Who needs a Bat Signal when you can whip out your smartphone? Samsung has apparent;y discovered wisdom in this random thought because they’re making a Batman-themed Galaxy S7 Edge-styled after Injustice: Gods Among Us. Yes, that’s been out for awhile, but since when has that been an adequate reason not to create products after something? And because it’s an homage to Injustice, the game is pre-installed on each batphone. There’s more. The complete package supposedly will come with Batman wallpaper, a Samsung Gear VR headset, hard case, and a gold-plated Batarang replica. Just don’t try throwing it.
If all this sounds like something necessary for continued basic survival, certain regions will have to put themselves on life support for a time. The batphone is releasing only in China, Russia, Mexico, Korea, and Singapore at first, later this June. Other regions will see it later, but as the phone is built with mobile gaming in mind, the wait ought to be worth it. A press release by Samsung promises “with enhanced hardware and software capability, and bigger battery capacity ensuring long play time, the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is optimized for the best gaming experience, fueling a natural partnership between [Samsung and Warner Bros.]”
Smartphones specialized for specific franchises is a simple concept, especially with so many companies embracing the mobile market. Imagine a gaming phone that’s pre-programmed to receive early access to new games, news, and exclusive offers. The flipside to such a thing is, in order to get that stuff for all your favorite series, you would potentially have to own multiple phones. For the time being, the batphone is merely a product of a company partnership, not the herald of a new industry trend. But how about it? Should themed gaming phones become a thing? Leave a comment and let us know what you think.
Matt Eschbach is a PC, Mac and Android indie game developer and fiction writer. His works have won multiple monetary awards from various contests. Graduating college in 2012 with a major in Game Design, Matt spends his time making stuff up and then building it. His favorite hobby… is sleeping.