Fans hoping Rocksteady’s absence from The Game Awards this year will be compensated for by the appearance of another Warner Bros. studio, will sadly be left disappointed.
Rocksteady, having officially revealed it won’t be at The Game Awards, and that it’s not in fact making a Superman game, has sort of moved the ball into Warner Bros. Montreal’s court.
WB Montreal, too, has been rumoured to be working on no less than three projects in the time since the studio shipped Batman: Arkham Origins. It’s hard to ascertain what’s fake from what’s just outdated, now that none of these rumours turned into actual games.
Grasping at straws, or perhaps thirsty for any comics-related announcement, fans quickly assumed the rumoured Superman game was instead being worked on by Warner Bros. Montreal, despite seeing no evidence to suggest that.
Today, WB Montreal revealed it too will be a no show at The Game Awards. Patrick Redding, creative director on an announced project at the studio, outright clarified this on Twitter, saying that although WB Montreal is sending a team to LA this week, the reason is strictly business.
… We’re not doing the glamorous part of the job just yet. We’re headed down to meet with our WB partners and showcase the team’s hard work and share our excitement. I know how anxious the fans are to hear something… Please be patient! (2/2)
— Patrick Redding (@Holesinteeth) December 2, 2018
That’s not the end of it, however. Redding, and other colleagues seemingly also working on the same project, have been teasing what looks like a Batman: Court of Owls game.
Spotted by Gaming Monk, one particular assistant producer at the studio shared a picture of a t-shirt with a logo that’s very similar to the one in the comics. You can see the two images side-by-side above, but the resemblance is certainly not a coincidence.
The Court of Owls is a coalition of some of the oldest families in Gotham, who convene regularly to decide the fate of major events in the city. This ruthless group has a lethal squad of assassins, called Talons, who eliminate major obstacles in the Court’s way. Batman is, of course, involved in the struggle against the shadowy organisation, as part of the rebooted New 52 storyline.
More interestingly, though, The Court of Owls stories would later involve all of Batman’s previous Robins, which is a very exciting concept for a Batman game, assuming the team is being liberal with how they use the fiction.
Warner Bros. Montreal has yet to release a console game this generation. Despite being a completely separate team from Rocksteady, the two have usually been linked in rumours and leaks. If a comics game is being made at Warner Bros. the assumption is always Rocksteady. Failing that, it shifts over to WB Montreal.
That said, it sounds like we’ll have to keep on waiting for project “REDACTED” to be officially unveiled.