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Submitted by CaseyRyback_CPO 1952d ago | news

Eidos confirms Joker as PS3 exclusive playable character

April 23, 2009 - Eidos Interactive and Warner Bros. announced today that the Joker will be a playable character in the upcoming title Batman: Arkham Asylum - but only on the PlayStation 3. Joker will be available at the game's launch as a free downloadable item on the PlayStation Store. The press release notes that he will only be available for use in the Challenge Maps, so don't expect a massive single-player campaign associated with the legendary villain. (Batman: Arkham Asylum, PS3, Xbox 360)

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DavidMacDougall  +   1952d ago
Nice
GWAVE  +   1952d ago
So basically this article is 100% BS:

http://www.n4g.com/NewsCom-...

Lol.
FarEastOrient  +   1952d ago
The other one was bull$hit, since it would be going against the release from the makers themselves.
ZuperAmazingCooKie  +   1952d ago
It only fits on Blu-ray
:)

Yes I did read the article
7ero H3LL  +   1952d ago
"he will only be available for use in the Challenge Maps"

.......challenge maps huh, like anyone would really be a die hard fan of batman's Challenge Maps more than the actual campaign.
Ausbo  +   1952d ago
i will still buy it for 360
i am a single console owner but i am not going to cry that they got something the 360 doesn't have like the rest of the people on this website. It is actually nice to see some dlc exclusive to the ps3 to shut some people up.
MAiKU  +   1952d ago
@7ero h3ll
Yeah 'cause nobody likes re-playability in a video game. *sarcasm*
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SCThor  +   1952d ago
@7ero h3ll
damage control at it's best uh? Nice try.
Bnet343  +   1952d ago
I'm sure a lot of PS3 fans are jumping for this. I know I am.
ThanatosDMC  +   1952d ago
This is not gonna sit well with some people. I doubt i'll be getting this game. I hate the fact that super heroes dont kill their enemies. I bet im not the only one that feels like that.

Like Jet Li or Jackie Chan movies... they kicks their asses but they rarely finish them off... that just gives them the chance to retaliate. Then the ending becomes predictable which is what pisses me off the most.

Where was i going with this? Oh yeah, this game better go with the actual comics... now that was brutal... though i think he only killed one person but they played it off more as an accident.
ps3d0  +   1951d ago
Like a devs word is worth a damn. SE FF13 exclsuive to ps3 (4 years later oh wait its coming to the 360), Namco Tekken 6 exclusive to the ps3 again 4 year later oh wait its coming to the 360. Namco Darth Vader exlcusive to the ps3 oops nope will just going to make you pay extra for this. Sony no price drop 3 days later we're drop the price by $100. The list can go on and on about devs lieing to us
kevnb  +   1951d ago
$ony strikes again!
sorry just had too, even though I'm a playstation fan you have to admit that's exactly what a sony fanboy would say if it was xbox exclusive feature.
Sheikh Yerbouti  +   1951d ago
Nightwing on 360
In principle I still hate exclusive DLC. I likely wouldn't get it for an XBox at all, although not having a playable character is a much less significant failing than a new map or extension of a campaign that Microsoft buys from 3rd party devs.

Eidos should do like SoulCalibur IV did with Yoda/Vader and have Robin/Nightwing as playable character in Arkham Asylum on the 360. That would be cool - and continue SCIV's theme of PS3/Xbox as evil/good.
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BWS1982  +   1951d ago
This is a nifty
little bonus for PS3 owners (like me), and I'm happy to see something finally swings in favor of extra content that way. I'm no fanboy, so I simply get disappointed when I hear 360 getting more content than me, but I still at least get the option to either get it anyways (sans DLC) or get it on PC (which is what I plan to do with my choice for Fallout 3, since I want to have the full story, I'm frustrated a PS3 version wouldn't give me that, I won't lie)....I made my choice in console, and I don't regret it, I'll just do without, get it for 360 when I eventually get one (which I want, I'm a gamer)...or get a PC version, no whining here.

I just wish that 360 only owners would stop saying this is hypocritical of PS3 owners, because we have no idea if Sony even paid any money for this, it could have been some sort of compromise with the Home advertisement or something, nobody knows the dollar amount, if any here, so it's foolish to say Sony is throwing money around. When they spend $50 million dollars on DLC and a year later lay off thousands of workers due to financial decline, then you can bad-mouth a company. I'm sorry, but I think MS put this "war" ahead of its own employees, and that's not cool.
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Jinxstar  +   1951d ago
@ BWS...

The 360 does get extra content at times. But it's not free like this. It all has a price tag added onto it. PS3 owners have gotten little things free here and there like the PS3 suit in Dead space and other things(Can't think of any atm but I know there are a few). Really we all get the same games (Arguable minor graphical differences from websites who never post details like PS3 setting and types of cables used and TV specs and such which lead to speculation and flame bait) but for the "Full" GTA experience you need to pay 20$... Honestly for a game I don't really plan on playing again due to it being a year old and little replay unless you like hunting down pigeons for days at a time... It's not worth it to me. Oh well it's pointless anymore. We get something free and... Gimmicky but still free...

MS's business strategy is a little off topic but I agree.
callahan09  +   1952d ago
So which is it? This website has posted that it IS NOT and that it IS exclusive to PS3.
Baka-akaB  +   1952d ago
Why would you ask wich it is ? has been basically confirmed at least twice officially between the ad in home in and eidos .
Twitters are just ... twitters .
Parapraxis  +   1951d ago
360 gets the challenge rooms sans Joker
PS3 gets the challenge rooms with the Joker.

It's that simple.
Re-read the twitter post if you doubt it and you'll see it was a simple mis-understanding of what was said.
Whether the confusion it led to was intentional from the author or not is up in the air.
InfectedDK  +   1952d ago
Lol do people read the story before reporting them?
This news is not a duplicate at all..
- Ghost of Sparta -  +   1952d ago
I approved it. People don't read anymore. They just see the title and report, without actually reading what was written.
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MAiKU  +   1952d ago
Oh you gotta love fanboys. :)
freshkid1  +   1952d ago
wowwwwww
so it will sell more on ps3, who gives a f
InfectedDK  +   1952d ago
Or maybe the dlc. will do better on PS3 because it's the only system with the dlc. I don't get your point.
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Baka-akaB  +   1952d ago
Well batman fans ? As a fan of the comics , I know i'd give my money to the version with the joker , if it was only the 360 one
- Ghost of Sparta -  +   1952d ago
You do obviously, since you're posting here.
freshkid1  +   1952d ago
=/
im not gonna buy this game any ways my carts filled up with mw2, uncharted 2 and mag, so mabey a rent...... is the dlc free?

* my bad just read it lol
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FarEastOrient  +   1952d ago
I have the most expensive collector's edition for a game on order, I thought we are in a recession yet Batman has a pretty interesting package coming out.
DNAgent  +   1952d ago
lol
Exclusive AND FREE DLC.

Superior version on PS3 confirmed.
Shadow Man  +   1952d ago
by your logic
Xbox360s version of GTAIV and Fallout3 are the Superior versions.

Thank you for you confirmation. :D
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tocrazed4you  +   1952d ago
To shadowman
I think what he meant was since this is a FREE DAY ONE DLC that why its superior. Not like fallout 3 and gta4 where you have to wait months and pay 10-20 bucks for it....
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Lekumkee  +   1952d ago
Shadow Man....
No, by his logic the PC version is better. Silly bot you'll never have the best version of anything....
MAiKU  +   1952d ago
SHADOWMAN
And by this so called logic 2 out of the three fabula nova crystalis final fantasy XIII games will be exclusively on the playstation family.

so our 3 to your 2 exclusives. Oh... and lets not forget eternal sonata and tales of vesperia extra exclusive content.
Sir Ken_Kutaragi  +   1951d ago
'Why so Serious ChatBots?'
;-D ;-D ;-D
theKiller  +   1951d ago
i agree
silly bots will never have the superior versions of anything, GTA4 and Fallout DLC came after almost a year and u had to pay for it, so there is no win in these cases!!!

PS3 always have free DLC and its free to play online.
themyk  +   1952d ago
these kind of games are why god made gamefly.
HDgamer  +   1952d ago
No Batman seems to have a game that will be good and will be lengthy.
InfectedDK  +   1952d ago
Only time will tell.
I will wait and see reviews/gameplays before buying it.
morganfell  +   1952d ago
So, your previews are more accurate than IGN or any other site that has hands on time? I am curious to know how you do it. How is you can tell a game is only a rental when sites that have actually spent time with the game seem to regard it more highly than you.

I think we all know the reason and it does not cast you in a good light...
aldesko  +   1951d ago
@morganfell
Relax.. there are lots of games that are good but are more of a "rent" game, like Heavenly Sword or Prince of Persia. Nobody is saying the game will be bad.
Captain Tuttle  +   1951d ago
Nah, the game will suck...
Never trust previews...they're just PR bullsh!t. Good to see Sony is finally moneyhatting though.
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Araceae  +   1952d ago
Yes, no, yes, no, maybe, yes… I’m going with yes, as the ad was in HOME. However, I don’t think this is really all that cool since I’m not down with exclusive DLC for either system. Hopefully this trend doesn’t last too long.
UltimateIdiot911  +   1952d ago
I don't know, ever since Microsoft, this trends been growing faster and faster especially after Microsoft paid R* for exclusive DLC. So, until Microsoft decides to stop pouring money into exclusive DLC, this will only get worse.
GUNS N SWORDS  +   1952d ago
hmmmmm, depending on what costumes Joker gets and what importance he has to the actual game will determine how big this dlc is, as it stands to me he doesn't look all that attractive over the main hero, (i would have liked the scarred up heath ledger Joker look better)
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Thoreau  +   1952d ago
shadow man will
soon have another account with 5 more bubs to waste. the account will be shadow man2.
MAiKU  +   1952d ago
Aww...
Why can't he be creative like making a Light Man account.
Nelson M  +   1951d ago
How's about
Shadow BoT
Superduper09  +   1952d ago
This game looks great and having Joker as a bonus character for the challenge modes is a PLUS.
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Head Shot King  +   1951d ago
I agree
but why could'nt they have made the joker look like H.Ledger in dark night.

I think I can make a better looking joker in Saints Row 2.

Related video
jonboi24  +   1952d ago
So seeing that Square-Enix owns Eidos can we expect a Batman RPG anytime soon or a Batman and Final Fantasy crossover? Still can wait for this game.
cgoodno  +   1952d ago
Funny
That the bogus and the confirmed news articles would come from the same Web site.

Also, the game is worth it just for more of Mark Hamill as the Joker.
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Persistantthug  +   1952d ago
lol

You get a Trivia Bonus bubble just on general principle for bringing up Luke Jokewalker.

:P
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ultimolu  +   1952d ago
Awesome. :]
Slime  +   1951d ago
This makes me sick. Microsoft paying for exclusive DLC, what a despicable and evil practice.

Wait a minute, it's Sony not Microsoft. I guess that makes it ok then?
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ultimolu  +   1951d ago
It's nice for people who are getting it. I personally may not get it because I don't believe in DLC.

Get a life please.
Slime  +   1951d ago
What?

DLC is a fantastic idea. However the quality of said DLC will vary. Some are good and some are bad, i've had both. The concept however, is valid.

My comment was simply to highlight the hypocrisy in your comment. You constantly slate downloadable content in 360 threads, and here you simply post one word; Awesome.

You know very well I have a PS3 and can speak for both PS3 and 360. You cannot. I keep asking you to get one as i'm sure you will be pleasantly surprised.

As for hardware issues. You shouldn't care. Even if something did happen, you would still have your PS3 to play while the 360 got repaired for free. I'm sure you would be impressed with many of the 360's games, especially RPG's.
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ultimolu  +   1951d ago
...What?

I have something called an *opinion* Slime. I do not condone DLC on either side. I may get the game if it's really good but I'm not getting the DLC. That's the way I am with games. If you don't like it, that's your problem.

And another thing, are you f*cking serious? How stupid do you think I am? I shouldn't care about the hardware issues on the 360? So what you're saying is that I should keep getting one whenever one breaks?

I'm sorry but as a consumer, I use my brain and common sense.

What if there's a game I wanted to play for the day and the system breaks down that same day? And the game is exclusive?

...Just wow.
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Slime  +   1951d ago
The whole 360 RROD and everything else has been completely blown out of all proportion. I say this from experience. Having never had one.

At this point I would like to tell you I've had two 360's. Dec 05 launch machine and an Elite that I got in March last year. The reason for this was simple. I was sure the price cut was imminent. So I traded my 360 in before it was official for the higher price. A few days later the price cut was official, so I Played Rogue Galaxy and a few other games on my PS2 for about 2 weeks, then got the 360 Elite with bigger HD, HDMI etc and saved money at the same time.

If you got a 360 you may never actualy have a problem. However, if the worst did happen it would not be the end of the world. You really should get one.
ultimolu  +   1951d ago
Slime, I don't need to be peer-pressured into getting one...thanks.
Raoh  +   1952d ago
I think it has something to do with priorities.

xbox has been killing the ps3 in dlc etc for gaming content, an area where sony has dominated and microsoft needs to work at.

sony, has been pushing the blu ray. they also pushed the dark knight movie, not paying attention to tomb raider etc dlc.. after blu ray, dark knight it would make sense as a company to get something exclusive that fits their business model. (Blu Ray, Dark Knight movie on Blu Ray, Lego Batman on PS2 and now the Joker on a DC title that by the way might reflect on sony and DC's partnership with DC Universe)
macalatus  +   1952d ago
To the 360 gamers, aka "misguided children of the video game industry", fear not!! You still get the exclusive RROD DLC complete with a UPS ad and caption that says, "We can't spell SUCKER without U!!".
ThaGeNeCySt  +   1951d ago
why do I have to be misguided?
lordgodalming  +   1951d ago
What the...?

@13.1 You're not misguided. The great thing about opinions, is that everyone is entitled to one. Some opinions, however (13.0), belong in the Open Zone.
Silellak  +   1951d ago
12 hours, and this is still in the Gamer Zone. Just...wow.

Do the mods at N4G just not care anymore?
bomboclaat_gamer  +   1952d ago
OMFG lets boycott eidos

/sarcasm lol
Godmars290  +   1952d ago
What I'm not getting is the difference between the PS3's and 360's DLC. One requires that you pay for it, making a big deal that they have it, while the gives it away. Still making a big deal about it.

Forget other examples like LBP or UT3, both of which give open, player made, DLC options. While MS can't even allow that. Offers "the best" of UT3's in a map bundle for a price.
Persistantthug  +   1952d ago
Can you rewrite what you said, Godmars290? I'm interested, but a few grammatical errors might be causing me to misinterpret what you're saying.
Thanks.
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Godmars290  +   1951d ago
Simplified...
Sony tends to give you free cr*p on occasion, where MS will try to charge you for stuff you make. Really only need to use UT3 as an example of that.
stonepaintings  +   1952d ago
Soooo... the link to the full story doesn't work in the least
kingdavid  +   1952d ago
..
These exclusive dlc exclusive characters are a joke whichever way you look at it.
Enigma_2099  +   1952d ago
I... DON'T ... CARE!!!!!
Just make the game good!!! That's all I ask!!!!
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Persistantthug  +   1952d ago
DAMNIT EIDOS !!!!!HOW DARE THEY!!!!BOYCOTT I SAY!!!!!!!!
NO JUSTICE NO PEACE!!!!!!!!!!!11111

Oh wait,

I have a PS3.

:P
v1c1ous  +   1951d ago
so ps3 fanboys
are you going to boycott Eidos like you were threatening to do for Bethesda for making 360 only DLC in that other topic out or principle?
Corepred4  +   1951d ago
why...
would they boycott it, the dlc is only on the ps3 not the 360. just like 360 owners would be mad if they got the short end of the stick on games too... like 3 episodes of gameplay, not just a character add-on, sorry but your comment was stupid...
Sheikh Yerbouti  +   1951d ago
Simple minded
Just because we don't like exclusive DLC on other systems and decide not the buy the game doesn't make it a boycott. The 360 game is gimped if it isn't comparable to the PS3 version. The value is lower, so I decide not to buy. Everyone on the forum who says that are not boycotting, they're making their intentions known.

Now an extra playable character is not a big deal, and fall far far short of what Bethesda is doing. Come on Joker vs. Level cap?

DLC exclusives is a half-assed way of doing exclusives. Would you purchase a game for your 360 that was only half as long as the PS3 version? With exclusive DLC in FO3, it is akin to that. It is more respectable for a dev to make it wholly exclusive.
Raoh  +   1951d ago
To be honest with you i dont care for dlc exclusivity. i prefer maybe a difference in dlc. something that is slightly different like either a character or a car in a racing game for each console etc..

But i dont agree with eclusive dlc for either console. sure exclusive joker for the ps3 puts a smile on my face only because it gives xbox fans a taste of the other side of things.

hopefully enough ps3 games will get some more that way microsoft can stop trying to do it, that could hopefully make sony stop as well.

exclusive games are one thing. but exclusive dlc just sucks. especially crappy dlc you have to pay for.
GiantEnemyCrab  +   1951d ago
ahh.. so that's the justification for the hypocrisy I see.

It's just not as big as the Fallout DLC that makes it OK. Right!

This is Sony whipping out it's checkbook for some extra content. No different than MS doing that with Bethesda.

What's going to be really funny for both sides is when EIDOS releases the Joker for the 360 a bit after release just like Namco did with Soul Caliber. All those Yoda vs Vader arguments looked rather stupid after that.
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Sheikh Yerbouti  +   1951d ago
Crabby
A character doesn't add much to replayability there buddy. It is something easy to add. DLC like the "Pitt" does.

I don't believe there has been any indication of Sony paying for a character.

Actually I believe that this will be like SCIV as you said. Home just jumped the gun. I expect a announcement for other characters.
Lord Vader  +   1951d ago
so don't expect a massive single-player campaign associated with the legendary villain.

THAT SUX
Godmars290  +   1951d ago
I guessing,
That the Tomb Raider DLC might have something to do with this. Someone at Edios feeling bad.

@ABOVE:
Considering how the Joker is at the center of the main campaign, don't really see they can make a side-quest featuring him as well. Show how he set everything up.
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SprayandPreycom  +   1951d ago
im sorry but
that picture dosent look anything like any kind of joker ive ever seen hope it isnt that one there getting ...lol
redsnake  +   1951d ago
its not a big deal while it is a bigger incentive than some 360 dlc where you have to pay for it and it often comes out sever months after the game this game in particular will not be very good that just my prediction.
The_Devil_Hunter  +   1951d ago
Damn good thing Im getting this on PS3 too..it actually looks good.
madchem1966  +   1951d ago
Anyone ever heard of reading critically?
If you read what Eidos says in the article, it's that the Joker will be available exclusively 'at launch' for the PS3. This is a carefully worded blurb which basically means that it will be available for everyone in 2 or 3 months. So the X360 fans can quit trying to downplay the content as meaningless, and the PS3 fans can quit acting like it is the second coming.
onijutsu  +   1951d ago
mehtastic

so why doesn't the xbox360 version get this? and why isn't it on the disc, i mean the game hasn't even been released yet.
the only thing this is, is advertising, thats it.
But they alienate half their audience, its just stupid.
Not that this is some epic dlc or anything.
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