Thursday, December 2, 2010

Batman: Arkham City Will Feature Side Quests, Factions

Batman: Arkham Asylum had one long side quest (the Riddler challenges) or a bunch of mini side quests, depending on how you look at it. What it certainly didn't have was Factions, a new feature of Batman: Arkham City. Sefton Hill, director of Arkham City, talks up both these topics in this interview.

Hill explains how side quests will be linked to a villain, "One of the key things we wanted to do more of was the idea of taking in optional side-stories as you play through the game. That's a big new element of Arkham City, that while you do have the main narrative you also have these optional side-quests which feature different villains who have been locked up inside Arkham City. We tell their story, how they got there and how Batman interacts with them. How different people - for example Zsasz - how would he react when locked up here, and how Batman would interact with him? You can jump into those quests if you want to find out more about the world, as well as earn extra XP and upgrade rewards when doing so."

He also explains different factions formed when prisoners escaped from Arkham Asylum saying, "The different criminal factions are really interesting. When all of these people escaped from Arkham Asylum, you would think that it would leave to chaos, but what actually happened was that order formed as the Joker managed to recruit a number of inmates to follow him. It's the same with Two Face and other characters within Arkham City. So the way it will work primarily is the that all these people will be working to support their own boss and their own criminal super villain that leads them. But the player's actions in the main story events will affect that. You'll definitely see Batman and the player's actions really affect Arkham City, and the structure and hierarchy of the gangs. That's something that we though was really important."

Batman: Arkham City is looking to surpass the original in almost every way and I'm as excited as anyone to see it hit store shelves in Q4 2011 on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.

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