After months of nebulous rumors and business chatter, the next game in the Batman: Arkham series has been announced for the Sony PlayStation 3, Microsoft Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii U, and PC. Serving as a prequel to the original Arkham Asylum, Batman: Arkham Origins turns the story back to a point earlier in Batman's life. Prepare for a Christmas Eve attack of eight villains out to kill the Dark Knight. Game Informer has the news.
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.
This doesn't appear to be that Silver Age Batman title that people were discussing last year. In addition to the home console title, there's a handheld companion game for the Nintendo 3DS and Sony PlayStation Vita entitled Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate that continues the story from the actual Arkham Origins game. This title is a 2.5D Metroid-style adventure from Armature Studio (boy, they sure get around). There's lots of potential here. Normally I'm concerned when a franchise decides to step back and start cranking out prequels as it means that the main story has run out of creative juice (and the subtitle Origins is way, way overused this gaming generation), but superhero franchises can usually make this kind of thing work. I just hope that these new developers playing in Batman's world can do the franchise justice. We'll find out when the games release on October 25, 2013.