Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment announced today new installments in the “Batman: Arkham” video game series. “Batman: Arkham Origins” will be available for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, the Wii U, and Windows PC. “Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate” will be available for the Nintendo 3DS handheld system, and PlayStation Vita handheld entertainment system. Both titles are scheduled to release worldwide Oct. 25, 2013.
The new game will feature a prequel storyline set before the events of the award-winning games “Batman: Arkham Asylum” and “Batman: Arkham City.” According to the news release, the game takes place before the rise of Gotham City’s most dangerous criminals.
The game showcases a young and unrefined Batman as he faces a defining moment in his early career as a crime fighter that sets his path to becoming the Dark Knight. As the story unfolds, players will meet many important characters for the first time and forge key relationships.
“Blackgate,” meanwhile, is a 2.5-D game from Armature that brings the Arkham world to handheld gaming. Gamers playing “Blackgate” can continue the storyline of the console version.
“Batman: Arkham is a huge triple-A videogame franchise and we are delighted to expand the experience with Batman: Arkham Origins,” said Martin Tremblay, President, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, in a news release. “WB Games Montréal has an incredibly talented team building upon Rocksteady’s award-winning gameplay and technology to deliver a deep, immersive, quality experience fans will love.”
- Matt Price