Just before E3 this year, we found out that Batman: Arkham Knight was to be delayed to some unknown time in 2015.
Now, 2015 is a long time; 365 possible release dates, you could say. Where the consumer is left unsure about the release date, the retailers are left in a larger quandary.
Some retailers are still hedging a 2014 release, a few others have opted for the same date in 2015. When a retailer goes for a late December date, this is usually just to cover the entire year.
Argos and Microsoft have chosen 24th February, whilst online retailer ISME have gone for 8th June.
Most interesting though, is this e-mail from Walmart, sent to us this week by one of our followers. The new release date is listed as 31st March (with a comfortable two week delivery window).
So when will Batman: Arkham Knight be released?
First we must take validity of sources into account. Who trumps whom in the strength of their reliability in this matter?
I think it’s fair to say that we can immediately discount any store that lists the 31st of December 2014 or 2015 as the release. These shops are just covering their bases. The June date from ISME seems to be doing just the same, but this time placing it in the middle of the year.
Microsoft would seem to have the most reliable intelligence when it comes to release dates for its Xbox One console’s games, so February 24th is a possibility.
However, I would also suggest that since Walmart have negotiated a preorder exclusive with WB Games for Arkham Knight they may also be privy to accurate information.
Now, both 31st March and February 24th are Tuesdays. As Tuesday is the day that media releases usually occur in the US, this doesn’t really help us other than to confirm that, yes, these could be accurate.
It has also been rumoured that the first wave of DC Direct’s Arkham Knight action figures will be released in March 2015. For Arkham Origins, the first wave of figures coincided with the release of the game.
As it is, I think we have enough circumstantial evidence to give us a six week window of mid-February to the end of March.
Trepidatiously, I’m going to put my cards on the table now and say that the game will be released on Tuesday 17th March 2015 in the USA and Friday 20th of March 2015 in the UK. International releases to occur on each country’s usual media release day between those dates.
Remember, the release date of 17.3.15 is my own conjecture and should not be taken as gospel truth. I do, however, feel that the six week window that it sits within can be held as 90% accurate.
When do you think Arkham Knight will be released?