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Last night publisher Warner Bros. Interactive announced that it is opening a new studio in Montreal that will focus on comic book based intellectual properties.

The new studio, dubbed WB Games Montreal, will be lead by Martin Tremblay (Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell and Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time) and will utilize DC Comics properties. These include Superman, Batman, The Justice League, etc.

This news really shouldn’t come as that big of a surprise considering the critical and commercial success of Rocksteady’s Batman: Arkham Asylum, published by Warner Bros. It only makes sense that WB would want to replicate this type of success with as many IPs as possible.

This does slightly concern me however. One of the reasons Batman: Arkham Asylum was such a breakout hit was that it was fresh and new. If WB tries to crank out superhero action games that play out like Batman, the genre will become stale real quick.

What do you guys think? Is a new Warner Bros. studio that focuses on DC characters a good thing for gaming?

Source: Shacknews.com

  1. It’ll all depend on the talent they get behind the studio. Hopefully they catch a good dev team and get some of the same writers doing the comics on the game’s writing staff as well.

    • I don’t think the talent it takes to write a good comic and a good game are the same. how many times have you seen a writer attached to a game and it turn out that good. hire good game designers and game writers to to do a great super hero game and let the comic book writers write comic books.

      AA was a stroke of fate and while it stands out as a good game its not exactly a great batman story(in fact its not even the best batman story called Arkham Asylum).

      both yahtzee and mitch hedberg have done rants about writing one thing not meaning you can write another and i have to agree with them both.

    • Mad props for bringing up Mitch Hedberg. That guy was/is one of my heroes.

    • I agree that the talent it takes to write a comic doesn’t just magically translate to a game… but I think a big problem with comic-games has been that their stories just blow and aren’t relevant to the characters. AA was a great game with a good story that stayed true to the source material. Web Of Shadows had decent gameplay but a shit story which led to a ton of unnecessary repetition.

      I’m just hoping that with direct support from the parent company, they will use their resources wisely and tap all the sources they can to make sure it’s a good game with a story nerds like us will enjoy.

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