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Warner Bros. Announces Batman: Arkham Origins

Posted on April 10, 2013 at 5:41 am by Tyler Waterman

The often-rumored next entry in the Batman: Arkham game series has finally been confirmed. Batman: Arkham Origins is the prequel to the blockbuster titles Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City, and will feature a younger Batman encountering an event that will define his development into the horse-punching vigilante we all know and love. Warner Bros. promises that this game will feature Batman’s introduction to several major characters; though they didn’t provide any details, next months Game Informer cover prominently features Deathstroke, so we know that’s one of the familiar faces we’ll get to meet for the first time.

Perhaps even more exciting than the announcement of Arkham Origins was the surprising news that this time there would be a portable offering as well. Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate will be on both major portable platforms, and rather than being a shoddy port of the console game, this will be a separate companion title. Blackgate will be a 2.5D adventure (think Metroid/Castlevania) that goes beyond the story told on consoles. Two Batman games are better than one, and the idea of a Metroidvania-style Batman game nearly brings tears of joy to my eyes, so these both can’t come out fast enough for me.

The only disappointing news was that Rocksteady Studios, the folks behind Arkham Asylum and Arkham City, won’t be the team developing Origins. However, the team at W.B. Games Montreal will be using the existing assets and engine from the first games for Origins, and the project is being helmed by Eric Holmes, who worked on both Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction and Prototype, so there is plenty of reason to believe this game won’t suffer from being moved to another team.

Batman: Arkham Origins will be available for Xbox 360, Playstation 3, WiiU, and PC. Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate will be available for Playstation Vita and the Nintendo 3DS, and both the console and portable versions will be available October 25th, 2013. Pre-orders are already available from most major retailers, and information on pre-ordering can be found at the official Arkham Origins website.

Sources: NBC News, DC Comics Official Blog

 

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