Batman: Arkham Origins has been announced and given a release date.
Before there was Injustice: Gods Among Us, there was Batman: Arkham Asylum. It gave Batman fans everything they wanted in a videogame. Neat gadgets, stealth gameplay, a lot of classic villains, and a darker toned Batman dominated the playing field. Some of us wished they could have just made an entire game out of the Scarecrow sequences.
Batman: Arkham City was more of what the gamers wanted out of the series, including a more open world to explore, and apparently no super-Joker that time, much to several gamers‘ relief.
Now we’re getting Batman: Arkham Origins, but from a new developer. Warner Bros. Games Montreal has replaced Rocksteady, the team behind the last two. Don’t start thinking they’re going to change the way it looks, though, as they’re still planning to use the customized Unreal Engine. Eric Holmes is heading up the production, and fans of Prototype and The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction should know his work.
According to IGN, the Batman villain Deathstroke is being added to the usual roster of bad guys in his Arkham debut. The story is as Game Informer explains, “[T]he game takes place years before both of the previous Arkham titles when a young, unrefined Batman encounters many supervillains for the first time.”
Warner Bros. has also announced a mobile follow-up for PlayStation Vita and 3DS, called Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate due on October 25 and set after the events of the game for the consoles. It is being developed by Metroid Prime trilogy team Armature Studio as is being called a 2.5-D action exploration title.
Batman: Arkham Origins is being planned similarly for an October 25 release on the current consoles, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U and PC, with no mention of the next generation consoles.
Are you excited about the release of the new Batman: Arkham Origins and Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate?