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#1 Edited by Seb (361 posts) -

Out October 25th, WB Games Montreal developed. Separate Vita/3DS game also coming.

Batman Arkham Origins has just been announced for PC, Wii U, PS3 and Xbox 360! Set several years before the previous chapters in the series, the story will put you in the shoes of a younger Batman. Players will meet many of the franchise’s most important characters for the first time and even develop important relationships with them.

Alongside the main game, a spinoff title called Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate will be available for 3DS and Vita platforms. Both games will be available on October 25th of this year,00 and will be developed by WB Games Montreal, rather than series creator Rocksteady. Stay tuned to Gamefocus for more details on the game!

Via Gamefocus

#2 Posted by RazielCuts (2955 posts) -

developed by WB Games Montreal, rather than series creator Rocksteady.

Hmm, not sure how I feel about that. With no track record apparently the studio is lead by Martin Tremblay according to the wiki, who worked on Arkham City but it doesn't say in what role. We shall see.

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#3 Posted by altairre (1192 posts) -

A prequel that is not developed by Rockstady? I just hope that they don't drag out the "my parents are dead" stuff too much.

#4 Posted by MariachiMacabre (7096 posts) -

Yeah I'm not sure how confident I am in an Arkham game that's not developed by Rocksteady. I'll count myself in the "Wait and see" group.

#5 Posted by OfficeGamer (1087 posts) -

@altairre said:

A prequel that is not developed by Rockstady

Yes... A prequel, not developed by Rocksteady.

Until launch day I have no interest in this.

#6 Posted by MildMolasses (3221 posts) -

Now I only care about knowing what Rocksteady is doing? More Batman is nice, but something else would be even better

#7 Posted by BeachThunder (11950 posts) -

This just made me realise how overused the word 'origins' is...

#8 Posted by Eidderf (506 posts) -

According to Game Informer, where all this information is coming from it seems, the handheld 2.5D batman game is being developed by Armature Studios who was created by the founders of Retro Studios. A Batman Metroid games by those games sounds pretty promising, I mean the Arkham games have always been quite Metroidy as it is.

The article on the Game Informer website has a few more details on origins, like it will be taking place around Christmas it seems and actually be set in Gotham, there's a short video of them talking about it.

#9 Edited by probablytuna (3667 posts) -

Not by Rocksteady? Hmm, I'll wait for reviews.

#10 Posted by altairre (1192 posts) -

This just made me realise how overused the word 'origins' is...

It was a real revelation wasn't it?

#11 Edited by Rafaelfc (1348 posts) -

I'm cautiously optimistic.

Also, handheld batman? i'm interested!

#12 Posted by Wheady (106 posts) -

my guess is that this will still be good (the tech is already there), but it wont try much else thats new. might just play it safe and stick to the same formula to try and cash in before the next generation hits.

#13 Posted by Bourbon_Warrior (4523 posts) -

Hand held batman sounds awesome, I used to love Batman on the NES

#14 Posted by ThePhantomStranger (371 posts) -

Hand held game sounds way more interesting. Also is anyone else jumping the gun in assuming that Rocksteady is probably just working on next gen Batman and that the whole franchise is going to become annual or am I alone in my cynicism?

#15 Edited by BisonHero (6532 posts) -

@altairre said:

@beachthunder said:

This just made me realise how overused the word 'origins' is...

It was a real revelation wasn't it?

I'm sure it unleashed a storm within his mind.

#16 Posted by mrfluke (5160 posts) -

@eidderf said:

According to Game Informer, where all this information is coming from it seems, the handheld 2.5D batman game is being developed by Armature Studios who was created by the founders of Retro Studios. A Batman Metroid games by those games sounds pretty promising, I mean the Arkham games have always been quite Metroidy as it is.

The article on the Game Informer website has a few more details on origins, like it will be taking place around Christmas it seems and actually be set in Gotham, there's a short video of them talking about it.

Armature studios? huh go figure.

(i say this because theres news today that they were working on a 1st person mega man game)

https://www.giantbomb.com/mega-man/3025-523/forums/ex-retro-studios-devs-were-working-on-a-mega-man-g-1431983/#3

#17 Posted by MentalDisruption (1637 posts) -

Definitely going to approach this with caution. No rocksteady makes me wonder how this will turn out.

#18 Edited by mellotronrules (1192 posts) -

i like those arkham games. but i have zero interest in a third.

#19 Posted by Kidable (127 posts) -

I will probably pick this up due to Deathstroke alone. His whole role in Teen Titans was awesome (he was known as Slade in TT, I guess having the word 'Death' in a children's show was going a bit too H.A.M.) Plus he looks awesome on that cover.

#20 Edited by mosdl (3228 posts) -

@eidderf said:

According to Game Informer, where all this information is coming from it seems, the handheld 2.5D batman game is being developed by Armature Studios who was created by the founders of Retro Studios. A Batman Metroid games by those games sounds pretty promising, I mean the Arkham games have always been quite Metroidy as it is.

The article on the Game Informer website has a few more details on origins, like it will be taking place around Christmas it seems and actually be set in Gotham, there's a short video of them talking about it.

Why not release the 2.5D game as a downloadable for consoles/pc? I miss Shadow Complex

#21 Edited by 49th (2758 posts) -

Awesome, I love the Arkham games. Hopefully this other team can make them just as well.

#22 Edited by Veektarius (4841 posts) -

As sick as I am of prequels to prolong game series, Batman's origins are always fun, and I'd enjoy playing out the learning process. If well done, it could be the best of the series, with the acquisition of new tech and moves tied to story beats rather than arbitrary unlocks. I am surprised that Rocksteady would give up the opportunity to do it themselves.

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#23 Posted by BaneFireLord (2935 posts) -

Not Rocksteady and being dumped into the marketplace just before the new consoles launch without next-gen ports? Yeah, this whole thing absolutely reeks of a half-assed cashgrab. Which makes me sad, since Arkham Asylum is one of my favorite games of all time.

#24 Posted by AngelN7 (2970 posts) -

What happened with the "retro" Batman game then? so instead of cheesy silver-age Batman we're getting a prequel huh?... I don't know how to feel about this so lets just wait and see.

#25 Edited by stryker1121 (1452 posts) -

Hand held game sounds way more interesting. Also is anyone else jumping the gun in assuming that Rocksteady is probably just working on next gen Batman and that the whole franchise is going to become annual or am I alone in my cynicism?

Was gonna post the exact comment about the handheld.

GameSpot reports that Rocksteady is still working on the Silver-Age Bats game..http://www.gamespot.com/news/batman-arkham-origins-launching-october-25-640663

Origins can be OK but it smells of a pre-next gen cash-in like the recent Gears and God of War Games.

#26 Posted by donfonzie (206 posts) -

@angeln7 said:

What happened with the "retro" Batman game then? so instead of cheesy silver-age Batman we're getting a prequel huh?... I don't know how to feel about this so lets just wait and see.

I was thinking the same thing. I guess this is from another team and Rocksteady is still working on the silver age Batman game.

#27 Posted by casper_ (903 posts) -

go ahead and take a break, batman.

#28 Posted by Forcen (1829 posts) -

Kind of related: What is up with the wiki text for Deathstroke? Is this some fun inside joke that i should delete or is DC way weirder then i know?

#29 Posted by Brodehouse (9951 posts) -

I know this is crazy but I hope they peel back from Arkham City. There was just too much shit going on in that thing. Asylum was this compact thing full of variety, I always knew what I was doing and usually where I should go. City was just overwhelming. I probably spent more time in the combat challenges than in the story mode just because the combat remains excellent.

#30 Posted by Voxus (336 posts) -

This title could only be better with 'Revelations' in it.

#31 Edited by Marokai (2981 posts) -

@0blivion said:

This title could only be better with 'Revelations' in it.

As well as "Judgment" or "Storm."

#32 Posted by panvixyl (325 posts) -

@marokai said:

@0blivion said:

This title could only be better with 'Revelations' in it.

As well as "Judgment" or "Storm."

Batman: Arkham Origins, Revelations (Storm of Judgement)

#33 Edited by ShadowKnight508 (659 posts) -

Until I hear more about this, I will be cautiously excited about this game. At least it has Deathstroke in it (as seen on back of GameInformer's magazine cover below):

#34 Edited by JasonR86 (9710 posts) -

October is a little late for a new current generation game.

#35 Edited by Ramone (2967 posts) -

@bourbon_warrior said:

Hand held batman sounds awesome, I used to love Batman on the NES

Your avatar reminded me that Shepard actually exists in real life. Fuck you for doing that, now I won't be able to sleep.

#36 Posted by TheHT (11292 posts) -

OK, let's go. I started Arkham City a few months ago and still play it often. Can't get enough of that combat/predator stuff.

If it's a step back I won't get this, but if it's more of the same I probably will.

#37 Posted by Voxus (336 posts) -

@panvixyl said:

@marokai said:

@0blivion said:

This title could only be better with 'Revelations' in it.

As well as "Judgment" or "Storm."

Batman: Arkham Origins, Revelations (Storm of Judgement)

I would play the fuck out of this game.

#38 Edited by Yummylee (21667 posts) -
@0blivion said:

@panvixyl said:

@marokai said:

@0blivion said:

This title could only be better with 'Revelations' in it.

As well as "Judgment" or "Storm."

Batman: Arkham Origins, Revelations (Storm of Judgement)

I would play the fuck out of this game.

Then boy howdy are you going to want to buy Batman: Arkham Origins - Revelations (Storms of Judgment): Reckoning Edition.

Anywhoo I only fairly recently completed Arkham City, and I bloody loooooved it. Was such a consistently superb experience from top to bottom; well, the Catwoman segments were pretty lame. I even went out of my way to collect and solve every riddler trophy, and it's always been quite the rarity for me to actually attempt to collect all the things! in a game.

Even if this'll be just another Arkham game, if it can still manage to hit the same strides that City did, then I'll be all for it.

#39 Edited by ThomasG666 (154 posts) -

Nice!Have to start playing Arkham City.Loved the first one!

#40 Edited by MedalOfMode (294 posts) -

Now there is Gotham City I hope.

#41 Posted by Hunter5024 (5688 posts) -

Tonally speaking this looks pretty dull. I was hoping for something of a shift after Arkham City and that Silver Age prequel sounded much more interesting to me. The fact that this isn't made by Rocksteady is probably what's most exciting about this to me because it means that hopefully they'll be willing to go in a different direction (or at least rein in everything from City to make an experience closer to the original), while Rocksteady can go make something completely different like a Superman or Justice League game or something.

#42 Posted by Shaka999 (480 posts) -

@eidderf said:

According to Game Informer, where all this information is coming from it seems, the handheld 2.5D batman game is being developed by Armature Studios who was created by the founders of Retro Studios. A Batman Metroid games by those games sounds pretty promising, I mean the Arkham games have always been quite Metroidy as it is.

The article on the Game Informer website has a few more details on origins, like it will be taking place around Christmas it seems and actually be set in Gotham, there's a short video of them talking about it.

I had no interest in the handheld til I read this. Got my attention at the very least.

#43 Edited by Sparky_Buzzsaw (6199 posts) -

...because we all know how great prequels and origin stories are.

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#44 Posted by Yummylee (21667 posts) -

...because we all know how great prequels and origin stories are.

If MGS3, DMC3, Deus Ex Human Revolution, Fear Effect 2, Resident Evil 0 ect. have anything to say about it, it's that prequels can be pretty awesome.

#45 Edited by TheHT (11292 posts) -

...because we all know how great prequels and origin stories are.

A good story is a good story, doesn't matter if it's a prequel or an origin story.

#46 Edited by OllyOxenFree (4973 posts) -

Now I only care about knowing what Rocksteady is doing? More Batman is nice, but something else would be even better

They are making my dream Spider-man game. :(

#47 Posted by Sparky_Buzzsaw (6199 posts) -

@yummylee said:
@sparky_buzzsaw said:

...because we all know how great prequels and origin stories are.

If MGS3, DMC3, Deus Ex Human Revolution, Fear Effect 2, Resident Evil 0 ect. have anything to say about it, it's that prequels can be pretty awesome.

Damn, you've got me there.

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#48 Posted by PillClinton (3291 posts) -

So Rocksteady's busy developing next gen Batman then. B-team gets prequel duty. Yup, sounds about right.

#49 Posted by ImmortalSaiyan (4679 posts) -

@yummylee said:
@sparky_buzzsaw said:

...because we all know how great prequels and origin stories are.

If MGS3, DMC3, Deus Ex Human Revolution, Fear Effect 2, Resident Evil 0 ect. have anything to say about it, it's that prequels can be pretty awesome.

Don't forget Crisis Core: Final Fantasy 7.

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#50 Posted by WinterSnowblind (7617 posts) -

Don't forget Crisis Core: Final Fantasy 7.

One word: Gackt.

I would have been far more interested in that silver age game that was rumoured. Making this a prequel seems like a feeble attempt to disregard the events that were set up/established in the last games and giving it to new developers seems like it could end very badly.

I am happy that Rocksteady have (presumably) moved onto something else though. Hopefully that TMNT game that was rumoured.