Warner Bros. has announced Batman: Arkham Origins for the PC, PlayStation 3, Wii U and Xbox 360. Next-generation consoles were not mentioned.
Origins is the next game in the Arkham series, and follows the release of Arkham Asylum and Arkham City.
Developed by WB Games Montreal, Batman: Arkham Origins features an expanded Gotham City and introduces an original prequel storyline set several years before the events of Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City. Taking place before the rise of Gotham City’s most dangerous criminals, the game showcases a young and unrefined Batman as he faces a defining moment in his early career as a crime fighter that sets his path to becoming the Dark Knight. Eight assassin’s come together to Gotham City on Christmas Eve to kill Batman. As the story unfolds, players will meet many important characters for the first time and forge key relationships.
Also in development is a Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation Vita spin-off called Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate. Both Arkham Origins and Blackgate will launch on 25th October 2013.
Blackgate, a 2.5D Metroid-style game, takes place after the events of Arkham Origins and is in development at Armature Studio, the company founded by several of the people behind the Metroid Prime Trilogy at Retro.
Former Arkham series director Sefton Hill told that the developer believes in the new team. “Rocksteady is excited to see WB Games Montreal developing the prequel to the Batman Arkham franchise”, he said. “We are confident this talented team will craft a fantastic experience, bringing the origins of the Arkhamverse to life”.
Further details have emerged about Batman: Arkham Origins. Notably that its main antagonist is Black Mask, who orchestrates a city-wide manhunt for Batman among Gotham’s outlaw population.
The game world will be approximately twice as big as it was in Arkham City. The north half of Origins’ map will be similar to the setting of Arkham City, although it won’t have giant prison walls surrounding it and Amusement Mile won’t be flooded.The south half of the map will be New Gotham, which is described as a classier part of town with more skyscrapers. Given the larger setting, players will be able to move about faster thanks to the Batwing offering a mode of fast travel. Players will need to dismantle hacked towers that emit jamming signals though before they can fly to certain regions.
Source: Game Informer