Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment have announced two new Batman games, Batman: Arkham Origins and Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate. Batman: Arkham Origins will be available for the Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U and Windows PC. Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate will be available for the Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation Vita. Before anyone ask, no worried yet on whether this title will be released for next-gen consoles. Of particular note is the fact that this game is the first game in the franchise not to be developed by Rocksteady, instead WB Games Montreal gets the nod. Not to worry though as indications are that Rocksteady is in fact hard at work on the follow-up to Arkham City. If that truly is the case then there definitely has to be some concern that if this game doesn’t deliver on the quality that gamers will expect it could hurt the franchise overall. If that happened then most people would chop it up to it not being a Rocksteady game while others would just see a subpar game. It’s a big risk but it’s a risk that they are obviously willing to take.
Developed by WB Games Montréal, 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. As the story unfolds, players will meet many important characters for the first time and forge key relationships.
Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate is a 2.5-D game developed by Armature Studio that brings the Batman Arkham experience for the first time to Nintendo and Sony handheld systems. A companion game to Batman: Arkham Origins, players can continue the storyline of the console version and discover more details of the Dark Knight’s past.
Both titles are scheduled to release worldwide Oct. 25, 2013.