A Heartbreaking Glimpse of a Steampunk Batman Game

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A Heartbreaking Glimpse of a Steampunk Batman Game


Don your etched-brass goggles for some concept art from the Gotham by Gaslight game that never was.

While Rocksteady has done a stellar job of adapting the more mainstream, "comic book" version of Batman into a pair of jolly-good games, the more esoteric interpretations of the Dark Knight haven't had as much luck. Gotham by Gaslight for example. A game based on the one-shot, Victorian-era take on the perpetually-scowling vigilante penned by Brian Augustyn and Mike Mignola. The game was apparently being developed, or at least planned, by F.3.A.R developer Day 1 Studios, but the project seems to have been quietly smothered in its sleep, leaving us with nothing but the following UI concept art.

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The menu designs above were posted by graphic artist and UI designer, Julie Farrell. You can see more of her work, including a few more, slightly less exciting, pictures of the Gaslight UI, here. [http://www.juliefarrell.com/?page_id=1342]

Now, just in case you needed reminding how vast, uncaring and fundamentally unfair the universe is; while this Batman game will never see the light of day, this one [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AdTlD80ms4A] most certainly did.


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The Wooster

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I guess the interest just evaporated when they realized they'd be competing against Arkham City.
 

Ignatz_Zwakh

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Such a pity. The Arkham games are pretty nifty, but I must admit to being quite taken with this concept.
 

RA92

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Hey, they can't run with the current Batman, forever. Maybe then...
 

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I would play the hell out of a steampunk Batman game. This project should be restarted.
 

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Is it just me or does it seem that it's really hard to actually get a Steampunk game to do well? Hardly any successful games right now are based on the Steampunk aesthetic, and it's not rare to hear some kind of Steampunk game was cancelled or never even got of the cutting room floor. Such a shame.
 

Duruznik

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There was going to be a steampunk Batman? And it got cancelled?!

...Excuse me for a minute, I have to go cry in the corner for a bit...
 

Ohlookit'sMatty

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This is quite heartbreaking but I'm just about to start playing in a Steampunk LARP& this would have made an epic character concept

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F'Angus

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Wow this looks like it woulda made one Helluvah game. I would've loved to play that.
 

weirdee

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Eh, well it sounds good, but so did the more recent Spiderman games, up until they actually made them, so what can you do

let's just be grateful that we have a good game at all
 

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I saw this a couple days ago, one of the pictures, which I don't see here for some reason, was of a loading/instruction screen that seemed to point to the game being a shooter.... So yeah, I'm not disappointed.
Don't get me wrong, I love me some Batman, but as a shooter? No. Still, cool concept, I really do have to read the comic this was based on sometime.
 

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I'm not surprised a one shot Batman didn't take off. Even avid comics fans may have missed a one shot. I collected comics, ad nauseum, for years. And the only thing I was ever interested in was continuity. Though I was a Marvel man. It seems that it would have appealed to a more niche audience. I even know some people who would have avoided the game because it was in a Steam Punk setting. I personally hate anything about the boring ass Victorian Era. So, it was lose lose when it came to my friends and myself.

I remember Batman Forever. I rented it when it first came out. My god, what a bad game. The music is enough to make your ears bleed. But, if you notice, it was Published by Akklaim. All the developer did was use Mortal Kombat as an inspiration to controls. Only, batman threw nothing but high punches. He even used the same sweep. And when he was dazed it was the same animation when waiting for a finishing move. Just a terrible game.
 

Twilight_guy

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Yeah because that's what I think when I watch Batman "You know what would make this better? If it was even less believable and set in the 19th century!" I can only imagine the ungodly steam powered grappling hook Batman would have to use. That'd work as a quick gag or cut away but I don't think Batman meets steampunk is really grounds for a game to stand on. Course Batman meets proto-cyberpunk did okay.
 

SmugFrog

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With buttons like "fire" and "reload", I'm sure this would have been just another FPS. Just because the concept is a novel idea doesn't mean it would have been good. It looks like they were going with a style like Bioshock.
 

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Twilight_guy said:
Yeah because that's what I think when I watch Batman "You know what would make this better? If it was even less believable and set in the 19th century!" I can only imagine the ungodly steam powered grappling hook Batman would have to use. That'd work as a quick gag or cut away but I don't think Batman meets steampunk is really grounds for a game to stand on. Course Batman meets proto-cyberpunk did okay.
Really? You cannot enjoy anything if it's not grounded in absolute ironclad laws of physics and realism? Guess you hate all comicbooks and sci fi.

If reality stops you from enjoying fiction.

Then you missed the point of fiction :D

The Point

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wooty

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I never really understood all this steampunk/cyberpunk/british-1980-era-punk-rock stuff to be honest, but I guess thats all down to taste.

OT:................................I wouldnt play it.
 

The Wooster

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I wouldnt play it simply because batman is boring.

But there really need to be more steampunk games!
 

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wooty said:
I never really understood all this steampunk/cyberpunk/british-1980-era-punk-rock stuff to be honest, but I guess thats all down to taste.

OT:................................I wouldnt play it.
Dunno I kind of like it. It just seems like the iPod future asethetic in that it's kinda overdone. Steam punk batman is like samurai batman, It just seems a bit gimmicky to me. Could be good but I think it#'s odd that people get boners over the word steam punk.
 

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DVS BSTrD said:
I guess the interest just evaporated when they realized they'd be competing against Arkham City.
You might even say they were prematurely steamrolled into submission.
 

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Duruznik said:
There was going to be a steampunk Batman? And it got cancelled?!

...Excuse me for a minute, I have to go cry in the corner for a bit...
This^^^

As you put it a steampunk batman and it's cancelled?????
 

The Wooster

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Scrustle said:
Is it just me or does it seem that it's really hard to actually get a Steampunk game to do well? Hardly any successful games right now are based on the Steampunk aesthetic, and it's not rare to hear some kind of Steampunk game was cancelled or never even got of the cutting room floor. Such a shame.
Bioshock? While not entirely steam punk it's got it's fair share of steamyness, Infinite especially. There's also that new first-person stealth game coming out soon.

But yeah, they do seem to be the exceptions rather than the norm. I think it's just because Steampunk is a pretty niche genre, like a lot of the [x]-punk stuff.
 

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Madre De Dios, NO! By Mignolia and it got canned! He designed Mr Freeze for BTAS, along with Hellboy! Hope Rockstady picks this up!
 

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Grey Carter said:
Now, just in case you needed reminding how vast, uncaring and fundamentally unfair the universe is; while this Batman game will never see the light of day, this one [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AdTlD80ms4A] most certainly did.
y

Just... y

There is no justice in the world.
 

AbstractStream

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So disappointing...even if it was a shooter, as SilverHammerMan said, I would have still liked to try it out.
 

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You never know... Arkham City is done and it'll be hard to take it from there. Maybe Gotham by Gaslight will be a new direction to take?

Maybe they'll make a Batman Beyond. That'd be kind of neat.
 

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Baresark said:
I'm not surprised a one shot Batman didn't take off. Even avid comics fans may have missed a one shot. I collected comics, ad nauseum, for years. And the only thing I was ever interested in was continuity. Though I was a Marvel man. It seems that it would have appealed to a more niche audience. I even know some people who would have avoided the game because it was in a Steam Punk setting. I personally hate anything about the boring ass Victorian Era. So, it was lose lose when it came to my friends and myself.

I remember Batman Forever. I rented it when it first came out. My god, what a bad game. The music is enough to make your ears bleed. But, if you notice, it was Published by Akklaim. All the developer did was use Mortal Kombat as an inspiration to controls. Only, batman threw nothing but high punches. He even used the same sweep. And when he was dazed it was the same animation when waiting for a finishing move. Just a terrible game.
Say what you will about the Victorian Era, but it sure as hell wasn't boring! The era represented everything that's wrong with society - exploitation, industrialisation, AND confusing archaeologists by making replicas of much more valuable stuff.

OT: Phooey to the nay-sayers. This would work. A gadget-driven vigilante is everything steampunk stands for!
 

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Steampunk is incredibly stupid. I'm very happy Batman will not be starring in this game. Steampunk usually just involves modern, or slightly futuristic, technology with a brass finish and some gears and pipes glued to it. Actually powering modern devices using steam is impractical to the point of absurdity, and to think it possible or even efficient makes you look very ignorant.

I mean come on people! How can you find crap like this appealing?
 

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Scrustle said:
Is it just me or does it seem that it's really hard to actually get a Steampunk game to do well? Hardly any successful games right now are based on the Steampunk aesthetic, and it's not rare to hear some kind of Steampunk game was cancelled or never even got of the cutting room floor. Such a shame.
Arcanum and Thief 2 were really the only ones, and that was over a decade ago.

It didn't help that the only really upfront steampunk game that came out in the last couple years, Damnation, was perhaps the absolute worst shooter in a market already saturated with shooters.

Mcoffey said:
Bioshock? While not entirely steam punk it's got it's fair share of steamyness, Infinite especially. There's also that new first-person stealth game coming out soon.

But yeah, they do seem to be the exceptions rather than the norm. I think it's just because Steampunk is a pretty niche genre, like a lot of the [x]-punk stuff.
BioShock is a weird example, since it takes place in an alternate version of 1960, where the decor and styles are straight out of the 1920s, but they still use late 19th century steam power? So we have some pulp historian's fantasy of steampunk married to dieselpunk married to atompunk. Infinite looks like it'll be more consistently steampunk, since it's actually set in the late 1800s.
 

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Batman Forever (on the Genesis) was an amazing game. I especially loved the awe-inspiring graphics and the award winning soundtrack. I'd like to see Skyrim compete with that voice acting.
 

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The controls also indicate that the game was meant to be a shooter (RT = shoot, RB = cycle weapon, and the d-pad can make him lean in either direction). They also included a "slow-mo" button, this game sounds like a steampunk, Batman-skin for FEAR, true it would be better than FEAR, but it still wouldn't be a good Batman game.
 

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Grey Carter said:
A game based on the one-shot, Victorian-era take on the perpetually-scowling vigilante penned by Brian Augustyn and Mike Mignola.
Wouldn't it technically be "Gilded Age"? Victorian would refer to to British territories, and presumably this game would have lacked the cliche late 19th century English culture in place of its American counterpart.
 

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daemon37 said:
Steampunk is incredibly stupid. I'm very happy Batman will not be starring in this game. Steampunk usually just involves modern, or slightly futuristic, technology with a brass finish and some gears and pipes glued to it. Actually powering modern devices using steam is impractical to the point of absurdity, and to think it possible or even efficient makes you look very ignorant.
The funny thing is the original comic is not steampunk (though it's terrible sequel was). It's basically the idea of Bruce Wayne being trained by Sherlock Holmes and Sigmund Freud to hunt Jack the Ripper whose shown up in Gotham. He had no tech and simply relied on his martial arts and detective training while utilizing the psychological effects of fear. It's a decent read.
 

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i didnt even read this and im already exited! steampunk batman game? count me in!
wait "smothered in its bed" oww... :(
i guess we will have to wait for marvel to decide making a"spiderman 1602" game is a good idea :/
 

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A gotham by gaslight game? *Shut up and take my money*
This

Two of my favourite things combined into one.... Why did you tell me that this was going to be a thing? Now I'm so sad.
 

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That's hilarious. Sure it'd be a cool concept, but of course concept alone won't carry a game. I'd be a little more heartbroken if they released gameplay video and it looked fucking awesome.
 
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I'm not too heartbroken since it's only concept art and nothing like a mind-boggling awesome trailer or something. I have enough Batman for now to keep myself occupied.
 

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daemon37 said:
Steampunk is incredibly stupid. I'm very happy Batman will not be starring in this game. Steampunk usually just involves modern, or slightly futuristic, technology with a brass finish and some gears and pipes glued to it. Actually powering modern devices using steam is impractical to the point of absurdity, and to think it possible or even efficient makes you look very ignorant.

I mean come on people! How can you find crap like this appealing?
No obviously it's not realistic, but then neither are faster than light drives in science fiction, but the key word is here "fiction" the whole point of fantasy is a suspension of disbelief and just going with it, y'know FOR FUN. No body actually thinks it's plausible I don't know where you got that idea, it's just an aesthetic thing that a lot of people like and a narrative device for introducing advanced technology in eras where that technology wasn't available.
 

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daemon37 said:
Steampunk is incredibly stupid.
By that logic, any fictional genre is incredibly stupid.
Of course there are stupid entries in any given genre piece; that doesn't render the entire genre bad or unappealing.

For example: I hate "Otaku" in Shadowrun (kids who can deck without a cyberdeck because they're...*sigh* "Children of the Internet"). I hate Magical Children and ghosts living in the Internet (called the Matrix, and yes, Shadowrun predates the film with the same concept), as it betrays the entire theme of Tech-vs-Magic inherent in the setting.

Shadowrun is about as Cyberpunk as it gets.
Do I hate all Cyberpunk because of this and say it's all stupid? Of course not!
 

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daemon37 said:
Steampunk is incredibly stupid. I'm very happy Batman will not be starring in this game. Steampunk usually just involves modern, or slightly futuristic, technology with a brass finish and some gears and pipes glued to it. Actually powering modern devices using steam is impractical to the point of absurdity, and to think it possible or even efficient makes you look very ignorant.

I mean come on people! How can you find crap like this appealing?
What the living shit?

Steam punk is impossible on a fundamental real world level? Shit.

You know, I'll go back to Star Wars and Skyrim then, cause I only ever play things that could definitely happen in real life.

OT: Oh yeah, DO FREAKING WANT.

Don't even particularly like batman that much, but I love this premise!
 

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I have mixed opinions of the idea. The thing is that elseworlds type stories are fine as short one shots, but they generally aren't expanded into larger scale works or leak into the main continuity more directly because what is cool in small doses doesn't hold up in the long term. The longer something goes on the more you have to examine it and get into the nuts and bolts of something, and in many cases that leads to something not intended for that level of development falling to pieces and getting quite stupid.

What is currently called Steampunk (which is NOT actual Steampunk, but that's another discussion) hasn't seen more treatment because the stories it's trying to emulate were based on concepts that were later disproven, impractical, or outright non-functional to begin with. The more you focus on it, the more increasingly absurd it happens to get... which is why it works well for one shots, and short bits here and there. The best ongoing concepts in the genere, like say "Space 1889" which held on for a while, tend to not be successful in any traditional sense because to hold up to large scale development they wind up having to develop entirely alternative forms of logic that will twist the brains of all but the most hardcore nerds for them to make any kind of sense. "Space 1889" for example uses the logic that the old pseudo-science of Ether (which used to be a big deal) was real, and as such it changed the entire development of technology. This being the same Pseudo-science referanced offhandedly with the "Sons Of the Ether" faction in the old "Mage: The Ascension" RPGs.

Steampunk Batman really isn't going to be the Batman most people recognize, and the setting is really going to warp the character beyond most recognition. Not to mention when your looking at presumably dozens of hours of gameplay the novelty of something like that is going to wear off a lot faster than even those who are fond of the idea might think.

To be honest while "Gotham By Gaslight" was okay it's not my favorite Batman elseworlds. Truthfully if they were going to re-visit alternative Batman concepts I was more fond of the whole "Haunted Gotham" set up, which was actually framed as a sort of lead up to a series that was never going to exist. Not to mention one of the sword and sorcery Batman concepts where he was the one man who didn't use magic (as opposed to not using guns) where all the other super beings were magic themed now... instead he used science. Of course neither of those would work for the same reasons as Steampunk Batman. Still, I imagine Haunted Gotham would be a good justification for the Resident Evil school of survival horror... I mean sure, the bad guys are really fugly, nasty, and powerful... but your pwning them with violence despite the trappings because your playing the goddamned Batman. :)


That said I think we've seen enough Batman recently, I'd kind of like to see some serious attempts to do other super heroes. Games like Prototype and Infamous have shown it's quite possible to work with actual superpowers nowadays as opposed to creating a glorified brawler. I think Batman has been popular because his capabilities make him relatively easy to develop a good game for.

Looking at games like say City Of Heroes, or Champions Online, as well as things like Infamous it occurs to me that the technology exists to create a single player sandbox super hero game where you could either create your own character and have a more story driven experience than those MMOs have allowed so far... or deal with a situaton where you could choose to play as a lot of diverse characters. Imagine say "X-Men Legends" except done like inFamous.
 

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Aw... I love steam punk and Batman, so the two of them together would be like Peanut butter and chocolate...