Given the critical and commercial success of Batman: Arkham Asylum and its followup, Batman: Arkham City, it was only a matter of time before Warner Bros. announced a third game in the burgeoning Arkham series. As it turns out, the announcement came in the latest issue of Game Informer, which revealed the first details of Batman: Arkham Origins, the next open-world Batman title coming to Wii U, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC later this year.
Unlike previous Arkham games, Arkham Origins is not being developed by Rocksteady, but by WB Montreal, the studio behind the Wii U port of Batman: Akrham City. According to the magazine, WB Montreal will be using Rocksteady’s customized Unreal engine to develop the game.
Arkham Origins, as its name implies, is a prequel of sorts to the previous Arkham games, giving players control of a less-experienced Batman as he comes face-to-face with many of his most iconic adversaries. The main antagonist this time around will be Black Mask, who brings together eight assassins (including Deathstroke, who was featured prominently on the magazine’s back cover) to hunt down the Dark Knight. According to WB Montreal, the game world will be roughly twice as large as the one in Arkahm City, and will feature new gadgets and side missions to take on.
3DS and PlayStation Vita will also be getting their own Arkham Origins spin-off titled Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate, a 2.5D sidescrolling game developed by Armature Studio, the new studio founded by several former Metroid Prime developers. Blackgate is slated for release on October 25.
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