This morning, WB Interactive announced that Batman: Arkham City has shipped 4.6 million copies of the new PS3/Xbox 360 title. To put that into perspective, in just a week, WB Interactive and Rocksteady have gotten double the number of copies of Arkham City out to gamers than in a whole month of release for Arkham Asylum. That's a lot of folks out there potentially kicking crime in the face on the mean streets of the AC over the last week.
I'm calling it right now: for the end of month Xbox Live/PSN online rankings, we'll see something like this: 1. Modern Warfare 3, 2. Battlefield 3, 3. Arkham City.
Meanwhile, on the critical front, Arkham City is on very solid footing with a respectable aggregate score of 87% on Metacritic, with 95%, 96%, and 91% for the critics' rating for the 360, PS3, and PC respectively.* I'm going to go out on a limb and assume that Rocksteady Studios will be in the Batman business for a little while, and that's not even considering whatever kind of DLC model the studio might have in place for post-launch release. That's my real hope: that Rocksteady uses the open world experience of the game to add more story and side quests for Batman. Wouldn't it be great if we got something on par with the Lost and the Damned expansion for GTA IV or Undead Nightmare for Red Dead Redemption?
*The dip in the average comes from the player reviews which have been figured in.