Yep, we're getting a new Batman game this year. No, it isn't being prepped by Rocksteady but we have confidence in the new internal Warner Bros. team.
More information for Batman: Arkham Origins has been steadily coming to light, thanks in part to a recent interviews with Game Informer and GamesMaster. Leviathyn summed up the highlights, if you're interested.
First, DC Comics Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns addressed the atmosphere and tone that we can expect in this prequel:
"It’s called Arkham Origins and it really is the introduction of what Arkham means. Arkham evokes a sense of insanity and chaos embodied in the twisted minds and colorful villains of the Batman universe. That had to start somewhere. This is really more about Batman’s initiation into that insane world, where my book’s more about Batman as a vigilante and really deciding which path to go down."
So in other words, we can expect a darker, more chaotic production…? Certainly sounds like it. Then Warner Bros. Interactive senior producer Ben Mattes talked about a few features that didn't make the grade. One was a dynamic weather system generated by a snowstorm in Gotham. It was supposed to affect combat in some capacity, but Mattes said it "sucked" so they got rid of it. Another axed feature was a drone-type enemy that followed Batman around while in Predator mode. But the team passed because they didn't want the player to be on the defensive in that mode.
Interestingly, they seem to be putting a lot of emphasis on the boss battles. Each boss encounter is unique in Arkham Origins , which is good news as critics of past entries have pointed toward a few uninspired boss fights. Lastly, they say they've "made the coolest version of Deathstroke," which should appeal to the hardcore fans.
The new Batman effort is set to release on October 25 for PS3, 360, Wii U and PC. And don't forget that there will be a separate portable iteration that launches on the same day; Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate will hit the Vita and 3DS. Gonna play both games…?
Related Game(s): Batman: Arkham Origins