re treated with a close-up of the awful-looking Joker. He looks much older. *Spoilers from 1st game* Then again, it could just be a side-effect of Titan */Spoilers* He’s on an IV full of blood and on the bag it says “Property of Gotham General”. He then starts laughing harder until he breaks into a fit of coughing.

At 01:05 it fades away to a picture of a concrete Batman symbol, which starts crumbling and some bits fall off to reveal a steel frame underneath, like you’d have with most concrete structures. The crumbling could symbolise something like Batman being old now, and that he hasn’t fought crime in a long time. Another possibility is that the game could be going the way of the comics *Batman comic book spoilers* in the way that Bruce Wayne has died and that Dick Grayson (Robin) has taken his place, with Wayne’s son becoming the new Robin. */Spoilers* This scenario would be less likely, though considering the fact that Robin was barely even referenced in the 1st game.

At 01:19 the words “Arkham Has Moved” come up, and the form one word when “.com” comes down.

In my opinion, I think that they may have it more based around Gotham than the asylum, but still keeping the asylum, seeing a that’s basically the backbone of this game. When you think about it, having the sequel set in the city could make it feel very much like the Spiderman games or [PROTOTYPE]. I don’t think that having it in the city would be a great move. I can’t find many words to describe it, other than; It might make it too open-worldy.

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One Response to “Batman: Arkham Asylum 2 teaser trailer analysis”

  1. Paolo Says:

    Wow. That’s some pretty in-depth analysis for a 1:25 minute trailer 🙂 — I do agree though, if you make the world too … open, you’re bound to lose focus on the game.

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