Warner Bros., the publishing powerhouse behind 2009’s Batman: Arkham Asylum and 2011’s Batman: Arkham City, seem to have been on a bit of shopping spree lately over some new online domains. Though there haven’t been any official announcements regarding a sequel to Arkham City, the game’s ending was left open for more if developer Rocksteady sees fit. Picked up by the fine folks of Fusible.com, the following is a list of the bought “Arkham” specific domain names:
arkhamuniverse.com (Arkham Universe)
batmanarkahmuniverse.com (Batman Arkham Universe)
batmanarkhamarises.com (Batman Arkham Arises)
batmanarkhambegins.com (Batman Arkham Begins)
batmanarkhamdarkknight.com (Batman Arkham Dark Knight)
batmanarkhamknight.com (Batman Arkham Knight)
batmanarkhamlegend.com (Batman Arkham Legend)
batmanarkhamlegends.com (Batman Arkham Legends)
batmanarkhamnight.com (Batman Arkham Night)
batmanarkhamorigins.com (Batman Arkham Origins)
batmanarkhamstories.com (Batman Arkham Stories)
darkknightarkham.com (Dark Knight Arkham)
dcarkhamuniverse.com (DC Arkham Universe)
dcarkhamverse.com (DC Arkhamverse)
thearkhamuniverse.com (The Arkham Universe)
Bear in mind, that this move is also often made to secure URLs from compromising a company’s intellectual property. To further prove this, the online brand protection agency MarkMonitor has helped organise these registrations, which can be seen on the links when clicked.
However, a followup to the games isn’t completely out of the question given the runaway success of the series. We’ll just have to keep waiting and hoping for an official confirmation soon. Possibly even at E3?
What do you think? Is this just companies protecting their brand or the definitive inner workings of a new entry to the Arkham saga? Sound off below.