Warner Bros. Entertainment has finally, and officially, announced that Batman: Arkham Origins will be out this fall today. Since the announcement fans have been clamoring for more details, so Game Informer is swopping in to save the day.
Revealing that their May cover story will be about Arkham Origins, they’ve been allowed to play an extensive demo of the game and they’ve got a laundry list of features. From details about the story to gameplay tweaks and new additions, this news has fans clamoring for a game they’ve been teased with for almost six months.
It will be a story penned by Eric Holmes, who served as lead designer of The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction and has experience writing Transformers: Megatron Origins for IDW Comics. You’ll be going back in time a bit, to a time inspired by the “Batman: Year One” story arc. Batman is still a crime-fighting “newbie” and can take his special brand of vigilante justice a bit too far.
The Black Mask has put a hit out on him and every villain from Gotham and the DC universe has arrived to cash in. There will be more of focus on the detective side of Batman this time around, with The Dark Knight having to simultaneously find out why Black Mask put a hit on him while fighting off every villain trying to earn a quick buck.
Things like the free-flow combat system and challenge modes will be intact, as Warner Montreal have taken a “if it isn’t broke don’t fix it” mentality to the game. Although, they do mention that they’ll be adding to these modes with new tactics and moves. They’ve also brought on Rocksteady in a consulting capacity, getting their input on gadgets and how various in game mechanics should work.
In a surprising addition, we’ll also see the release of Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate. Releasing on 3DS and Vita the same day as the home console version, Blackgate is a completely separate experience that takes place after the events of Arkham Origins with a different feel.
You can pick up the new Batman adventure on October 25th of this year on all major current-gen consoles.