Warner’s ‘Batman Arkham’ series is back with a bang as the fourth instalment ‘Batman Arkham Knight’ transitions to PS4/Xbox One and becomes the new No1 (knocking Warner’s No1 from last week ‘Lego Jurassic World’ down to No2).
‘Batman Arkham Knight’ is also the week 1 best-seller for the franchise (previously held by 2011’s 2nd instalment Batman Arkham City) and also becomes the week 1 best-seller this year so far, comfortably beating previous week 1 best-seller ‘The Witcher 3’. Batman AK dev duty was handed back to Rocksteady in the UK, the lead developer for all Arkham games except the third instalment (2013’s Batman Arkham Origins) and this is also the first Arkham game to get a Tuesday ‘event’ day launch in the UK.
This is Warner’s 4th No1 this year (Dying Light, MK X, Lego Jurassic World, Batman AK) - the last time a publisher had at least 4 No1 hits in the first half of the year was back in 2012 (EA with FIFA12, Kingdoms of Amalur, SSX, Mass Effect 3 and Fifa Street). The first half of 2015 closes with a few other new releases: Nintendo’s Wii U ‘Yoshi’s Woolly World’ gets off to a great start at No4, Square Enix debut at No10 with ‘Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward’ for PS4 & PC, PQube and Milestone debut at No13 with multi-format ‘MotoGP 15’ and Bandai Namco complete the Top 40 new entries at No18 with ‘J-Stars Victory VS+’ for Sony formats.