October 2014 is getting less crowded for gamers, as Batman: Arkham Knight has been delayed into 2015. Originally slated for an October 14, 2014 release, the game has been pushed back because “Awesome takes time,” says Dax Ginn of Rocksteady Studio. The studio is making their first game since 2011, and it’s intended to end their Batman trilogy, after Warner Bros. Montreal took the series back in time to its Origins last fall.
Arkham Knight’s delay is interesting - the game is being developed solely for the newer consoles, PS4 and Xbox One, as well as PC, and it stands to reason that post-release of the actual hardware instead of just dev kits, they have discovered new opportunities (and possibly some new limitations) with what actually reached the shelves.
However, it’s also not alone in the delay party. The Witcher 3 has been moved to February 2015, and The Order: 1886, Mad Max, and The Division were all originally slated for Fall 2014 and now moved to 2015. This latest delay doesn’t mean a dearth of titles in October - there are still no less than five triple-A titles hitting that month including Alien: Isolation, Dragon Age Inquisition, and Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor all on October 7, and that’s following September 9’s release of Destiny.
Perhaps to soften the blow, WBIE released this one-minute teaser trailer showing off the Batmobile from Batman: Arkham Knight and its ability to transform into a combat ready battle mode. Apparently this Batman is a little softer on guns than others we’ve met.
And hey, at least there's LEGO Batman 3 this year...