The transcript from the call is quite long and a lot of it isn’t about Batman. Most of it infact. The bit that is however is here:
“And we also have a strong games release this year, which will include the next release in the Batman Arkham franchise. So all in all, we expect Warners to post another very strong year in 2013.”
One thing to note is that it’s not clear if they mean actual 2013 or financial 2013 which could potentially see the game released in 2014. A source also says that Rocksteady won’t be developing this time.
Warner Bros have announced Batman Arkham Origins as the next game in the franschise with a release date of October 2013. It won’t be developed by creator Rocksteady, with Warner Bros Games Montreal taking a turn this time. Expectations slightly downgraded then.
Batman Arkham Origins announced for PS3
The Batman Arkham Origins prequel and it’s 2013 release date had previously been confirmed in a Warner Bros financial call. he new team will have, “full access to Rocksteady’s custom modified Unreal engine” and have created what they call, “the first Arkham game set on the streets of Gotham City”. Apparently the story will focus on, “8 of the best assassin’s the world who’ve come together for one night, Christmas Eve, to kill the Bat”. Apparently this will be the “first time that Batman meets certain characters that are very important to him and defines their relationships”.
Here’s the plot breakdown for the story: “The game takes place years before both of the previous Arkham titles when a young, unrefined Batman encounters many supervillains for the first time. Fans will recognize the assassin Deathstroke, who appears for the very first time in a core Arkham game”. (We had a pop at a list of Batman Arkham Origin enemies potentials awhile back.)
The game’s creative director is Eric Holmes who was (brace yourselves) lead designer of The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction and Prototype. Admittedly all the new studio have to do is cut and paste its ideas into Rocksteady’s template and it’ll probably be fine but neither of those two games even come close to the previous Arkham games.
The first details and screens for Batman: Arkham Origins have arrived. The story focuses on a Christmas Eve battle between a young Dark Knight and Black Mask leading a team of famous villains. It’s apparently a fully open world game using the Batwing to fast travel around the map.
Going Bat to the beginning: that seems to be the mantra for the latest Dark Knight adventure. Similar to the path Rocksteady chose to reveal the incredible Arkham City, Batman: Arkham Origins has kicked the wheels of its hype train into gear with a CG-rendered trailer.
After playing the cape off Injustice: Gods Among Us, we can’t wait to resume the beatdown between The Bat and lethal assassin Deathstroke. Bruce will have to contend with other villainous hitmen, too, after The Black Mask puts a bounty of his cowl.
Here’s hoping WB Montreal can maintain the impeccable standard Rocksteady reached in the first two Arkham titles.
Here’s a bunch of new Batman Arkham Origins screens including laughing boy up there looking younger and lot healthier than the end of Akham City. We also finally know who’s voicing him.
New Batman Arkham Origins screens Joker & gadgets revealed
Stepping into the Joker’s vocal shoes is non other than Bioshock Infinite and The Last Of Us‘ Tory baker. Batman’s talking duties are taken by Roger Craig Smith, the voice of Assassin’s Creed 2′s Ezio Auditore and Resi’s Chris Redfield fromResident Evil. Confusingly the old voice of Batman, Kevin Conroy, has claimed he’s working on Origins after Warner Bros claimed he’d been dropped in order to give Bats a younger feel. Could there a split timeline in the game?
There’s also a first look at the new grapple gadget that enables the Dark Knight to attach and smash objects and enemies together. Here it’s being used to introduce a goon to a gas tank. It probably won’t end well for either.
Anyone want to see a five minute CG trailer of Batman Arkham Origins? This is probably for you then. The new five minute video shows the young Bats going up against Deathstroke in an extended fight sequence that ends… well, let’s not spoil it.
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