While fans impatiently wait for Batman: Return to Arkham, they do have Batman Arkham VR to look forward to. The game was first showcased in E3 2016, but only a few details about the game has been revealed since. Considering the prestige the series has acquired over the years, one has to wonder if the VR game will be canon with the series’ continuity.
Many fans have assumed that the series finished with Batman: Arkham Knight. Rocksteady previously stated that it would be the end of their Arkham trilogy ? ignoring Arkham Origins once again ? though they did tease that their time with the Caped Crusader wasn’t exactly over yet. Is this VR game what they were referring to?
If Batman: Arkham VR is canon with the series, then it is definitely set before Arkham Knight, Arkham City and maybe even Arkham Asylum. The trailer of the game featured Mark Hamill reprising his role as the Joker, who died after the events of Arkham City. It will be interesting to see what role the villain will play in the game and how connected it might be with the previous installments of the series.
GameSpot was able to play a demo of the VR game back in June and discovered that there will be a focus on mystery solving, just like the Telltale Batman game. Unlike the Telltale version, however, the VR title featured Dick Grayson murdered, who most comic book fans know as Nightwing.
Considering that he made a big appearance in Arkham Knight, seeing him dead in the VR game leads to two possibilities: that he isn’t really dead and it is a ruse in the VR game, or he is dead and the game isn’t canon with the series.
Until more details about the PlayStation VR game are revealed, we will have to wait and see where Batman Arkham VR is in the series’ canon. With Rocksteady developing the title, it will surely tie in to the three games somehow, and it will be interesting to see how they do that. Arkham VR is scheduled for an October 2016 release.