Batman: Arkham Origins revealed in next Game Informer

Tuesday, 9th April 2013 15:55 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Warner Bros. Games Montreal’s Batman: Arkham Origins will be the feature story in the May issue of Game Informer.

The game takes place before the events in the last two Rocksteady titles, and sees Batman coming across many of his nemeses for the first time. The assassin Deathstroke also appears on the back cover.

A video featuring creative director Eric Holmes discussing the game is below.

A 3DS and Vita version called Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate is also in the works from Armature Studio, and will be released alongside the console and PC title. The 2.5-D game is a companion title to Origins, where players can continue the storyline of the console version and discover more details of the Dark Knight’s past.

Further details on the 3DS title pulled out of Game Informer have been posted on NeoGAF.

Same for Arkham Origins.

Batman: Arkham Origins is out October 25 for PC, PS3, Wii U and Xbox 360, and PC. A website has opened offering pre-orders and some slim details.

A shot of the Wii U boxart is below, and it looks the same for all versions other than the typical logos.



  1. Goffee

    And BAO Blackgate will be a side-game for 3DS and Vita – awesome

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Moonwalker1982

    If only Rocksteady was making this i’d be incredibly excited, but i don’t know this developer. I will wait and see.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. povu

    If it was Rocksteady awesomeness would’ve been almost guaranteed. But this new dev has a lot to live up to, and I’m definitely going to have a close look at the reviews before buying this.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. SplatteredHouse

    A few quotes from GI’s coverage trailer: “The challenge for us, coming in after Rocksteady, is to do something that hasn’t been done.”
    They mention that they’re aware that they are “walking on the shoulders of giants” in working on a new Arkham game. Not telling a story about the beginning of Batman, or of the Asylum. Set on the streets of Gotham City, around Christmas time.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Max Payne

    I think this is similar situation like it was with Bioshock 2 and 2K Marin.
    They will know how to create good game , but will it have that ”magic effect” of original developer that’s the question.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Edo

    Coverage trailer …I dunno,I just hope that Rocksteady is working on the actual sequel.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. salarta

    So, set before Arkham Asylum, but not at the very beginning of Batman’s career. Hopefully this means Harley will get to return with her original costume, or at the very least that if she returns, she’ll be wearing clothes that fit the harlequin theme she’s supposed to have. Though seeing how DC’s been doing things, it’s more likely DC will force their current Harley design on her yet again like they did with Injustice and the DLC of Arkham City.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Fin

    Hopefully it’s as good as the other Arkhams.

    Luv Batmans.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Gheritt White

    @7: I hate the new 52 as much as the next geek and I’m not too fond of the new costume for Harley either, but it’s not us (the fans) that get to determine what she is and isn’t “supposed” to have – that’s down to her current creators, pure and simple.

    Fans dictating the direction of content is a terrible idea – nothing new would ever get made and everything would get so bogged down in continuity it would (a) force a ret-con every time you wanted to do something interesting and (b) make it almost impossible for new fans to jump on board as they’d have 50 + years of background reading to do.

    I remember people bleating and wailing after Crisis on Infinite Earths changed Superman’s origin and killed off Barry Allen. In the end, it led to (mostly) better comics (until Infinite Crisis, at least).

    My advise: let go. Allow creators to experiment and do their own thing. These are, after all, their toys – not yours. Some results you may enjoy more than others and some you may positively detest, but keep your level of attachment in check to avoid disappointment… or go write fanfic.

    Or, y’know, stop reading in-continuity comics. Creator-owned maxi-series’ like Ex Machina or Locke & Key are far superior to superhero fare anyway. But I digress…

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Beta

    I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt for now, but I hope to hell this isn’t a quick cash-in. Arkham series has been excellent and I’d hate to see it ruined.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Beta

    @11 That trailer’s already in this article.. :S

    #11 2 years ago
  12. salarta

    @9: Experimenting is one thing, what many companies and creators that didn’t personally create the characters and IPs are doing these days is quite another. Most of what they’re doing nowadays is more akin to fanfiction than anything else; it’s ignoring, sometimes maliciously, what the original creators established and intended with their creations in favor of forcing an idea they have on the character and IP. It’s not much better than Mary Sue fanfiction where sweet, friendly girls are redefined into mean-spirited bitches, and the baddest dude in the land is suddenly a sniveling coward so the new protagonist can show him up.

    Trying new things does not require ripping the soul out of a franchise or throwing out everything that defines a character to make it happen. Look at Mortal Kombat 9. That game succeeded and got tons of praise, and it didn’t do it by trashing the franchise’s roots and completely redefining it into something it wasn’t meant to be. The game succeeded by nurturing the franchise’s roots, and playing off what was already established.

    I will agree with you that for the majority of fans, allowing them to dictate the direction of content is a terrible idea. Fans are fans, but they may not necessarily be writers, and they may not have the experience required to understand how to write characters. But what fans DO have, is love and respect for the IPs and characters they write.

    What we need is writers that actually CARE about the IPs they’re writing, the skill of a professional writer combined with the love of a devoted fan. What we’re getting instead is professional writers that try to inject things meaningful to themselves, but entirely alien to the source material they’re working with, for reasons other than appreciation of the IP. Maybe they’re getting paid a lot of money, or maybe the character is an icon they know they can use to promote their personal ideals or to feed off of to make a bigger name for themselves. It’s never “I really love the Devil May Cry series, I want to do my best to help other people see what’s so great about it and expand upon its already established lore in interesting ways.” It’s “I hate this franchise and character, they’re so stupid, it needs my genius forced on it to completely change its core concepts until it stops sucking.” Nobody except Tameem would openly admit that, because it’s practically career suicide, but it’s blatantly how they think and behave under the surface.

    There is a common example I use over the Harley situation: what if Batman was rebooted with a chicken suit as his permanent costume, but DC still tried to call him Batman? It’s a ridiculous example, but it makes my point: if you’re going to permanently and fundamentally change core aspects of a character in ways that show you do not understand or respect that character, then why work on the character to begin with? Give the job to someone that is going to at least TRY to understand the character and do right by their history. You don’t hire someone that blatantly hates homosexuals or at minimum doesn’t give a damn about understanding their wants and needs to run a gay pride parade.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Moonwalker1982

    When is this issue coming out?

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Edo

    @13 Someone has a Harley Quinn fixation me thinks…

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Lengendaryboss

    Coming on PS Vita Yay :D :)
    Armature studio they ported MGS HD collection to PS Vita right?, they did a good job, so they have experience. Although i need a little game announcements Sony, to restoring my faith.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. CPC_RedDawn

    Hope to god they are using Unreal Engine 4 and not the crappy out dated Unreal 3!! That engine needs to be put to sleep and it needs it now. I bet it wouldn’t be hard for them to import all the assets from the original two games that Rock Steady made and bring them into the UE4 and improve upon them in terms of textures, lighting, and physics as well.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Moonwalker1982

    From what i understand is that this developer was responsible for the Wii U version of Arkham City, some looney Tunes game, Prototype and Hulk: Ultimate Destruction…..oh boy :(

    #17 2 years ago
  18. YoungZer0

    I like the new Batman Costume.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Clupula

    God, Salarta, do you ever think about anything other than obsessing on fictional females and whether or not their clothing/action fits your own personal moral vision of them?

    #19 2 years ago
  20. Stephany Nunneley

    Links from NeoGAF with the information pulled from GI on both games have been added.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. loki

    “Batman: Arkham Origins is out October 25 for PC, PS3, Wii U and Xbox 360, and PC”. LOL Game is out on PC two times. WOW More PC plz

    @17 i hope u start use brain
    @18 yes is total fail

    #21 2 years ago
  22. Richenbaum

    the problem with DC isn’t that they changed things or that they’re not experimenting enough. the problem is that they’re made up of mostly overworked D-list talents and washed up vets that burnt out way back in the 90s and that their new marketing strategy seems to rely mostly on gimmicks and manufactured controversies over quality content and flooding the shelves with filler garbage to artificially boost their sales on paper. of course they don’t have a whole lot of choice in the matter since they’ve pissed off so many talents and can’t pay as much as Marvel.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. Edo

    If someone would say post some scans from the GameInformer that would be great :) .Nevermind,found them :) and also a bunch of game details .

    #23 2 years ago
  24. Dark

    Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate will be in 2D


    #24 2 years ago
  25. salarta

    @20: Got me again, Flash!

    @23: Most of DC’s problems appear to come from Dan Didio. It seems like a lot of the worst decisions cropped up once he started calling the shots. I think that in general the idea of rebooting the universe is a good idea, so that new readers can jump on, but that the decision to use it as an excuse to force stupid, selfish changes kills any value it had. Many writers appear to be treating it like a free ride to dick with the characters in any way they want and get away with it because “lol reboot I can make idiotic permanent changes to these characters and get away with it because we’re starting over.”

    A lot of the antics taking place or things that companies in the past had enough class and concern toward quality to leave to spinoff and alternate universe territory, not turn into the core franchise. Unfortunately, that’s the era we live in now; take an established IP, force personal interests on it no matter how inappropriate, watch the cash flow in from people that equally don’t appreciate or respect the IP.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. theevilaires

    I saw Justice League Doom today it was awesome.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. CPC_RedDawn

    #22 loki “@17 i hope u start use brain”

    Please, tell me what was so wrong about my comment?

    I simply stated that this game should use the new Unreal 4 engine and not Unreal 3. As the U3 is completely outdated now, and what is so hard to understand that the dev’s could import models, textures, maps, etc from U3 to U4. I used to the SDK for U3 quite a bit and you could import stuff from U2 and even ID Tech 3, and 4. They could use U3 on current consoles, and U4 for new consoles and PC. It really really would not be that hard for a team of this size and the money they have behind them.

    This game coming out so late, you can bet as much as you like it will be released on current and nextgen consoles too.

    #27 2 years ago
  28. tmac2011

    man i wish rocksteady was making this game…..

    #28 2 years ago
  29. Mjorh

    Arkham City was a masterpiece, hope this one be too

    but i’m worry about the thing that Rocksteady is not behind this one !

    #29 2 years ago
  30. Digital Bamboo

    Cool. Just finished Arkham Asylum last night and it was damn near perfect.

    #30 2 years ago
  31. Richenbaum

    @#26 oh yes I think we can all agree about Didio. and the WB execs above him just let him run wild with it because they couldn’t care less about the comic book end of things. to them they’re just advertisements for potential movies.

    #31 2 years ago

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