Wii U Version of Batman: Arkham Origins Cheaper Than Its Counterparts

Gamers who pick up Arkham Origins on Wii U will be spending $10 less, but will also be missing out on the game’s multiplayer mode.

By Kevin Knezevic. Posted 09/27/2013 13:00 3 Comments     ShareThis

Many Nintendo fans were rightfully upset when news broke that the Wii U version of Batman: Arkham Origins, the upcoming prequel to the popular Batman: Arkham games, will lack the multiplayer mode of its PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 counterparts. Fortunately, it will also be slightly cheaper than either of those versions, as Warner Bros. has confirmed the game will retail for $10 less on Wii U than on other consoles.

Unlike previous installments in the series, Batman: Arkham Origins is being developed by Warner Bros. Games Montreal, the team behind last year’s Wii U port of Batman: Arkham City. Origins also features a separate multiplayer mode developed by Splash Damage. According to a representative from Warner Bros. Interactive, the reason the Wii U version will be missing out on this mode is because the team is “focusing development efforts on platforms with the largest multiplayer audience.”

Will the $10 difference be enough to compensate for the lack of multiplayer? Let us know what you think in the comments.

Source: Kotaku

3 Responses to “Wii U Version of Batman: Arkham Origins Cheaper Than Its Counterparts”

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    penduin says...

    Works for me (I never care about online modes in games like these), but their logic is asinine. “There isn’t much online Wii U gaming, so let’s put no effort into online Wii U gaming”. These studios have nobody but themselves to blame.

    What I would like to see is a paid download. Sell the $50 game, and additionally offer a $10 online mode. Let individuals decide this stuff, not current platform statistics.

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    decoupage says...

    I agree with Penduin and disagree. For one I probably won’t use a non-1st person perspective multiplayer mode; however multiplayer on consoles might die if it is given as an option (save FPS).
    That said, if you take away a feature for a version, but discount the price, you are better than just discounting the version and I will consider the version.

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      penduin says...

      That’s certainly possible. To my knowledge, there’s been very little experimentation in selling optional multiplayer modes, so it’s hard to say what would or wouldn’t be well-received. I suppose this would have been such an experiment, but the platform split makes it meaningless.

      Maybe a separate purchase isn’t a great idea; maybe people would be more receptive to a $60 “online edition” or some such. …Or maybe I’m just living in a dream world where I could go back to paying $50 for games. ;^)

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