When it comes to the voice of Batman, there’s only one true Dark Knight vocalizer, and that is the great Kevin Conroy. He’s given utterance to Gotham’s greatest protector throughout the 90’s animated series, the subsequent animated movies, and video games. The latter of which, Batman: Arkham Asylum, has been heralded by critics and fans alike as the greatest of all the Batman games, if not the best super hero video games of all time. Speaking of which, there’s been a lot of hullabaloo over the latest installment.
Developed by Warner Bros. Games Montreal, Batman: Arkham Origins features an expanded Gotham City and introduces an original prequel storyline occurring several years before the events of Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City. Fans are miffed for a few reasons.
1. Prequel smequel – too many cliche origin stories now. Everyone was hoping for a Batman Beyond Arkham Asylum or something.
2. Mark Hamill will not reprise his role of the Joke.
3. Batman writer and lead collaborator Paul Dini will have no involvement this time around.
4. The game is produced/developed by Warner Bros. Games, not it’s previous creators Rocksteady Studios.
Basically, fans fear this be a poorly produced game – nothing but a quick cash grab banking on the success of the previous installments.
Well, the nay-Sayers may have a reason to feel a little better. Kevin Conroy confirmed this weekend at Dallas Comic-Con that he will return as Batman. Why? BECAUSE HE’S BATMAN. Alright, so the voice of Batman is back; interest level has jumped a little. Regardless, there’s still a large worry that this game will not live up to it’s predecessors.
Batman: Arkham Origins will be available for the Wii U, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC on October 25, 2013.