Get Ready for More DC Comics Games from Warner Montreal Thanks to Batman
The massive success of Rocksteady’s Batman: Arkham City and Batman: Arkham Asylum in the last few years has laid the groundwork for Warner Bros. Montreal to start turning more DC Comics franchises into video games.
Martin Carrier, vice president and studio head at Warner Bros. Montreal, told Canadian Business that a pair of really good Batman games have gone and reminded people that most superhero games are disappointing, and that they don’t have to stand for it.
And that means that players think superhero games can be good and that they’d like to play them, and Warner Bros. thinks that it could sell superhero games to people because they’ve proven they can make a good one. And that means it’s time to turn to the DC Comics vault.
“We’re definitely working closely with DC on different titles, yet to be announced,” Carrier said. “It’s one of the reasons we talk to Geoff Johns and Jim Lee [the comic publisher heads] on a regular basis. It’s interesting for our geeky side to be in touch with those guys, especially now that they’ve relaunched all the 52 [comics].
“It’s a good time to be working with DC. There’s so much energy going on there. So yeah, [we're in] the triple-A space and the casual online space.”
The Montreal studio started with four employees, but with its recent successes, it’s aiming at bringing that up to 300 employees by 2015.
Here’s hoping that the success of Batman doesn’t echo the success of Spider-Man in the movie world — creating a rush of imitators in which every studio develops every stupid superhero property they can get their hands on in hopes of cashing in on a trend. We don’t need that.