It seems prequel is the new black as far as games publishers go, as Warner announce Batman: Arkham Origins, a game set to pitch 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.’ Apparently proceedings take place ‘before the rise of Gotham City’s most dangerous criminals’ (so read into that what you will).
Could that mean he won’t be able to effortlessly flip from thug to thug as he beats them to within an inch of his lives? Or say not have access to a preposterous array of gadgets? We’re betting not. In fact our the more cynical here at GC Towers are predicting it’ll be more or less exactly the same as previous Arkham entries. The title likely following the formula already hit upon by Gears of War: Judgement and God of War: Ascension.
After all, why not give your current generation engine one last throw of the dice before its ditched in favour of PS4 and Xbox ‘nextbox’ tech? Especially when you’re a publisher big enough to set another of your internal dev teams on such an endeavour, in this case WB Games Montréal, while Rocksteady gets on with the next true successor – presumably the oft-rumoured Silver Age Batman tie-in.
Arkham Origins for PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U and PC will also be joined by the lengthily titled Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate on 3DS and Vita; a game in development by Armature Studio (a company founded by former Retro Studios designers interestingly). It’s a project described as a ‘companion game to Batman: Arkham Origins, (where) players can continue the storyline of the console version and discover more details of the Dark Knight’s past.’
‘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. ‘It’s also a licence to print money,’ he didn’t say – but we’re guessing he was thinking it.
Both titles are scheduled to release worldwide 25th October 2013 and no mention is made of PS4 –which seemingly confirms speculation that Rocksteady’s next will indeed be for that system and (as yet unannounced) others.