If you’re a fan of Batman, then no doubt you’ve dreamed of one day driving the Batmobile. Well good news, as you can now drive almost every incarnation of the car in a brand new arcade game from Specular Interactive. Arcade Heroes (via Movies.com) spoke with the CEO, Lead Programmer, and Game Director of Specular Interactive Steven Ranck about the open world game which features over ten different vehicles from the dark knight’s history.
“We knew the Batmobile had to drive really fast to give the player the level of excitement we wanted,” Ranck said. “But being able to take 90 degree corners at city intersections while driving hundreds of miles-per-hour was a real challenge, and often resulted with the Batmobile slamming into the buildings on the opposite side of the road. To solve this, Specular engineered a unique driving physics model that allows players of any skill level to drive the Batmobile at insane speeds and still make those 90 degree corners like a pro Hollywood stunt driver, and without giving up any player control over the car.”
“Gotham City in our game is nearly 10 square miles of various suburbs, unique neighborhoods, elevation changes, tunnels, bridges, hills, dirt roads, jumps, secret paths, etc., all hand crafted by a few very talented artists here at Specular. We placed tens of thousands of lights, thousands of physics objects, trees, bushes, effects, moving traffic cars, emergency vehicles & aircraft, ruined buildings and debris, gave names to neighborhoods, streets, and storefronts, and built famous landmarks from the DC Batman universe. It was a huge effort, but the end result is a fantastic rendition of Gotham City to experience.”
Simply titled “Batman,” this new machine is expected to hit arcades by the end of the year and will let players take on Bane, Mr. Freeze, The Penguin, and The Joker. Check out some of the videos showing off the game’s cars, characters, and gameplay in the videos below along with some promo images. Which Batmobile do you want to drive?
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