It's time for some Batman: Arkham City news that will excite fans of Robin and Tim Drake. Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment have confirmed that Robin will be a fully playable character...in the new and improved challenge mode.
There's a catch. Not everyone will be able to play as Robin. Tim Drake will be available to North American fans who pre-order the game from Best Buy on any of the platforms it's available on.
What makes Robin different? Besides being a little shorter and having less pointy ears, he'll come complete with his own set of special moves and gadgets. That means it's not just a generic render slapped on top of an existing character model. Robin will be playable in all challenge maps in the game. There will also be two additional maps included with the pack, Black Mask Hideout and Freight Train Escape.
If that wasn't enough for Tim Drake fans, there will also be a bonus Red Robin character skin.
This is great news for North American Robin fans but a bit of a bummer for others. As we get closer to the release date this Fall, we'll have to see if any other characters renders become available if you pre-order the game at other retailers. Hopefully that won't be the case. I'd hate to have to choose between exclusive available characters.