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Batman: Arkham Origins

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Warner Bros. Games Montreal has taken the mantle of the bat from Rocksteady Studios this time around for Batman: Arkham Origins. WB Montreal has full access to Rocksteady's custom modified Unreal engine to capture the look and feel of the Arkhamverse. As the title suggests, the game takes place years before both of the previous Arkham titles when a young, unrefined Batman encounters many supervillains for the first time.


On our full cover image below, fans will recognize the assassin Deathstroke, who appears for the very first time in a core Arkham game.
Heading up the vision for Arkham Origins is creative director Eric Holmes, known for being the lead designer of open world action hits The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction and Prototype. A self-professed lover of comics, Holmes even wrote the miniseries Transformers: Megatron Origin for IDW.
Gamers won't have to wait long to experience Batman's lastest adventure. Batman: Arkham Origins releases October 25, 2013 on Wii U, Playstation 3, Xbox 360, and PC.
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- Not an Origin story of Batman or Arkham
- Sets on Gotham
- Story happens in a course of a single evening, Christmas Eve.
- Batman will meet some characters for the 1st time.
- Best Assasins around the world have been hired to murder Batman.

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Story

- Takes place on Christmas Eve
- Years before the previous two games
- Mob boss Black Mask will give a fortune for Batman’s head
- Top assassins and supervillains from the DC Comics universe are out to get Batman
- Cops on the take from the mob join the manhunt as well
- Batman needs to outsmart his enemies, find out why Black Mask wants him dead, and prove to what good cops that he’s on their side

General

- Porting Arkham City to Wii U let the team get familiar with Unreal 3
- Doing a prequel lets the team carve a unique territory if Rockstar were to move the Arkham timeline ahead down the road
- Rocksteady’s project is tightly under wraps
- Younger Batman also “gives us the opportunity to refresh things a bit”
- Combat system still in place
- Will have “new layers, new opportunities, and new tactics”
- New enemy types
- Batman not as finely honed as in the previous games
- Won’t control the Batwing directly
- Batwing will figure into story sequences and acts as a universe-appropriate form of fast travel
- Has the traditional predator mode in which players swing from perch to perch, glide kick, string guys upside-down, etc.
- New remote claw that is like the grappler in Just Cause 2
- Batman targets two objects and fires out a claw
- This hooks into the first object and launches another claw and rope to the second object
- Can then pull the two objects together
- Use this to knock enemies together, slam heavy objects into foes, string objects or people under a perch
- Can string up an explosive barrel under a perch, lure enemies with a sonic batarang, then cut the rope with a normal batarang, dropping the explosive on their heads
- Team knows Black Mask isn’t the most popular villain
- Old Gotham is only half of the game world
- Another new entire is across the bridge called New Gotham
- New Gotham is classier and has much taller skyscrapers
- New zone doubles the size of the game world
- Players can dismantle the hacked tower network
- Towers emit a jamming signal that prevents the Batwing from flying into the area, meaning no fast travel
- It also halts Batman’s sensors from placing points of interest on the map
- Taking down the towers are varied and require all of Batman’s navigation, puzzle solving, and combat skills
- Some can be taken down quickly, others must be returned to later with an upgrade
- “Crime in Progress”: ex – saving some cops from a group of thugs, rescuing a snitch from being tossed off a roof
- Activities give Batman a chance for experience point bonuses
- Completing side quests also contributes to the GCPD’s understanding and appreciation of Batman
- They will begin to know Batman and which side he stands on based on how much you take on the optional missions
- Most Wanted system gives players a chance to go after villains outside of the core storyline
- These optional side missions can be tackled when you discover them
- Many optional missions offer upgrades
- Batman’s butler Alfred may notice that he had a tough time in that situation and give him a new gadget
- Dark Knight system is slightly more behind the scenes, though it’s still important
- Dark Knight system provides a lengthy string of tasks that slowly goes up in difficulty as the game progresses
- The team wants to avoid boring tutorials while still training players to be masters of predator and combat systems
- Complete a certain number of counters or silent takedowns to receive XP rewards or a specific upgrade
- Dark Knight system doesn’t replace challenge mode
- Team wants to make challenges more meaningful

Game demo

- Takes place about an hour into the game
- Batman is perched above Jezebel plaza
- Black Mask’s assassins have stirred up the local thugs
- No towering walls keeping villains in check and many citizens call Arkham City home since there isn’t a prison
- Amusement Mile hasn’t been flooded
- Batman is looking to find out why Black Mask is trying to kill him
- Batman decides to go to the party to track down Penguin, who hears about everything
- Eventually, Penguin gives some intel on a murder at Lacey Towers
- Claw grips Batman’s ankle and drags him out of the room before he can finish his questioning
- Batman reaches for the door, but his arm is stomped by a mysterious figure
- Batman ends up suspended upside-down from the rafters
- Deathstroke circles Batman with a drawn sword
- Batman blocks and disarms Deathstroke, using the sword to cut himself free
- Thanks to Penguin’s tip, Batman goes to Lacey Towers
- The cops say it’s a double homicide
- One victim is supposedly Black Mask
- Inside the apartment, Batman sees Black Mask’s girlfriend strung up on a chandelier
- Black Mask’s assumed body is laying face up across the room
- Batman goes into first-person detective vision to examine the situation

You can find more information and screenshots in this month’s Game Informer.
 
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Interesting.
I am happy that I it will be on the 360.
 
the game takes place years before both of the previous Arkham titles when a young, unrefined Batman encounters many supervillains for the first time.

Oh lord that sounds glorious.

But why is it called Arkham: Origins if its not an origin story on Arkham?
 
Alright, time to apply for a summer internship! :hehe:
 
Marketing.

But wouldnt that be poor marketing. You are labeling your game an Origin without it actually being an Origin. This is neither an origin story for Arkham nor for Batman. So where does the Origin part of the title come in?


Awesome to see that its set in Gotham tho, during Christmas. Very Batman Returns. I dig it.
 
No Rocksteady? Makes me nervous.

But I hope they don't go back to letting Batman only have 3 or 4 things in his utility belt like Arkham Asylum. I like being able to take down multiple guys using an array of tools.
 
Hopefully they stick with the same game mechanics, I can't wait for the game trailer. :up:
 
Was hoping for a PS4 release, but if not, this may be the swan song for my PS3
 
But wouldnt that be poor marketing. You are labeling your game an Origin without it actually being an Origin. This is neither an origin story for Arkham nor for Batman. So where does the Origin part of the title come in?

It's a generic title, but it does serve a purpose with Arkham brand awareness, and the Origin is there as Batman is meeting some characters for the 1st time.

Remember, there is a rumor that the Justice League is suppose to appear, granted there is also the rumor of this being Joker's 1st appearence.
 
Hopefully they stick with the same game mechanics, I can't wait for the game trailer. :up:

Yea they deff dont need to go altering Rocksteadys formula. Just add to it. Agree tho, cant wait to see a trailer. Hope Conroy is back and they arent pulling a Kojima by needlessly replacing a legendary voice actor.
 
It's a generic title, but it does serve a purpose with Arkham brand awareness, and the Origin is there as Batman is meeting some characters for the 1st time.

Remember, there is a rumor that the Justice League is suppose to appear, granted there is also the rumor of this being Joker's 1st appearence.

Yea, makes sense.
 
Yea they deff dont need to go altering Rocksteadys formula. Just add to it. Agree tho, cant wait to see a trailer. Hope Conroy is back and they arent pulling a Kojima by needlessly replacing a legendary voice actor.

They definitely need to replace Conroy. We don't want a young Batman to sound like an old fart. Let's hope they pull a Kojima. :word:
 
They definitely need to replace Conroy. We don't want a young Batman to sound like an old fart. Let's hope they pull a Kojima. :word:

No way. Im sure Conroy could do a younger less grizzled Batman.

Altho that is a good point, i didnt even think about Bats youthfulness
 
I'm looking forward to it. No Rocksteady is slightly nerve-racking, but only slightly. Its set on Christmas Eve, the Best Batman is at Christmas time!
 
I'm looking forward to it. No Rocksteady is slightly nerve-racking, but only slightly. Its set on Christmas Eve, the Best Batman is at Christmas time!

Yea im a little wary of that too, but its good to know they have Rocksteadys foundation.
 
I'm cool with the story being an origin one, but I am also a little disappointed that the story lines hinted at by Azrael in AC will go untold, at least for now
 
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