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Batman: Arkham City’s New Game Plus Explained

New Game Plus is not a concept brand new to Batman: Arkham City. In fact, the gameplay mode dates back to the mid 90s with titles like Chrono Trigger, the game, if my memory serves me correctly, that actually started New Game Plus.

It’s always been an unlockable earned after completing a game. By entering New Game Plus, players have been able to enjoy the same game they just beat, only now with harder enemies, less health, less helpers, different battles, etc.

The game mode surfaced recently in Batman: Arkham City‘s Achievement List. Since then, a lot of fans have wondered what, exactly New Game Plus will be getting them as players. Rocksteady Games‘, the studio behind Arkham City, Community Manager Sarah Wellock responded to these generic questions concerning the unlockable mode on the official game forum:

HOW DO I UNLOCK NEW GAME PLUS?
Finish the game on normal or hard mode

WHAT DO I START NEW GAME PLUS WITH?
ALL of your gadgets from the end of your first play though, ALL of your XP (including unlocked upgrades)

WHAT IS DIFFERENT?
No counter icons on thugs
Different Thug Levels: tougher thugs are available from the start of the game
Different Thug Configuration
Increased difficulty Bosses : Bosses will be even more cunning

HOW IS IT DIFFERENT FROM HARD MODE?
The main difference is that you will have ALL of your gadgets and xp so even though the enemies may be tougher you will have the technical upper hand

IS NEW GAME PLUS ONE DIFFICULTY SETTING?
Yes, regardless of whether you finish the game on normal or hard new game plus will be the same difficulty

CAN I STILL REPLAY THE GAME WITHOUT NEW GAME PLUS?
Yes you can, however you won’t start with all your gadgets

New Game Plus is, then, exactly what it’s always been in other projects. It’s a way from Rocksteady to give players a more challenging playthrough while letting them keep their experience and gear. In a game that’s already said to be exceptionally large, this extra mode should pack on a tone of replayable content for those that want it.

Will you be playing through a second time with New Game Plus?

Batman: Arkham City will be available for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC on October 18th.

[via Batman: Arkham City Forums]


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