Batman returns in Arkham City

Batman: Arkham Asylum was a surprise hit and easily one of my favorite PC titles of the last year. The game offers an interesting mix of sleuthing, sneaking, and combat, propelling the PC version to an impressive score of 91 on Metacritic. Would-be Dark Knights can now look forward to a sequel: Rock, Paper, Shotgun reports that Batman: Arkham City is scheduled to arrive in the fall of 2011.

Like its predecessor, Arkham City will be a cross-platform affair offered on the PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3. The game will be set within the walled confines of a district in Gotham City, suggesting that we could be treated to more of an open-world experience. Little else is known about the new title, although the September covers for Game Informer magazine reveal that Catwoman plays a role. I'm sure that character will give developers plenty of opportunity to employ PhysX effects for soft body simulations.

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