There’s a reason Batman is still around after decades at the top of the comic book world, and Batman: Arkham Origins looks to highlight the tenacity of the dark knight like never before. Rather than using his detective skills to uncover a mystery, the game is pitting him against some of the world’s deadliest assassins. Of course, the announcement of Batman: Arkham Origins may not have been everything some fans were hoping for.
For starters, it marks the first Arkham game not developed by Rocksteady Studios; it’s also not as interested in telling the origins of either Batman or Arkham Asylum as much as the name implies. But to make sure that fans don’t assume corporate greed is the only motivation for the project, Warner Bros. Montreal wants to remind the world that they have more than a few comic book fans on staff.
The video reveals that it was creative director Eric Holmes’ decision to tell a ‘Year Two’ story – set in the beginning of Batman’s career, but after his ‘trial and error’ stage – to both draw from the most beloved Batman villains, and create some separation between their own game and those of Rocksteady. We might advise that not naming one’s game ‘Batman: Arkham….’ would do the trick just as well, but we’re not in publishing.
Warner Bros. Montreal aren’t the first team of game designers and programmers who loved Batman comics, so it’s hard to say they’re more likely to follow Rocksteady’s success than the path of failure more often tread with superhero games. That being said, Warner Bros. seems to be putting their money behind the title, and even a game that pales in comparison to Arkham City could still offer a worthwhile experience. Especially if the studio was on hand to provide advice.
If nothing else, it’s encouraging to see that all involved are taking the task of living up to Rocksteady as seriously as they should. Batman fans aren’t too hard to find today, but impressive game designers are a bit rarer. Only time will tell if WB Montreal has as many as they’ll need to pull off this feat.
We’ll have to wait and see exactly what Arkham Origins has in common with Rocksteady’s series, and what changes it attempts to make. For now, are you optimistic about Warner Bros. Montreal’s chances of finding similar success? Or will you only be getting excited when Rocksteady’s Silver Age Batman game is announced?
Batman: Arkham Origins will be available on Wii U, Playstation 3, Xbox 360, and PC October 25, 2013.
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Source: Game Informer