Batman Arkham City originally released in 2011, and it is a fantastic game. It iterated on the Batman Arkham formula from Asylum by plonking players into a brilliant open world to explore as the Dark Knight himself. As far as I’m concerned, no game has ever matched this in terms of the quality and destiny of that open world. Even games like Ghost of Tsushima struggle to match up with what was put in this game. Recently we’ve been handed some new stats for the game. AS you can guess by the title, they are ridiculous, so we have to explore them.
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Firs things first, Batman Arkham City sold 12.5 million units between 2011 and 2012, the first year that it was on sale. If that’s not a decent indicator of just how good it is, I don’t know what else is. £12.5 million is about what it costs to build a housing estate in the UK. I found this out because there’s one going up in my local area, though I’m happily moving soon, and won’t need to put up with yet another massive crane blocking the sun.
Second, the game has generated $600 million so far. Since it was released as part of a remaster package on current-gen consoles, it’s probably still generating a decent amount of income. As of June last year, this was popstar Rihanna’s total wealth. It’s also the amount that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, the latest one, generated in the first three days on sale.
The game actually led to Warner Bros’ most popular, and profitable, mobile game of all time, Batman: Arkham City Lockdown. I would say that the game must still be running in order to be their most popular, though with Arkham City on offer, I wouldn’t bother with it at all.
The final mad stat we have is the fact that the co-marketing partnership for the game is valued at $5 million. Yes, that’s a lot to spend on marketing for a game, but when that game brings in $600 million to date, and is still generating money, that $5 million is worth it.
Batman Arkham City might be popular in part because of Batman himself, but the game definitely stands on its own as one of the greatest releases of all time. If you’ve never played it, right now is the best time to give it a try.