Are you ready for a Batman Epic exclusive? If you have no idea what the heck I'm talking about, the Epic Games Store launches not one, not two, but six free games this week—and they're all from the Batman franchise.
As power moves go, that alone would be a pretty strong indication that they're going to be doing something related to Batman in the near future. There is, however, a little more to it than just that.
Whispers of a New Batman GameRumors of a new Batman game have been floating around for a few months at least. Recently, they've been stepped up with a voice actor, writer, and publicist for Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment all hinting towards something. It should be noted that the writer Ryan Galletta worked on Batman: Arkham Origins.
NDAs are a tricky thing and breaking them is a really big no-no that can get you fired or fired and then sued. If it were just one guy, it could be a dude just messing around. Three people from three different career paths, though? And all of them are talking in hushed tones about something on the way? That's probably a soft hint to something new.
Adding to the hype, the Daily Star reports that Warner Bros. Games Montréal—the same people who developed Arkham Origins—has posted a job listing that adds even more circumstantial evidence.
WB Games Montreal, a division of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (WBIE), seeks a Community Manager to help build an engaged and loyal community for a AAA unannounced game.Yeah, we're probably getting a new game. But why would it be a Batman Epic exclusive?
Why Will It Be a Batman Epic Exclusive?Okay, so why do I think this new rumored Batman game is going to be exclusive to the Epic Games Store?
First, there is the fact that they've just given away $120 worth of Batman games for free, all in one go. While we don't have all the details behind the free games they've been giving away, I imagine that video game companies are not just letting Epic give their stuff away without getting some kind of compensation. I also figure that six games is probably a lot more costly than one. Odds are, a move like this is costing Epic Games more money than usual.
Secondly, the Batman games giveaway isn't the only thing they're doing—a Batman crossover is likely coming to Fortnite. That, too, costs money to license, nevermind the funds that went into producing content.
Lastly, Epic Games has released free games related to their exclusives. Alan Wake was free and Control is an exclusive, Metro 2033 is one of next week's free games and Metro Exodus is an exclusive, and Rebel Galaxy was given away prior to the launch of Rebel Galaxy Outlaw.
Take all of that information, the hints from industry people (some of whom were involved in the last game), and Epic's proclivity for snapping up exclusive deals, and it looks pretty likely that we're getting a Batman Epic exclusive.
Do you think there will be a Batman Epic exclusive? If this rumored new game does turn out to be an exclusive, will you buy it on the Epic Games Store or wait for it to come to Steam? Let us know in the comments below!