As expected, and long rumored, WB Games has announced the next entry in the Batman Arkham video game series. Titled Batman: Arkham Origins, the next entry in the rather successful Batman video game franchise will take us on an early adventure in the Dark Knight’s career, not so much that he was still wet behind the ears but had yet to meet some of his soon to be lifelong enemies.
The biggest question on the minds of gamers may be whether or not Rocksteady will be developing Arkham Origins and what sort of tone it’ll have. Previous rumors pointed to a new developer taking on the franchise, and it turns out those rumors are true since WB Games Montreal have taken over the franchise - for now at least.
There could seem to be a bit of Batman franchise contradiction going on given the prequel status of the game, but Arkham Origins isn’t the long rumored silver age game that Rocksteady has reportedly been working on. Staying true to the rather mature and dark vibe the series has been known to feature, Arkham Origins looks to retain the gritty, perhaps overly done so, aesthetic of the series as evident by the Batman vs. Deathstroke art on the newest cover of Game Informer.
A few scant details on Arkham Origins were shared in a Game Informer video with the team at WB Montreal. Besides taking us to an earlier point in Batman's history, Akrham Origins will be set in Gotham City on Christmas Eve as eight assassins try to kill Batman once and for all. Marking the first time the series is literally set in Gotham as opposed to an area overrun by criminals, I think the expectations for Akrham Origins will be monumentally high.
Additional details on Arkham Origins will have to wait until the new issue of Game Informer hits subscribers, which ought to be in a few days, but a surprise announcement was made: a new Batman spin-off is headed to the PlayStation Vita and Nintendo 3DS. Titled Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate, WB Games Montreal will also be overseeing Batman’s debut in the handheld arena.
Whether or not Blackgate will be a slightly spruced up port of the core PS3/Xbox 360 game is unknown since WB Games has yet to share any details on the project as of now. As a fan of Batman I’m excited for possibly exploring another aspect of the Dark Knight on my Vita, but I just hope WB Games has higher standard for their Vita/3DS games compared to what they delivered in Spy Hunter last year.
In some sense it could be disappointing that Batman is receiving the prequel treatment since such things haven’t resulted in good entries for the God of War and Gears of War franchises, but there are a lot of things we don’t know about Arkham Origins right now. Slated to arrive on the PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U, and PC on October 25th, the lack of a next-gen Batman may be perceived as disappointing. Though true Batman fans ought to realize that Rocksteady has to be up to something and we’ll presumably see a next-gen Batman/Justice League game in the next two years.
More details on Batman: Arkham Origins will be released in the coming days so stay tuned to Shogun Gamer for all the latest news.