Developer : Warner Bros. Games Montreal | Publisher : Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment | Platforms : PC, PS3, Wii U, Xbox360
Release date : 25 October 2013
Warner Bros. Games Montreal has taken the mantle of the bat from Rocksteady Studios this time around for Batman: Arkham Origins. WB Montreal has full access to Rocksteady's custom modified Unreal engine to capture the look and feel of the Arkhamverse. As the title suggests, the game takes place years before both of the previous Arkham titles when a young, unrefined Batman encounters many supervillains for the first time. On our full cover image below, fans will recognize the assassin Deathstroke, who appears for the very first time in a core Arkham game.
Heading up the vision for Arkham Origins is creative director Eric Holmes, known for being the lead designer of open world action hits The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction and Prototype. A self-professed lover of comics, Holmes even wrote the miniseries Transformers: Megatron Origin for IDW.
Gamers won't have to wait long to experience Batman's lastest adventure. Batman: Arkham Origins releases October 25, 2013 on Wii U, Playstation 3, Xbox 360, and PC.
But that's not all. We also have a feature on the first handheld Arkham game, Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate. Releasing on 3DS and Vita the same day as the home console version, Blackgate is a completely separate experience that takes place after the events of Arkham Origins. Armature Studio is developing the 2.5-D Metroid-style exploration action game. Industry followers will recognize Armature Studio as the company founded by several of the leads from the Metroid Prime trilogy.
StoryThe events of Arkham Origins are set several years before Batman: Arkham Asylum. Batman is an experienced crime-fighter, but has not yet become the veteran superhero portrayed in Arkham Asylum and Arkham City. He has battled with criminal foes such as gangsters and robbers, but as a snowy Christmas Eve falls in Gotham City he is confronted with far more dangerous enemies: super villains tasked with killing Batman. Batman has to uncover why the villain Black Mask has put a bounty on his head, and convince a more hostile and untrusting Captain James Gordon and the Gotham City Police Department that he is their ally. Arkham Origins will feature the debut of the assassin Deathstroke, Alberto Falcone, and the return of the Penguin from Arkham City. Old Gotham, the segment of Gotham City which will become the Arkham City prison, is not yet walled off or ravaged by flood, and contains a large shopping mall, and docks where Penguin's ship The Final Offer is stationed. Across the bridge from Old Gotham is New Gotham, a mass of towering skyscrapers.
GameplayArkham Origins will feature similar gameplay to its predecessors. The Remote Claw is a new gadget which allows Batman to target two objects and pull them together allowing him to knock enemies together or hit them with objects. The game introduces a fast travel system, allowing Batman to remotely summon his plane, the Batwing, to transport him to other areas of the game. Enemy tower installations prevent Batman summoning the craft in some areas and must be first disabled using various gadgets and abilities to make the Batwing available: the Batwing is not player controlled.
Arkham Origins offers side missions including: "Crime in Progress", where Batman can assist the Gotham City Police Department (GCPD) to improve his reputation; "Most Wanted" allows Batman to pursue villains outside of the main story. The Dark Knight system offers tasks of escalating difficulty that promote improvement in stealth and combat. Completing side missions is rewarded with experience points and upgrades to Batman's equipment. The game features an emphasis on Batman's detective skills: Batman can scan a crime scene using his detective vision to highlight points of interest and holograms act out theoretical scenarios of the crime that occurred. The crimes can be reviewed on the Batcomputer in the Batcave at will, allowing the player to view the scene from different angles, and view the scene in slow motion or pause it while looking for clues to advance and solve the crime.