BATMAN: ARKHAM ORIGINS Games (Plural) & Surprise Villain
by Lucas Siegel, Newsarama Editor
Date: 09 April 2013 Time: 11:26 AM ET
Game Informer today that the next Batman game goes back to the beginning. With Batman: Arkham Origins, the award-winning game series continues, this time set in the past with a younger Batman encountering various foes for the first time. The cover to Game Informer also reveals a villain entering the game series for the first time, Deathstroke, the lethal assassin commonly associated with Green Arrow and the Teen Titans (who has appeared on both the latter's cartoon and the former's current live-action series). Deathstroke leads "eight of the best assassins in the world" in an attack on the new vigilante Batman on Christmas Eve, as revealed in the first trailer.
The game is developed not by original developer Rocksteady Studios but by WBIE's own Warner Bros. Games Montreal, though they are still using the modified Unreal engine developed for the first two games in the series. Eric Holmes is creative director, and is no stranger to comics, having written a Transformers miniseries for IDW and worked on The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction and Prototype games. Simultaneous to the console release of Batman: Arkham Origins on PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U, and PC (and presumably next-gen consoles upon their release), a separate game, Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate will come out for 3DS and Vita portable consoles. The game, developed by Amature Studio, takes place directly after the console game, and is said to be in a "2.5-D Metroid-style exploration action" format by GI. The first trailer for Batman: Arkham Origins and Game Informer's coverage follows.