What, you were expecting Arkham Planet?
Game Informer reports that the latest installment in the Batman: Arkham video games series is gearing up for an October 25th launch. Titled Batman: Arkham Origins is, as you’ve likely surmised, set before the events of either Arkham Asylum or Arkham City. At its center, a young and relatively inexperienced Batman squaring off with some iconic villains for the first time. One of those is the increasingly ubiquitous Deathstroke. In a video interview on Game Informer, the dev team offers a few story tidbits, include a Christmas holiday setting in the streets of Gotham (not just the prison district of Arkham City) and the arrival of eight world-class assassins.
It’s worth noting that Arkham Origins was not developed by Rockysteady Games, the team behind the previous entries in the series. Instead, we’ll see a fresh approach from Warner Bros. Games’ Montreal branch, founded in 2010. Looks like Paul Dini hasn’t returned to script the game, but there is a comics pedigree in creative director Eric Holmes (The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction, Prototype), writer of IDW’s Transformers: Megatron Origin. The game is currently listed for current generation consoles (Xbox 360, PS3, Wii-U) and PC. Looks like it just missed that next gen development window.
But that’s not all!
Also scheduled for release on October 25th, Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate serves as a handheld sequel for the Nintendo 3DS and PS Vita, set after the console game. Developed my Armature Studio, the title is described as a Metroid-style 2.5D exploration game.