‘Batman: Arkham Origins’ Playable Deathstroke DLC Revealed

Published 2 years ago by , Updated July 17th, 2013 at 3:40 pm,

Batman Arkham Origins Teaser Deathstroke

While Batman: Arkham Origins may still be months away, fans have suspected for some time that the dark knight wouldn’t be the only comic book character made available to players. Rumors of a playable Robin being featured in the game have been surfacing, but thanks to a leak from an online retailer, the mystery may be over.

This time around, pre-ordering a copy of Batman: Arkham Origins won’t be earning fans a chance to play as Catwoman in the game’s campaign – or any of Batman’s allies or sidekicks, for that matter. Instead, players can step into the boots (and mask) of one of DC Comics’ most deadly assassins: Deathstroke the Terminator.

The reveal comes thanks to a listing on Amazon, claiming that a pre-order through the website would offer buyers not only a $10 credit on the site, but ‘Playable Deathstroke DLC.’ No further details were given on how substantial the gameplay would be, and the offer image has since been pulled, promising only the $10 credit. But the cat is already out of the bag, and sure to spark some heated debate given the series’ previous run-ins with locked content.

Batman Arkham Origins Deathstroke DLC

Rocksteady ran into some serious customer service issues by locking the now-infamous Catwoman DLC, redeemed by entering codes printed inside boxed copies (at least, that was the plan). The playable DLC – sewn throughout the Batman campaign in stages – kicked off a lengthy micro-transaction strategy that saw unique singleplayer skins, Challenge mode characters and alternate costumes and more dribble out based on which retailer the game was purchased through.

It’s not shocking to see signs that Arkham Origins would implement the same plan, but we certainly hope Warner Bros. is better prepared for the possible backlash and complaints this time around. At this point all we’ve seen of Deathstroke is his new (and stunning) design, and an all-too-brief fight between he and Batman in the first teaser trailer for the game.

So far it’s unclear if the DLC refers to an unlocked skin for the still-unannounced multiplayer, Challenge modes, or that Deathstroke will play a part in the larger campaign. Whatever the case, this leak is sure to get fans and cynics talking.

Batman Arkham Origins Deathstroke Pose

What do you think of the decision to once again include playable characters only unlocked through pre-order or retail purchase? Would the restriction of Deathstroke to Challenge modes, and not the singleplayer campaign sway you to one side of the debate or the other?

Are there any other characters you now hope to see receive the same treatment? Share your thoughts in the comments.

Batman: Arkham Origins will be available on Wii U, Playstation 3, Xbox 360, and PC October 25, 2013.

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Source: Amazon (via AGB)

TAGS: Batman, Batman Arkham Origins, PC, PS3, PS4, Warner Bros. Interactive, Wii U, Xbox 360

  • The mighty avenger

    Yes! I called this weeks ago! I might even be going to GameStop soon to place a pre order. Well in the coming weeks but I hope it’s te SAMe set up as catwomans dlc and I wouldn’t mind playing as him in challenge maps or multiplayer either.

    I’m also hoping for a dick Grayson robin to make a appearance and play as him. Batgirl would be cool too since she’s already oracle in asylum. This game seems awesome can’t wait for the reveal trailer tomorrow

  • Alex

    I would love to see Dick Grayson as a kid in the game. That would be awesome, but you got to make him look sick instead of the corney version from the 60’s Batman show.

  • Shalkowski

    Well with the confirmation of Kevin Conroy coming back, and now this, this is a for sure buy.

  • Joakim
    • Joakim

      “Pre-order Batman: Arkham Origins now to play as Deathstroke – gain access to two additional challenge maps and two Deathstroke skins (Internet connection required for downloadable content; not available on all platforms)”

  • VADER’s 501st

    Sweet I’m pre-ordering this asap, I can’t wait to get this in oct.

  • bobbylop

    I’ve already pre ordered it and death stroke will probably be awesome with guns and his swords. it would be cool to see how he will fight with swords.