[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6d0geMX4nWA]When you consider how much Batman: Arkham Asylum and Arkham City have influenced how we perceive and accept comic-book games, it would be foolish to not expect another Arkham sequel at some point. As it turns out, fans won’t be waiting much longer for their next dose of the bat, as Game Informer has outed Batman: Arkham Origins as part of their exclusive May 2013 cover story.
Developed by Warner Bros. Games Montreal instead of Rocksteady, Arkham Origins tells the story of a younger Batman as he’s targeted on Christmas Eve by eight of the world’s deadliest assassins. Deathstroke is set to appear in the game, which will be set in Gotham City proper for the first time in the series.
Arkham Origins is coming to Wii U, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, and PC on October 25th, 2013. A portable companion game, Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate, will also be released on October 25th for the 3DS and Vita. This spinoff will take place after the end of the game, and will be delivered as a 2.5D Metroid-style experience.
Personally, I’m more excited about the idea of Blackgate, as I’ll take any Metroid I can get in my gaming. As for the console release, this is Warner Bros. Games Montreal’s first game, but with the leadership of Eric Holmes (formerly of Radical), there’s little cause for worry. While technically a little unpolished, The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate and Destruction and Prototype showed a lot of promise. It’ll be interesting to see what they can do with the beloved Batman franchise