The next Batman video game looks like it will continue the tradition of high quality adventures brought upon by its predecessors. Here's the top 10 facts you need to know about Batman: Arkham Origins' storyline, enemies, developers, and the rumors surrounding it. Look out for this Batman epic on October 25, 2013 for the PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U, and PC platforms.
1. This Game is A Prequel to the Last Two Arkham Games
Batman: Arkham Origins is a prequel game that places DC's "Dark Knight" in a plot that's set several years before Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City. The game follows a young and somewhat reckless Batman during his crusade against several assassin's who are looking to collect the bounty on his head. Batman must contend with crooked cops, contract killers, notable villains from his and DC's rouges gallery, and his rookie status as a new found hero. The plot was mainly inspired by the comic book series Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight and the graphic novel Batman: Year One. Check out the video above for more info on the story.
2. Several Famous Batman Characters Will Appear in the Game
Many notable Batman characters will be making an appearance - Black Mask, Deathstroke, Alberto Falcone, The Penguin, Captain James Gordon, and Alfred Pennyworth are just a few of the ones announced thus far.
Deathstroke will actually be a playable character for those who pre-order the game. The official press release broke the news:
Deathstroke will come complete with his own unique weapons and special moves, and will be playable in all challenge maps in the game, as well as two additional challenge maps that will be included with the pack. The pack will also contain two alternate Deathstroke character skins.
The creative director for the game, Eric Holmes, spoke to Game Informer about the team's feelings about DLC for their game:
I think the challenge with DLC is finding something worth saying that you didn't say in the main game, something that adds to the story or universe. Without giving too much away, I think the DC Universe is a very expansive and exciting place and we're spoiled for choice as far as opportunities.
3. A New Gadget Will Make Its Debut
As for the new items the game will allow you to wield, the Remote Claw has been added to Batman's utility belt. This claw can be used to target two objects and pull them together, which presents several fun opportunities to stick two thugs together for a knockout collision. Also, the Batwing will be featured but it won't be controllable by players. This vehicle will play host to the game's fast travel system, which will send Batman to areas he's already explored and rid of enemy tower installations. Batman's detective skills will also come improved, as the evidence he gathers can be reviewed on the Batcomputer in the Batcave.
4. New Missions Will Have You Working With the Gotham City Police Department
A new game feature called "Crime in Progress" provides Batman with side missions that task him with assisting the GCPD. For example, Batman can deviate from the game's main campaign and help some police officers fend off a bunch of nameless thugs. Completing these missions gains Batman experience points, as well as improve his good standing with the police. The "Most Wanted" missions will task Batman with searching for other villains outside of the main story campaign.
5. The Game Takes Place in Two Gotham City Locations
Batman's adventure will take place in Old Gotham and New Gotham. Old Gotham is the same locale that was last seen in Arkham City, except this time Old Gotham will appear much differently. The flooding and Arkham City prison look won't be present in this version of the city. New Gotham is a brand new location that resembles your usual bustling metropolitan area. Watch the vid above for some extra info on the game's art/architecture direction.
6. Rocksteady Isn't Developing This Game
Rocksteady, the developers who worked on the last Arkham games, have handed over the reigns of this title over to Warner Bros. Games Montreal. In an interview with CVG, Sefton Hill, director of the first two titles in the series, stated that Rocksteady is confident in this game's future success:
Rocksteady is excited to see WB Games Montreal developing the prequel to the Batman Arkham franchise. We are confident this talented team will craft a fantastic experience, bringing the origins of the Arkhamverse to life.
The video above offers some backstory on the developers and how they came together to create this game.
7. The Creative Director Has An Impressive Resume
Eric Holmes, the creative director behind the game, has a long resume in the world of video games. He's worked on notable games such as Earthworm Jim 3D, Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction, and Gears of War 3. He's also done some work in the comic book industry (he wrote for The Transformers: Megatron Origin).
8. The Game's Music Was Inspired by an 80's Action Film
Since the game is set during Christmas Eve, the soundtrack will reflect the nature of the season/holiday. The music was inspired by the 1988 action film Die Hard and its music, which featured sleigh bells ringing along with the movie's adrenaline-fueled songs.
9. Kevin Conroy WON'T Be Voicing Batman For This Game, But He Will Make A Return...
Batman's most famous voice actor, Kevin Conroy, won't be returning for this prequel. However, he'll be voicing Batman once again in a future Arkham sequel. Check out the video of this announcement from Conroy himself at the 2013 Dallas Comic-Con. There's some extra info on the next project from Rocksteady in that piece of footage, too...
10. Past Rumors Suggested That This Game Was Based on the "Sliver Age of Comic Books"
During the summer of 2012, rumors surfaced around the next Batman game being a prequel based on the "Silver Age of Comic Books." Rocksteady was also rumored to be the developers behind this new game, which would explore the origins of Batman and The Joker's initial confrontations. 2014 was slated as being the tentative release year for this game. However, this ended up not coming true as Batman: Arkham Origins was revealed on April 9, 2013 as the next Arkham game. IGN posted a video of some of the other rumors surrounding Arkham Origins.