Rumor has it that Rocksteady‘s next DC Comics video game adaptation will be titled Batman Arkham Origins and that it will be released sometime during the 3rd Quarter of 2013 on Sony and Microsoft‘s next-gen consoles. Oh, and it won’t be a sequel; instead, Batman: Arkham Origins will be a prequel inspired by the Silver Age of comics, which ran from the mid-1950s to around 1970. Footage is expected to debut at the annual video game convention E3 in June.
The rumor originates from French site Gameblog , which says it was tipped off about the game by unnamed industry sources. So, take it with a grain of salt. Furthermore, this rumor conflicts with an earlier report stating that an Arkham City sequel NOT a prequel would be released in 2013 and that the Rocksteady Silver Age game wouldn’t be released until 2014 at the earliest. I guess we will find out at E3, or until someone from Rocksteady denies the report, but with retro Batman mania inspiring both Mattel’s new Batman 66′ toy line and DC recently announcing that they will do a digital first Batman 66′ comic, a prequel game might make some synergistic sense, even if it wasn’t — like the toys and the comic — a direct homage to the old Adam West TV series.
With that said, some fans probably do NOT enjoy the idea of a prequel taking place for the next game. They want to see some continuation from where Arkham City left off despite the fact that Arkham Asylum and Arkham City writer Paul Dini won’t be returning to pen the next Batman game and Mark Hamill won’t be back in his iconic role as the voice of the Joker. A crying shame and two massive absences that this next game will have to account for.
I, for one, do not care what the next Batman game is about, I just want another fucking Rocksteady Batman Game!