The game industry currently sits in a calm before the storm on the cusp of ensuing releases. A new generation of video gaming is about to kick off, the next wave of the Call of Duty and Battlefield war is nearly here and Assassin’s Creed is getting ready to set sail again. Just to remind the community about the oncoming activity, game publishers are dropping launch trailers for imminent releases, cutting together big moments from their stories and giving fans a good look at what each game has in store. Just yesterday, Battlefield 4 and Assassin’s Creed 4 showed off their narratives a little more and today it’s Arkham Origins‘ turn to steal the attention of players.

With so many high profile gaming releases incoming, the wallets of gamers will take quite a battering this holiday season as developers try hard to boost the appeal of their own products. Funny enough, it seems as if Batman might well be going through something similar but instead of oncoming releases trying to pry money from gaming audiences, Batman is going to have to deal with an oncoming onslaught of assassins trying to cash in on a ransom. Check out Batman having a rubbish Christmas Eve in the new Batman: Arkham Origins launch trailer.

The trailer has a major focus on Black Mask, the game’s central antagonist. He’s just one of many however, with the prequel packed wall to wall with other villains. Along with the eight assassins, there will also a  be appearances from the likes of the Joker and the Penguin even if it isn’t clear where they fit into the story just yet.

Batman Is Miffed Akham Origins
The trailer also shows off a younger, less refined Bruce Wayne getting a little hot under the collar. We get our first glimpse of the Penguin as Bats throws him around a room before smashing him into a mirror. This is definitely closer to the Christian Bale Batman from director Christopher Nolan’s trilogy of Dark Knight films as opposed to the slightly more controlled Kevin Conroy iteration from previous games. Whether that will make for a more interesting or enjoyable take on the character still remains to be seen. Hopefully Warner Brothers Montreal, who take the development reins away from Rocksteady Studios for Arkham Origins, has imbued enough nuance in the character so there is more to him than just being angry and shouty through the entire game.

Batman: Arkham Origins will be available on PC, PS3, Wii U and Xbox 360 on October 25, 2013.