It had been rumored for a while, but now it has been made official: Batman: Arkham Knight is no longer coming out this year.
The game’s official website has been updated to reflect this announcement, but it appears that the news hadn’t actually been news to members of the gaming press — they just weren’t allowed to say anything at the time.
Kotaku Editor-in-Chief Stephen Totilo said that they learned the game was being delayed until 2015, but this information was under embargo at the press event they attended.
This decision by Warner Bros. doesn’t seem to be that deceptive, though: the second fiscal quarter contains both May and June for parent company Time Warner, but the question still remains. Why would a publisher tell press about a delay but require them to keep it a secret? Isn’t that the antithesis of what journalism should be?
It’s not like the press has a choice in the matter. With reviews making up such a large amount of site traffic, refusing to comply could risk losing early access to games so that the reviews can hit embargo.
That whole “misunderstanding” from late April? It wasn’t a misunderstanding.
Batman: Arkham Knight arrives next year on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC. It’s Rocksteady’s last Batman game.