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E3 2012's Most Anticipated: Batman: Arkham City 2

CVG E3 2012 Awards: Vote for the games that most excite you!

The games on show at E3 2012 promise to be some of the best of the generation. So you really owe it to yourself to vote in CVG's E3 2012 Awards in the Most Anticipated Title category.

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Before the show kicks off, we'll work out which of these 20 special E3 game previews have enjoyed the most page views, Facebook 'Likes', ReTweets and poll votes (see below) and crown our first victor at the Los Angeles event. Show your favourites the love!

Game: Batman: Arkham City 2

Likelihood of E3 2012 showing: Possible

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We'd be surprised if the next entry in the Batman Arkham series skulked its way into E3 2012, but we're holding out hope. Arkham Asylum was released in 2009 and Arkham City was revealed that same year, before being released in in October 2011. By our desperate estimations we think we're about due for an announcement.

But where is Rocksteady headed with the Arkham series? The first two games have been slowly edging towards a fully open-world format, so we're betting the next game will be looking to pull up a chair alongside Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto series.

Arkham Asylum was set within the confines of a small island, and although a City in name, Arkham City only pushed the walls back just enough to give the illusion of a sprawling metropolis. A fully realised Gotham City for the third game wouldn't be much of a leap of logic, there's certainly enough evidence to suggest it could happen. Warner Bros Interactive has registered a numbers of domains including 'Siege of Gotham', 'Grand Delusions' and 'Gates of Gotham', all which allude to a larger scale.

At the Spike Video Game Awards last year the Joker was shown holding a script for 'Batman: Arkham World' during his Best Character Award acceptance speech. "Oops, spoilers!" he said while cheekily tossing it aside. Although a Rocksteady representative later said the reference was "in good fun only", at the very least it shows the studio is aware of what we want from a sequel. And you know what they say: there's many a true word spoken in jest. No doubt that goes double for when the jester is the Joker.



Ignoring the lore-shattering implications of the Arkham City ending, Rocksteady left a number of threads dangling for a sequel to grab hold of. Beware, spoilers ahead.
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