Batman: Arkham Asylum 2 to miss 2010 release date?

Retail source tells CVG that Warner is holding back sequel until 2011

A senior UK retail source has told CVG that Warner is planning to hold back Batman Arkham Asylum 2's release date until 2011.

The news will come as a blow to fans of the BAFTA-winning original Arkham Asylum, with many gamers anticipating a pre-Christmas release.

The first title was hugely popular - and spawned a 3D Game Of The Year edition, which was released last month.

Since then, Warner Bros has bought a controlling stake in developer Rocksteady - and will publish the sequel.

"We've been told that Warner has acted early to avoid releasing the game into a heavily congested pre-Christmas market," our source told CVG. "It wants to dominate the first quarter of 2011 instead, when it can get maximum retail space and mindshare amongst gamers."

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Annoying, yes: But it's a tactic which has worked very nicely for the likes of God Of War 3 and Heavy Rain this year.

When we enquired about the decision, a Warner rep told CVG: "We haven't announced a release date for the sequel to Batman: Arkham Asylum yet."

So not a confirmation, but not a denial either. We expect more at E3.

One thing we can be very certain of, however, is that all-new DLC set to be created for Batman at Rocksteady - revealed by job ads yesterday.