Batman must have met all of the lunatics he has had to stop over the years at some point, which will essentially be the subject of the newly announced Batman: Arkham Origins. The third game in the Batman: Arkham series will serve as a prequel and is currently in development, but not by Rocksteady Studios, as were the first two games; this time Warner Bros. Montreal is at the helm.
Despite a new development team, Origins will still use the familiar Unreal engine from its predecessors. You can probably expect more changes to the gameplay as this game will feature a younger and much less experienced Batman meeting many of the series’ adversaries for the first time, such as Deathstroke, as is evident from the cover for the next issue of Game Informer. The story has been set up to revolve around eight assassins teaming up on Christmas Eve to kill the Batman. Unfortunately for them, he is Batman.
One of the most interesting aspects of the game will be that this is the first entry in the series that allows you to roam the streets of Gotham City, immersing you in a fully functional city, not necessarily an vacated one teeming with thugs in Arkham City. As a result, you can probably expect more citizen interaction getting an even greater feel of being Gotham’s caped crusader, gliding through the knight, saving peoples’ lives, kicking ass, and taking names.
Batman: Arkham Origins is due to be released on October 25th, 2013 for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, and Wii U. Simultaneously, the PlayStation Vita and Nintendo 3DS will be receiving the Batman treatment as well with their own Metroid-style 2.5-D side-scrolling action-adventure called Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate. The story is set to take place after the events of Origins. Blackgate is being developed separately by Armature Studio, that was formed by 3 key developers of the Metroid Prime Trilogy, so here’s to hoping this will end up another great addition to the series.
We will continue providing coverage as more details are unveiled.
Below you can find a trailer with Game Informer speaking to a few of the creators about what will be included in Batman: Arkham Origins this Fall.