Batman Arkham Origins Announced
Game Informer today announced details on the upcoming entry in the Batman: Arkham series. Headed up this time by Warner Brothers Montreal instead of Rocksteady, Arkham Origins takes the prequel route, showing us a younger, less experienced Bruce Wayne attempting to find his heroic footing.
The game is built upon the modified Unreal engine used by Rocksteady prior, WB Montreal promises an experience faithful to the critically acclaimed games that came before it, albeit the art direction seems to be a bit more grounded, if the revealed art is any indicator.
Not much is known about the premise so far, but the back cover of the May issue of Game Informer reveals that DC villain Deathstroke (or Slade for those familiar with the animated series Teen Titans) will factor in somehow, which is an interesting antagonist to throw at our young hero.
The production is being headed by creative director Eric Holmes of Radical Entertainment fame (Prototype, Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction), who has quite the resume of superhero games.
On top of that, it was announced that there will be a tie-in game for the Nintendo 3DS and Vita, titled Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate, a 2D style action-adventure game in the much-loved “Metroidvania” genre. The game takes place after the events of the console game proper, and is being handled by Armature Studios, formed by former Retro Studios members (Metroid Prime).
Batman: Arkham Origins releases on October 23, 2013 on PlayStation 3, XBOX 360, Nintendo Wii U, and PC