All those rumors about the next installment in the Batman: Arkham Asylum/City game franchise have come true. Announced today, Batman: Arkham Origins from Warner Bros. Games Montreal, will be released on October 25th for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii U and PC. The announcement video, which you can watch below, comes from Game Informer who will also feature the game in their May issue with complete, in depth coverage on what we can expect from this Arkham prequel.
More info, plus a look a the front and back cover of Game Informer featuring Bats and Deathstroke, below the cut.
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By now you may have noticed this game isn’t coming from Rocksteady, the studio who developed both Asylum and City. WB Montreal has been given access to all of Rocksteady’s code so hopefully things won’t be noticeably, radically different. And it’s clear from the video they’re very aware of the legacy their stepping in to. Both Asylum and City were major awarding-winning games, loved by critics and gamers alike. No pressure, WB Montreal.
It’s also interesting to note that while the game’s called Batman: Arkham Origins, it’s not the origin of Batman or Arkham Asylum, but rather the first night Batman confronts eight of his classic villains. The game will take place all in an one evening, the same timespan as Arkham and City, but this night will be Christmas Eve. Origins will also be the first game of this franchise to take place in Gotham proper. City brought us into, well, the city, but it was a city twisted through Hugo Strange, Penguin, The Joker and more.
I’m excited to play as a younger, less experienced Batman, and I’m excited for the Christmas Eve in Gotham setting. I’m not so excited about Rocksteady being out of the picture, but I’ll have to reserve that judgement for the game’s release. Also, noticeably lacking from this announcement is whether or not franchise favorite Kevin Conroy will return. We’ve heard Paul Dini and Mark Hamill likely won’t return – a tragedy, I know – but I couldn’t imagine playing Bats with any other voice than Conroy’s.
What are you bastards thinking? Excitement? Concern? Don’t care because you haven’t completed every side mission or DLC the first two games had to offer?