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Batman: Arkham Knight's limited edition statue may have given away too much

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Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

For the release of Rocksteady's third big Batman game, Batman: Arkham Knight, publisher Warner Bros. has created a limited edition package that includes a Steelbook case, custom art book, comic book and a 12-inch statue featuring a proud Batman standing over the skyscrapers of Gotham City. Does that statue also include a hefty spoiler for the events of Batman: Arkham Knight?

As spotted by Videogamer, the inscription on that statue could have revealed an important plot point for Arkham Knight, so proceed with caution if possible spoilers rub you the wrong way.

The limited edition statue, now on Amazon UK, comes with a plaque that reads, "From a grateful city, in memory of the Gotham Knight." That pretty heavily implies that the Batman of Rocksteady's Arkham games meets his end in some fashion, though it's obviously not clear what happens to the caped crusader.

Batman Arkham Knight spoilers?

Previously released photos of the statue don't carry that inscription, and instead just read "The Gotham Knight."

It's not clear if Rocksteady is setting us up for a decidedly conclusive finale to the Batman Arkham series by actually killing off the Batman or putting an end to Bruce Wayne's crime-fighting career by giving him an out — and possibly a replacement — a la Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises. Or Rocksteady could be setting us up for a fake-out, like it did with the Joker's early "death" in Arkham City. Another possibility? That Batman, a comic book super hero, will be just fine and WB will continue to make more Batman Arkham video games for years to come.

However, Warner Bros. has repeatedly described Batman: Arkham Knight as the "epic conclusion" to the Rocksteady-developed trilogy. "We kind of feel like this is the natural end for this story," Rocksteady has said. "We really want to go out in style."

We'll find out for sure this summer. Batman: Arkham Knight comes to PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One on June 2.

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