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Batman: Arkham City offers 40 hours of content

Rocksteady discusses the length of main story and side-missions

Last time Batman: Arkham City developer Rocksteady discussed the length of its highly-anticipated superhero sequel it said the campaign missions would take around eight hours provided you're a "ninja" QA tester.

However, it has now given a far longer completion time frame, saying that it takes around 25 hours to finish Arkham City's main story campaign.


"It takes over 25 hours to complete the main stories in Batman: Arkham City. To keep players engaged for this length of time, not only do the characters and the story need to progress, but the core mechanics of the game they are playing need to change and adapt as well", game director Sefton Hill told The Guardian.

According to Hill, the game also features around 15 hours worth of side-quests, which can be tackled by the players when they please.

"The side missions in Batman: Arkham City are a good example. We have around 15 hours of story that's off the main path," he said.

"It's completely down to the player when and how they want to tackle this - there's no right or wrong time. There's no other medium that can offer this kind of flexible experience where the viewer gets to tailor the experience they want themselves."

Hill went on to liken the narrative structure of Arkham City and games in general to TV shows, as opposed to movies.

"In terms of narrative structure, I think games are much more analogous to an episodic TV series than a film. You have, say, 15 hourly episodes to fill, each requiring its own narrative arc but each plugging into an overarching storyline", he explained.

"It requires a lot of planning to make sure that every single hour is consistent with each other, is feeding and driving towards a compelling crescendo, while remaining implicitly self-explanatory so players can pick up and play at any time and know what they are doing."

[ SOURCE: The Guardian ]