‘Batman: Arkham Origins’ Season Pass Announced; Play as Bruce Wayne

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Bat-mania may have died down in the wake of the atomic conclusion to Chris Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy, but rest assured, Gotham’s Caped Crusader is far from finished. Capping off a very different three-part outing on the current generation of consoles, Batman: Arkham Origins swoops into view this October, packing in a utility belt’s worth of newfound features.

Bigger boss battles, multiplayer hi-jinks and even a playable bad guy, all hint at what may well be the best Batman title yet — and now, with the announcement of the Batman: Arkham Origins Season Pass, aspiring students of the World’s Greatest Detective can piece together the Origins experience for less.

Priced at $19.99, the pack, which Warner Bros. Interactive claims carries a $30 value, will release alongside the game, and feature 5 of the title’s upcoming DLC offerings, including:

  • Gotham by Gaslight & Brightest Day Batman Skins
  • The New Millennium Skins Pack
  • The Infinite Earths Skins Pack
  • Arkham Origins Initiation — A pre-Batman adventure starring Bruce Wayne as he trains under the tutelage of Kirigi, a wise old ninjutsu master
  • Another, unknown story pack

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While character skins are always a welcome addition, the real points of interest here will surely be the pack’s gameplay expansions. Initiation’s Kirigi character first appeared in Batman #431 as one of Bruce Wayne’s early combat masters. Located in the snowy mountains of North Korea, the ninjutsu specialist maintains loose connections to the villainous League of Shadows, an organization that first appeared in the Arkham continuity as part of 2011’s Batman: Arkham City.

Kirigi’s dojo will reflect the series’ challenge map add-ons, likely threading a thin storyline through numerous gruelling tests, in order to keep the ‘beat the clock,’ high score incentives fresh. Buyers should be aware that this Season Pass  only includes the 5 incentives listed above. Any multiplayer additions, if they do indeed happen, will not be covered by the price of the Pass.

Is the Batman: Arkham Origins Season Pass set to extort the good folks of Gotham, or save the day (and your dollars)? What else should Warner Bros. provide in the pack to part you from your cash? Where will the cape & cowl head next? Let us know in the comments below, and be sure to check out the game’s British & American Collector’s Sets.

Batman: Arkham Origins will arrive on October 25th 2013, for PC, PS3, Xbox 360 & Wii U platforms.

An additional handheld adventure – Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate will also debut on October 25th 2013, for PlayStation Vita & Nintendo 3DS formats.

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