The one major complaint that people had about the critically acclaimed Batman: Arkham Asylum video game was that while the story mode was fantastic, the game lacked multiplayer. A few weeks back the company behind the game, Rocksteady Studios, announced that they would be including a multiplayer co-op mode in the sequel to the game, Batman: Arkham City, which is due out later this year. So far they have revealed Catwoman as a playable character and it has been insinuated through several cut-scene preview videos that the Joker may also be playable. While this is all well and good, many fans have been asking the obvious question- why is Batman teaming up with villains when he practically has an entire army of sidekicks?

Fans can finally rest easy as it was recently revealed that the original Batman sidekick, Robin the Boy Wonder, will be a playable character in the highly anticipated sequel! There isn’t much information available which iteration of Robin we’ll be seeing, but the fact that he is playable just goes to show that Rocksteady is listening to what the fans want. On a side note, Robin is an exclusive bonus character that is received via a download token for those that pre-order and purchase the game at Best Buy.

So now the question begs, who else is going to pop up between now and the games release? If the story mode has co-op capabilities, the possibilities are seemingly endless with the amount of sidekicks Batman has at his disposal. With many major retailers all trying to gain exclusive in game content to boost their sales, who is to say we won’t see Nightwing or Batgirl pop up as exclusives? Only time will tell.

Batman: Arkham City will be available for the Playstation 3, X-box 360 and PC this fall and is pre-orderable now at most major retailers. A version of the game is also slated to be released sometime in 2012 for Nintendo’s upcoming Wii U system. Stay tuned to Comic Booked for all the latest news on Batman: Arkham City!